Since we are in the midst of redoing our laundry room, I have been busy reading all I can about how best to organize it, and taking lots of hints from what I find on the internet. Even with the enlarged space, I still need to make use of every inch. Here are a few ideas I have found that I like that I thought you might find interesting too. Other thoughts? Share them in comments! I would love to learn all I can!
When you look around your home, “imagine the life you want to live” (as Peter Walsh says in his book It’s All Too Much)
I think as you imagine this, you will see that decluttering is exactly what you need to do to start getting to where you want to be. Get started! Even if you only give it 30 min or an hour the first day, start on a small area so you can see the dynamic difference and be motivated to keep going. A little every day, or longer sessions each weekend. Whatever suits you best, but truly we ALL have too much stuff. (A short post today as I need to go do a bit of decluttering in MY home now!)
In the scope of a happy life, a messy desk or an overstuffed coat closet is a trivial thing, yet I find - and I hear from other people that they agree - that getting rid of clutter gives a disproportionate boost to happiness. --Gretchen Rubin
It's always a challenge getting through every magazine I would like. I even keep one or two in the car so when I am stuck waiting somewhere I have something to read so as not to waste the time.
But, after three months it is time to ditch old magazines, or better yet, pass them along to a friend or a doctor's office. If you have had it on hand for three months and not read it, you are likely NOT going to. Time to get rid of those and clean up that pile that seems to be constantly growing.
How about those old cookbooks? Nearly all the recipes I use now are online. I can pass the old ones to our library for their book sale for those that still use cookbooks. This frees up greatly needed space and is an easy item to part with. My feeling is any cookbook that we aren't using should get donated and give me back the extra space I can then use!
Out of clutter, find simplicity. From discord, find harmony. In the middle of difficulty lies opportunity.Albert Einstein
1. Put things away immediately after use.
2. Throw out items that are no longer of use.
3. Pass along or donate any clothes you have that don't make you feel great when you put them on.
4. Go through your make up and toiletries and get rid of items you don't use anymore. Then, refrain from buying new products you don't really need.
5. Whenever you are called upon to donate to a food drive, clear out your pantry of anything your family no longer eats or doesn't want. Remember to donate only unopened products which are not expired . Glass containers are discouraged strongly, but if still good neighbor or friend might be able to take those for their own use.
6. Don't take things simply because they are free if you have no use for it. Don't buy something just because it is a great price. You'll save even more by not buying it at all.
7. Process your incoming mail EVERY day. Ditch anything you don't want or need, like offers to subscribe to magazines you won't read or charities you don't want to give to. Put bills wherever you keep those to be sure they get paid on time. I prefer to put mine on automatic payment online which makes it even easier.
8. Keep your TO DO list in your phone and review it each morning. Try to combine errands when you are out.
9. Have gifts you received that you never will use? Get rid of them and free up additional space for new memories. They do no good living in the back of your closet month after month....
10 Keep like items together. Your phone bill, electric bill, cable bill and others that need to get paid should all be together. Your camera and your lithium camera batteries and the recharger should all be in one place. Keep this in mind whenever assigning a place for something. Everything should have a home. Don't have space? What do you have that is keeping some of that valuable space that you don't really need?
More to come...read this blog regularly to learn more about the ease of keeping organized.
When looking at the NIH site today their tips to prevent falls, I saw the NUMBER ONE tip is to declutter! They said (my italics addition):
There are lots of other reasons to declutter, but this should go to the top of your list, as none of us wants a fall--many of which can result in very serious results. No better day than today to start decluttering. Clear away anything in your walking path, including your steps! You'll be glad you did!
See https://nihseniorhealth.gov/falls/homesafety/01.html for other great suggestions on fall prevention!
This month in Men's Health there was a great article about being more productive by having an organized desk. I totally agree!
They focused on four areas:
Identify the Essentials: Figure out what you need regularly in your desk work and make sure it is accessible. Those you use most should be closest to you.--I like having right at my fingertips my computer keyboard, my glasses, my water bottle, phone and a pen. Those not as crucial can be further away or within drawers or closets.
Start Making Piles: Taking everything into one big pile and then sorting thru and making other smaller piles works best for me. This might be "keep,” “take home,” “to do,” and “trash,” which doesn't even go in a pile but instead goes right into the trashcan under my desktop. Then, get to work filing in the proper place anything that is being kept and prioritizing all in the TO DO area.
Give Everything a Place: As with other areas of your home, I always repeat that everything must have a home. If you don't have a place it is kept, is it really clutter?
And make sure to keep like items together. I have 3 sizes of paper clips, but keep them right in a row so I can change the size easily f there are papers added or deleted.
Think About Upgrading: One of the things my clients love is going to the Container Store or going online to Amazon and ordering cool containers, binders, bins etc. I agree it is fun, but nothing should be purchased until you see what you are keeping after your decluttering is COMPLETE!
You might like to read the entire piece. They have some ideas that differ from mine above. Whatever works for YOU is the right way! Give it a try. You will be more productive and certainly your life far more calm.
According to Carly Waters at mydomain.com, there are four reasons that organization improves your life. I agree!
Efficiency: Creating order leads to efficiency, and efficiency leads to saving time. Rather than spending 20 minutes looking for your wallet, keys, pens, etc., you can spend that time with your family, pets, or your favorite book. How? Because you create a system where everything in your home has a specific place. Once you have order and efficiency, you are able to relax and enjoy the things that really matter.
Clarity and Control: Do you ever feel like you’re juggling 30 things in your brain? Well, part of that comes from your physical surroundings. If you can’t remember where you put an old clothing receipt or what food you have in the pantry, your brain starts to get overwhelmed.
Freedom: You will no longer feel weighed down by your stuff. And truly, who wants that?
Tranquility: At the most basic level, organization equals calm. When you walk into your home after a long day and everything is put away in a systematic way, you immediately can relax and decompress.
Now is a better time than ever to get rid of your ancient tax records, paid credit card statements, bank statements, insurance records etc which should NOT be put in the trash due to personal information sometimes being stolen that way. If you don't own your own shredder, or you have loads to do, there is a free coupon available for 5 lbs of document shredding at Office Depot/Office Max. Go to http://www.officedepot.com/fm/files/od/promo/2017/week_9/cpd/0917_coupon_cpd_shredding_49129966.pdf?cm_sp=copy_print_depot-_-shredding__5freepound-_-print-and-copy_shredding_main_1_0_0 to print out your personal coupon. Coupon good until 4/29/2017. Now get going on purging your files!!!