Useful clutter tips
Useful clutter tips help you to reduce and prevent the accumulation of new clutter. As a Personal Professional Organizer I can assure you that clutter is the small stuff that piles up, sits in boxes, takes up room in closets and drawers, and causes overwhelm. If you agree with the saying, “Don’t sweat the small stuff!”, it’s helpful to apply that attitude to getting rid of clutter.
When I say “small stuff” I mean things that are not currently meaningful, important, or useful to you. Clutter is trivial stuff, it blocks energy and takes up space physically, emotionally and financially. To declutter effectively the best thing that you can do is make quick decisions. Getting help from a Professional Organizer will help you to avoid the pitfalls of doubt, guilt, and stress. These are the feelings that cause people to procrastinate and not make decisions.
Useful clutter tips address 2 things:
- How to let go of existing clutter.
- How to prevent reappearing clutter.
Useful clutter tip #1: If items are spoiled or expired discard them immediately and in a safe manner. Discard spoiled and expired food. Toss expired skin and hair toiletries as well as old makeup (especially mascara).
Useful clutter tip #2: Contact your physician or the local police station to find out how and where to discard expired medications; do not flush them down the toilet. Remember that one of the benefits of organizing is to create a safe and healthy environment to live and work in.
Useful clutter tip #3: Research where you can recycle and dispose of toxic products, electronics, batteries and light bulbs safely. Please do not put them in the trash and read safety instructions very carefully. Even water mixed with some chemicals can be poisonous. Contact your local landfill to find out what items such appliances, they will or will not take.
Useful clutter tip #4: Prevent accumulation of clutter by designating a convenient place to store everything that does not need to live on top of furniture, counters, or floors. It is more likely that you will put it away if it has a “home” to live in.
Useful clutter tip #5: A great deal of clutter can be prevented by addressing your shopping habits. Reappearing clutter comes from purchasing items that aren’t needed. For instance, when it comes to clothing, be honest and ask yourself questions such as:
- Will I wear it in the near future? Does it fit well and enhance my image and confidence?
- Do I already have something like this item? Realistically how many pairs of jeans, for example, do I need?
Bulk shopping lends itself to clutter and storage problems. Everyone loves a good deal however it is helpful to establish a limit for when you replenish items in bulk. For instance, when you are left with 3 rolls of paper towels, that might be a time to buy more, rather than just buying more because they are on sale.
Here is a fun fact that I didn’t know… January 4th is Trivia Day. The famous trivia game, Trivial Pursuit, is thought to have sparked people’s fascination with trivia and competing to see who knows more odd facts about geography, history, art, science, sports and entertainment. Trivial Pursuit was first created in in Montreal, Quebec, Canada in 1979 by two men named Chris Haney and Scott Abbott, who had become frustrated to find pieces of their Scrabble game had gone missing, thus inspiring them to create their own game. Of course, I would have encouraged them to let go of the incomplete game! Trivial Pursuit became an almost instant hit and worldwide phenomenon, and the trivia craze began. https://www.daysoftheyear.com/days/trivia-day/
December 28, 2011Here are some great ideas to start your new year in an organized fashion, check out these calendars: http://www.realsimple.com/home-organizing/organizing/calendars-new-year-00000000050216/index.html?xid=df-12-28-2011 Read more
December 27, 2011As 2012 approaches think about ways to organize your calendar. Write down all of the important occasions (birthdays and anniversaries) on your calendar for the entire year now. Buy cards for the entire month (always keep a few extra blank ones on hand). File them in your bill organizer each month (a week before the due date). ... Read more
December 18, 2011My client is so motivated. Watch how we organize this drawer… http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Rs8R3UwqiTk&feature=g-upl&context=G24999a0AUAAAAAAABAA Read more
December 16, 2011Living in San Diego is expensive so I am always looking to find ideas to save my organizing clients money… Do you clip coupons? Do you use them before they expire? Do you organize them in a way that makes them easy to use? Most important, do you have them with you when you need them? There ... Read more
December 13, 2011Don’t sabatoge your time. Plan to run errands at times when you are least likely to have to wait in lines. Too many excuses not to exercise? Do it first thing in the morning before you turn on the computer! Make difficult phone calls first & get them over with. Read more
December 12, 2011Establish a routine for accomplishing regular tasks. These might include: responding to email, paying bills, making phone calls, running errands. Set a day & time slot to do these tasks. For example, commit to some type of exercise every morning from 7-8 a.m. Check email 2x/day from 10-10:20 a.m. and 3-3:20 p.m. The benefit of a routine is to create ... Read more
December 9, 2011Most kids are on vacation for at least 2 weeks. No matter what their ages that’s a long time and planning some activities is in everyone’s best interest. TIPS: Use a calendar that is visible to the family & write down scheduled activities. Schedule time for reading (let them select the books) & mark due dates. Schedule time ... Read more
December 5, 2011There are some basic tips for getting started that are easy to implement: TIP 1: Get rid of all clothing that is stained & torn. TIP 2: Get rid of all clothing that you have not worn in more than two (2) years. TIP 3: Get rid of clothing that does not fit you now…too tight, too loose, too short, ... Read more
December 4, 2011If you are asking, “Do I need a makeover?” that means that the idea has already crossed your mind and that you are open to the process. That’s great! Everyone – men and women – can benefit from a makeover. The Outside In Approach knows that helping you make the right choices about how you present yourself outwardly will ... Read more
December 1, 2011TIP #1: Do you have a stash of old tissue, gift bags, wrapping paper & bows? Instead of buying more, create a staging area in your home, lay it all out, use it up this season. TIP #2: Do you have a collection of flower vases or glass jars you’re not using? Get them out, clean ... Read more