Useful Declutter Tips
Useful Declutter Tips include the many ways to let go of the items that you no longer need. This is 1 of 29 ways to be generous with your time. With a little bit of time management you can:
- Recycle items such as paper, glass, metal, electronics, batteries, light bulbs .
- Discard items that cannot be repaired or used in any manner, including toxic items.
- Shred confidential documents.
- Consign, resell valuable or highly desired items.
- Donate items in good condition.
- Re-gift, gift items that were never used.
Useful Declutter Tips – Donate
Useful Declutter Tips to start using now! It is likely that you can donate things that you no longer use or wear. It takes as little as 5-10 minutes to scan your garage, closets, drawers, cupboards, and shelves then 10 minutes or so to bag the items that you no longer need. Remember that someone else will benefit from your donations. The benefits you receive when you declutter and donate include:
- Gain more space in your home, office
- Gratitude for being able to help someone in need
- Supporting a cause that is important to you
- Tax write-off
A number of organizations accept donations. Remember to check and see which ones will pick up items from your home, and if there are any restrictions on what they will take. Some groups will take items that are not operational or in need minor repairs, ask them that as well. Here are some popular organizations:
- Rescue Mission
- Helen Woodward Animal Center, Orphaned Donations
- Straight From the Heart
- Salvation Army
- St. Jude
- Father Joe’s
- United Cerebral Palsy Center
- Habitat For Humanity ReStore
- Animal shelters, humane centers
- Community Resource Center
Useful Declutter Tips – My Favorites
As a Personal Professional Organizer I encourage you to enjoy the space that you clear before you think about re-filling it. These are 3 of my favorite, useful declutter tips that my clients find helpful during our declutter work together:
Declutter tip: It’s okay to break up a set of items, for instance, if you have a place setting for 12 and don’t entertain a group of that size you can donate 6 of the settings.
Declutter tip: Think about those suits that you no longer wear. Keep the jacket to wear with other pieces of clothing and donate the skirt or pants.
Declutter tip: Donate surplus office supplies to libraries with literacy programs, after school programs, senior centers, and donation center offices.
November 23, 2012‘Tis the season for gifts and the need for gift ideas that don’t add to the clutter. I love the idea of toys with storage features. Check out this article: http://www.nytimes.com/2012/11/22/garden/shopping-for-toy-storage-with-michael-aram.html Read more
November 22, 2012With so much media attention on hoarding behavior I find that people either fear that they are hoarding, or just the opposite, and are in denial about their behavior. I just read an review in the New York Times of “The Hoarder in You: How to Live a Happier, Healthier, Uncluttered Life” by Robin Zasio. ... Read more
November 2, 2012Make your tasks more manageable by applying the “1-at-a-time rule”. What does that mean? Work on 1 task at a time. Work in 1 space at a time. Talk to 1 person without distraction. You get the idea. The key is to focus, be present, and more efficient. Not only will you shorten the amount of time it takes ... Read more
November 1, 2012Rest, nourished, and distraction-free. It’s just that simple! It’s the chicken and egg issue…are you tired and frazzled because you are not organized? Or are you disorganized because you are not practicing self care? You are more likely to be able to focus and get things done when you are rested, well fed and hydrated, ... Read more
October 30, 2012As a Professional Organizer I am attuned to working with individuals who have special needs. That may include health issues, disabling conditions, aging, and emotional issues. All individuals have special needs to lesser and greater extents, and all of us can benefit from regularly organizing our space or our time. Some considerations… Do you start things ... Read more
October 29, 2012I am always saying that the best tip for looking good is wearing clothing that fits. Nothing looks worse than clothing that is too tight, baggy, low cut, or short unless it is appropriate for your body type. Still, we need to consider age (sorry), comfort, and whether it is event-appropriate. So, do you now ... Read more
October 22, 2012I was talking to a friend the other day and she shared this photo of the spice rack she built. She did a great job using a prominent space in the kitchen, adding colors to the wall. Fabulous idea and that way she didn’t have to use precious cupboard or drawer space. I get great ... Read more
October 19, 2012Did you know that 1 of the reasons why clutter accumulates is that we don’t manage our time effectively? 3 TIPS to combat that: #1 – Schedule everything! Use your planner to schedule tasks, not just appointments. #2 – Time yourself! Set a timer to help you make quick decisions…keep? recycle? shred? #3 – Organize regularly. Remember, organizing ... Read more
October 16, 2012A few simple changes will give you a new, more polished look! Update your eyeglass frames next time you get your eyes checked. Try on wigs to see what a new style might look like. Bring an honest friend along. Add a little color with blush and tinted lip gloss. Send me your photo for more personalized ideas! Read more
October 15, 2012Your desktop is a surface that is primarily a space to work on rather than a storage space. Are you afraid that if you don’t leave papers out that you will forget to do something? As an organizing and productivity expert I can assure you that that strategy doesn’t work. In fact, it creates mental ... Read more