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.
April 15, 2012Take advantage of those rainy days and pick one project you would like to start and finish. It’s important that when you finish, you reward yourself for getting it done.* Remember the Outside In Organizer and Makeovers approach: 1. Sort – put all discards into recycle, shred immediately. 2. Keep – is it something that requires action? If ... Read more
April 12, 2012Sound familiar? For some people the very idea of letting go of an item is very difficult and even emotional. As an Organizer I often hear my clients thank me for helping by “giving permission” to donate or discard things. Sometimes it’s compassionate coaching, and using guiding questions to help the client make the decision. ... Read more
April 11, 2012You’ve seen the shows on tv, magazines devoted to organizing, you’ve signed up for the Outside In Organizer and Makeovers newsletter…but you still struggle with letting go of things in your home or office. You are not alone. There are many reasons why getting rid of things is challenging for people: “I spent a lot of ... Read more
April 10, 2012One of the many reasons why I love being an Organizer is that I can show my clients simple to use strategies to organize their lives. The Outside In Organizer and Makeovers approach looks at what is behind (or under) the problem. Not enough space? Eliminate clutter. Contain smaller items. Store items near the place they’re ... Read more
April 9, 2012Did you know that there is a professional organization for Organizers? Check out the #NAPO San Diego page on Facebook and “Like” it. As a Board member I want to let you all know that In addition to #Outside In Organizers and Makeovers there are numerous organizing professionals who provide services throughout the county. Thinking ... Read more
April 6, 2012We all know people who don’t seem affected by piles of magazines, clothes on the closet floor, or unopened mail. One person’s clutter may be another person’s breaking point! So, what’s so bad about clutter? Like any kind of excess clutter can be create a health risk, safety hazard, time waster, money loser, or social ... Read more
April 2, 2012Each person has a different level of tolerance for what they think disorganization is in any given aspect of their lives. We all know individuals who can find exactly what they need at any given time when surrounded by piles of papers. We may also know people who complain that they never have enough time ... Read more
March 30, 2012Did you know that one of the best ways to empower your children is to give them structured choices? Even at a young age children have a sense of what they are good at doing, and what they enjoy doing (often the same). Teaching children to take responsibility, help maintain order in their rooms and ... Read more
March 28, 2012Spring is officially here and it’s time to tend to your closet. Here are some of Outside In Organizer & Makeovers’ favorite tips: Take everything out and separate by clothing category: tops, bottoms, etc. Do a quick sort – discards, donates, consignments, repairs & alterations. Do a thorough cleaning – vacuum, dust; use cedar blocks, Damp Rid, etc. Invest in a ... Read more
March 27, 2012As an Image Consultant and Professional Organizer I love to get into people’s closets! Do you want to organize your wardrobe so that it’s easy to find something to wear for any occasion? Organizing always begins with taking stock of what you have. Schedule time (at least 2 hours) and begin by: 1. Clearing your bed ... Read more