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/
July 29, 2011A: Assess your needs B: Budget your time C: Choose ASSESS YOUR NEEDS – What organizing task would give you the biggest results? Prioritize. BUDGET YOUR TIME – Professional Organizers recommend that you determine how much time it would take to work on an organizing project, and then double it. CHOOSE – Now choose one project (and only one) to ... Read more
July 29, 2011Choose to do at least one thing each day: Go thru your children’s closets – donate anything in good condition that does not fit anymore; wash anything that is soiled; repair items, as needed. Now, do the same with all of the items in drawers. Shoes – you know the drill! NOTE: Donate shoes in any condition to ... Read more
July 21, 2011Here some ideas for organizing your pantry: TIP: Use clear containers and bins to hold items that are small like spices, fiber bars, or vitamin bottles. That way you can easily see what is inside, and catch spills. TIP: Store items in plastic or glass rather than fabric or metal containers.This will make clean up much easier. TIP: ... Read more
July 20, 2011Here are 4 easy steps: (1) Discard all spoiled and expired items. Keep a shopping list handy so that you can write down those items you want to replace. (2) Remove all items from the pantry, place them on the countertop or table grouping like items together. Take stock of how much of particular items you have ... Read more
July 6, 2011Where and how you store your medical history is a personal decision. Consider access, privacy, and emergency preparedness when you weigh the benefits of relying on a hard copy and or electronic file. Do you have a personal safe or rent a safe deposit box? Does your emergency contact have a current copy? Your personal ... Read more
July 5, 2011Whether it is for you or a loved one it is important to organize your medical history, have it readily accessible, and stored safely. The advantages of this are that over time we cannot rely solely upon memory. An organized medical history may include past and present information about: Medications, vitamins, supplements Dates and results of examinations, ... Read more
June 23, 2011“When I cannot bear outer pressures anymore, I begin to put order in my belongings…As if unable to organize and control my life, I seek to exert this on the world of objects.” Anais Nin, The Diary of Anais Nin. Read more
June 8, 2011Soles 4 Souls You can accomplish a lot by donating your shoes to a very worth cause, Soles 4 Soles. http://www.soles4souls.org/ Check with me or your local Professional Organizer to find out more. Read more
May 30, 2011In most places summer is only two months long. If you’ve waited for summer to address big organizing projects then it’s probably a good idea to pick only 1-2 to work on. Try to break each project up into smaller ones and work on one per week. For instance, maybe you want to organize your ... Read more
May 25, 2011You know all of those photos that are sitting in boxes somewhere in your house or garage? Why not consider making your father an album of favorite memories for Father’s Day? You don’t have to go out and purchase anything except the album. Fill it with photos that span time, or have a theme like ... Read more