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I’m Still Spring Cleaning and Attempting to Live Clutter Free, how about YOU?

April 13, 2010 in De-Clutter,Life

Being unorganized can make life tough in a number of ways.  Clutter in your home can cause an unending, overall sense of stress and clutter your mind, because you’re lacking a certain amount of order in your life. It also causes unsightly clutter and makes it hard to find things.  The good news is that with some easy home organization tips, you can have your home clutter free in no time!  It may seem like an impossible task right now, but when broken down into smaller projects, organization can actually happen!

Try these simple de-cluttering tips:

1. Get rid of your clutter. If you haven’t figured it out, I call it, “de-cluttering”.  There’s no use in organizing items that you’re not going to keep, so getting rid of them first is a good initial step. It’s best to live by the rule that if you haven’t used an item in over a year and it doesn’t hold sentimental value, you should probably consider letting go of it.

  • Make piles for trash, donations, and things to sell.  Grab 3 garbage bags for each category of items.  If you are really feeling adventurous i.e., if you have the time (hah, hah!)  You can use websites like eBay or Craigslist to sell unwanted items for extra cash.

2. Start small. It’s important to set small goals for yourself, room by room, throughout your house. Use your index cards as you go room by room.  When you focus on everything as a whole it can get overwhelming so using your index cards to set room by room goals helps to keep the de-cluttering tasks manageable.

  • Try starting in your bathroom, or better yet, just start by going through the cabinet underneath your bathroom sink. Throw out old items and organize the rest. Afterward, you can call it a day and then work on another small project another time just pick one from your index card.  Don’t forget to schedule your de-cluttering time so you can fit it into your already busy schedule and set a time limit!
  • As you move to new rooms, maintain the organization of the rooms you’ve already done. You don’t want to complete a few rooms only to find out that your bathroom cabinets are disorganized again.  It’s all about maintaining, maintaining, maintaining…although this is easier to write than to do (smile).

3. Learn how to store things. Just because you’ve gotten your things out of sight, it doesn’t mean that you’ve got an organizational method. Plan a strategy to store similar things together in marked storage bins.  The see through plastic bins are best because you can create a sign that you can see through the bin so you will always know what is inside.

  • Once you follow through on your storage strategy, then you’ll know where things are. You can also benefit from learning how to store things in sight. Make good use of shelves, baskets, or furniture with built-in storage space to keep things neat and where you’re likely to need them.

4. Create a cleaning schedule. Once you have your home in order, it’s all about maintenance. You’ll need to find a way to keep things in order. Make a schedule to keep track of what chores are done and when. You can even schedule in a time to deal with clutter to get everything back into its proper place.  Just write in your de-cluttering time on your schedule!

  • Dividing up the cleaning tasks throughout the week will make it easier to maintain the order you worked so hard to attain. This limits “chore time” to short increments of time. Instead of spending an entire Saturday cleaning, clean a room each day, and then you can have fun on the weekend while your home is still neat and tidy.
  • Establish the habit of picking up as you go. When you take something out of its place to use it, put it back when you’re done.  Remember, create a place for everything so that everything will have it’s place!

If you really want to change your life, just BELIEVE that you can and get to it!  Even if you’ve been unorganized forever, use these tips to help you turn things around and enjoy the lovely home you’ve created.  But most importantly enjoy your de-cluttered mind that this simple task of organizing can create!  Be-patient, you can live a de-cluttered life (at least that’s what I keep telling myself, being a busy mom of 3, with a husband and 3 thriving businesses!)

Be Balanced!  Deona, Your Balance Partner

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JC Conrad-Ellis April 14, 2010 at 7:21 pm

Good points! De-cluttering is always a work in progress. As avid consumers, we’re always buying stuff! I have gotten really good about recycling the clothes and shoes in my closet. When I buy something new, before I put it away, something gets put in the goodwill bag. Without exception. Disciplining myself to do this has really helped me keep my closet current and clutter free. I’ve been a work from home mom for 7 years and still had business suits in my closet from my corporate work days. Although a few were “classic keep pieces” most of the clothing was dated. A few items were still in the dry cleaning bag! As I stared at the items, it did take me back down memory lane and I was tempted to keep some of the pieces, but stopped myself from this sentimental suicide. Was I really going to wear an olive green suit with a skirt that hit my knees and a long jacket too? Absolutely not! Out it went. I also try to clean my kids’ closets and toy bins with the same since of regularlity, which always takes me down the memory lane journey. I don’t want to become that old, weird lady who can’t throw anything out, finding myself a subject of an HGTV special. Thanks for the de-clutter reminders and tips!

Monica April 14, 2010 at 10:58 pm

Thanks for the advice, I just need some motivation to get started and let go of those things I have not used or worn in over year.

Deona April 15, 2010 at 3:29 pm

Ahh, the big “M” word!

Deona April 15, 2010 at 3:30 pm

JC- you just made me remember a suit bag that I have in the back of my closet! I think it’s time to let it go….

Sharon April 29, 2010 at 8:26 pm

These are great ideas! The one thing I dread is spring cleaning and the whole de-cluttering process. The mere thought of the project makes me want to run the opposite direction–but starting small puts the big project in a more manageable perspective!

Deona May 2, 2010 at 8:06 pm

Sharon, glad you made the connection that taking small actions steps toward the goal is the way to complete the project! Good luck!!

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