Rainy day organizing projects | Closets
Rainy day organizing projects | closets give you a sense of accomplishment. You can always schedule rainy day organizing projects even when it is not raining! You can organize by room but I suggest that you start small and declutter one closet at a time. Plan ahead so that you have uninterrupted time to declutter and re-organize. Most closets don’t need an entire do-over. It is a matter of taking the time to focus on the space using my “1-at-a-time rule“. When you declutter and organize 1 space at a time you are less likely to get overwhelmed more likely to feel a sense of accomplishment.
Easy, step by step tips for rainy day organizing projects | Closets
- Avoid buying anything in advance. You will likely end up with unused bins, containers, and hangers after you purge.
- Make sure that you have enough bags and containers for trash, recycling, shredding, donations, items that you can resell, clothing that needs dry cleaning or alterations.
- Take everything out of the closet.
- Clean and vacuum the closet and shelves, oil the hinges, replace dead light bulbs, or add motion detector lighting to the closet.
- Make quick, easy decisions to let go of anything that you no longer need, want, or that is in good repair and cannot be fixed at a reasonable cost.
- Sort “like” items into piles.
- Set the items that don’t “belong” in that closet aside for now. You will find a different place for them to “live” after you finish re-organizing the closet that you are working on.
- Contain smaller items that need to stay together in bins, baskets and clear containers. Label containers, as needed.
- Store frequently used items in easy to reach, visible places.
- Whenever possible, store heavy items at eye level to minimize lifting them from lower or higher levels.
- Utilize vertical spaces such as the inside of the closet door. Add hooks, wire shelves and cubbies to maximize use of vertical, shelf and floor space.
- Keep deep piles and stacks to a minimum.
- Return the items that you are keeping to the closet.
Get rid of everything that you are not keeping immediately. Put the donations and consignments into your car and take them away that day, if possible. Discard trash and recycling.
- Schedule a time to re-organize this closet in 6-8 months in order to maintain your well organized space.
Rainy day organizing projects | closets
Try to work on one closet at a time and then decide what is the next space that you want to clear? There is no right or wrong answer to the question. Some people like to work on categories of items such as just clothing or books that are all throughout the house. If this approach works for you that’s the right approach. Many of the women that I assist get distracted by gathering items from multiple spaces. That is why I suggest working in one space at a time. The Outside In Approach is all about making the task less overwhelming so that you can live a clutter-free life.
June 14, 2013We all want to feel a sense of accomplishment. Here are 3 things to guarantee your success: Be realistic Prioritize Recruit help BE REALISTIC: That means that you want to consider balancing your list with other aspects of your life (family, work, vacation); you don’t want to spend all weekend working on these projects, or do you? Be realistic ... Read more
June 12, 2013When you consider the amount of time it takes to organize and plan for a garage sale, is it worth it? Will you have enough people to help you on that day(s)? Are you ready for people to haggle over already deeply discounted prices? Here are some alternatives you might want to consider first: Take items ... Read more
June 10, 2013Create an end of school year ritual and purge the backpack. No matter what the student’s age you can get him or her involved as well. Have the student take everything out and place it on a cleared surface. Have him/her identify what can be discarded or recycled. Help him/her identify what can be donated to an organization ... Read more
June 4, 2013Many people are becoming more conscious about their spending priorities, that’s a good thing! Most of us live in or near a great destination. I want to share this terrific article with some easy ideas for vacation with travel: http://www.carolinaparent.com/articlemain.php?Enjoy-a-Vacation-Without-Travel-Costs-2514 Read more
April 29, 2013Do you have a closet full of clothes but tend to wear the same items and outfits most of the time? Try these strategies for wearing all of your clothes in new ways! Purge those items you know that you will never wear, or will never fit. Decide how you want to organize your closet: by color? ... Read more
April 28, 2013The process of letting go is different for each of us. Are we doing it by choice, or is it because of a difficult situation? Either way, here are some guiding questions to ask yourself as you go through the process: 1. Do I really need it? 2. When was the last time that I used it? 3. ... Read more
April 24, 2013Do you get those inserts with your statements encouraging you to go paperless? Outside In Approach TIP #1 – Implement the “1-at-a-Time Rule”. Get into the habit of going paperless, 1 account at a time. It only takes a couple of minutes. Outside In Approach TIP #2 – Create & practice your “Optimal Habits”. Every 6 mos. ... Read more
April 23, 2013It doesn’t matter if you use paper or digital formats to create and update your To-do list. The Outside In Approach recommends that you commit to the following time management principles: First – Use your calendar to schedule items on your To-do list.You will get your projects done if they’re on your schedule. Second – Be clear ... Read more
April 19, 2013The benefits of organizing include ease of use, greater productivity, and safety. Think about these aspects when organizing your travel and packing: WHEELS, BACK PACKS, OVER THE SHOULDER BAGS Select luggage that has wheels that move in all directions, not just forward. You’ll maneuver traffic in the terminal with ease. Consider using a back pack as your ... Read more
April 17, 2013Keeping it simple makes travel much easier. Some useful tips for organizing: 1. Use a checklist. During the trip, note the items you didn’t need to bring & add the ones you wished you brought with you. Revise the list when you get home. 2. Use a color theme for your clothing. This will enable you ... Read more