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Does your key chain jingle in your pocket drive you looney on certain days?  I just read about the Key Bar.  https://www.keybar.us
This might be a solution for those of you in this situation.  Let me know what you think of it if you try it.  Would love to know what you think!

 
 
I loved an idea a recent client shared with me, and I asked if I could pass it along to you.  Thankfully she agreed, since I would hate for you to miss out on this great tip.

Before going out shopping for something, she does what she calls "Shopping at Home."  Let's say she needs something to go with her new slacks.  Before going out to buy something, she carefully looks through what she has to determine if she already has something that will work, instead of adding more to her closet.  What about a gift for Aunt Ellen?  She has put aside duplicates of new items she has bought or been given and surveys those first to see if something there might fit this occasion.  (Be sure if you set aside a gift to "regift" later to use a post-it to note for marking who gave you that item so you don't put your foot in your mouth by giving it back to that same person!)  What if you need more tape for gift wrapping or at your desk when your roll runs out?  Check where you keep extra office supplies first before running out for it.  If you are using the last of your back-ups, add it to your list for whenever you are shopping anyway.

Isn't this a great idea?  I even like what she calls it--Shopping at Home!
 
 
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I had a great time last weekend going to NC to see my Goddaughter, and all around awesome niece, graduate college and then be commissioned into the USAF!  The bonus was, while at the home of her family I got to organize their spices!  We took all of them out, putting them on the counter in alpha order then combined any that were duplicates and both were open, set aside unopened duplicates to store as "back-ups", cleaned off sticky bottles and ditched ones that were from the 1940's (ok, it wasn't THAT bad, but there were some nearly my age!).  Then we cleaned the area where they are stored--they have a very cool specially built drawer for spices--and put them back in all in alpha order, making the chore of finding what one needs next time very simple!  Give it a try.  You'll be amazed how quickly you can make order out of chaos in your spice cabinet.  

 
 
The most important rule of organizing I have mentioned a few times--but always good for a refresher:  Whatever does not either bring great joy or serve a purpose is clutter.  Clutter you need to get rid of to organize what you do have and want to keep and allow calm to enter your life.  

Here are a few more ideas that might resonate with you as you undertake getting organized.

1.  One in One out Rule  This refers to each time your bring a new item into the home then one must be gotten rid of.  If you get a new pair of jeans because you have lost lots of weight, find an old pair to get rid of, or if you want to keep the extra pair, pick out a blouse or sweater that is shot or no longer makes you feel smashing and give that a new home at Goodwill or in the trash, depending how bad it is.  Maybe you are trying to build up your clothing though.  In that case check your kitchen.  Do you really need that hand mixer you haven't used since the 90s?  Time for it to go.  You get the idea.

2.  Mark boxes  This is especially important if your bins or boxes are not see-thru, like some of the Tupperware type bins are.  Make sure they are well marked so EVERYONE in the house knows what is inside so they too will put things back where they belong.  Use a label maker if you have one, or simple masking tape on all sides of the box with large hand printing is great.  

3.  Get rid of duplicates  How many can openers do you really need?  One, so get rid of the extra.  You have 3 pair of orange socks that you wear once a year at Halloween?  And how about soup bowls?  How often do you serve 27 people at once?  Ok, point made!  

More hints to come.  Stay tuned and visit often.  We love having you.  Happy organizing!
 
 
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What is your greatest impediment to getting going on decluttering and organizing?  Many clients tell me it is just getting started.  Start small—an end table in your bedroom, a bathroom medicine cabinet, a pantry in the kitchen.  You’ll see success and it makes it easier for your next session!  Get started today!