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.
January 21, 2012Apply the 1 at-a-time rule to increase your productivity in any area. Eliminate or minimize your interruptions and distractions. Here are some ways: Driving? Focus on the traffic and surroundings (put your cell phone in the trunk). Working on a project? Reward yourself with social media after the project is completed. Meeting with someone? Let voicemail do it’s job ... Read more
January 20, 2012Execute the 1 at-a-time rule: Clear 1 space at-a-time Sort 1 pile of papers at-a-time Make a phone call without checking email at the same time and so on Read more
January 19, 2012TipOfTheDay: Take a break and boost your alertness with another stretch second: Step 1: Extend your right leg. Point & flex the foot 3x. Step 2: Leaving your leg extended, circle the foot, only to the right 3x, then to the left 3x. Step 3: Repeat with your left leg extended. Point & flex the foot; circle the ... Read more
January 18, 2012TipOfTheDay: Stretch to be more productive! Take a stretch second in just 3 Easy Steps: Sit up straight in your chair & place your hands on your thighs. Twist your upper body to the left looking behind you & hold for a count of 4. Repeat to the right side & hold for 4. How does taking a break make ... Read more
January 17, 2012Did you realize that self care makes us more productive? Take a stretch second after completing a task. Step 1: Sit up straight. Tilt your head forward. Slowly roll your head towards your left shoulder, hold for a count of 4. Slowly roll your head back to center, hold for 4. Slowly roll your head towards your right shoulder, hold ... Read more
January 16, 2012TipOfTheDay: Take a breath break to be more productive. Here’s how: Do this before your start a new task or make a difficult phone call. Exhale fully to start. Inhale deeply for a count of 4. Hold the breath for a count of 4. Exhale slowly for a count of 6. Repeat this cycle 3x. Read more
January 15, 2012TipOfTheDay: Schedule your commute to and from appointments into your calendar. Be realistic about the time that you have available. Read more
January 14, 2012Multipurpose your calendar for note taking, mileage, expenses. You will be able to track everything more easily at the end of the month. Read more
January 13, 2012TipOfTheDay: Place the shredder next to or under your desk for immediate and easy access. Read more
January 12, 2012Outside In Organizer & Makeovers is seeing an increase in clients needing help due to hoarding. Want to know more? http://www.bottomlinepublications.com/content/article/home-a-family/hoarding-you-or-someone-you-love-could-become-a-victim Read more