Tag Archives: clutter

“I’ll need this someday.”

Are these words familiar to you when it comes to hanging onto to an item in your home? A year or ten years later you haven’t used that item, so face the truth, it has become clutter!

Here are the top 5 reasons I’ve heard as to why we hang onto stuff?

Reason 5 – “I’ll get it fixed later.”   broken vacuum cleaner

 

 

 

 

 

 

outdated jeansReason 4 – “I’ll lose/gain weight and will be able to wear it again.”

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

old tape recorder  Reason 3 – “I paid a lot of money for this.”

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

ugly chair

 

Reason 2 –  “I don’t use it but it belonged to my grandfather/grandmother (or other relative).

They are deceased and I hate to get rid of it.”

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

stacked mailReason 1 – “I just don’t have time to go through my mail, read my magazines or newspapers or file away   paperwork.”

 

 

 

 

We hold onto to things that no longer have value. We hold onto to things because of sentimental reasons. We hold onto to things because of perceived value. We don’t do tasks because of time management issues. These are reasons that cause clutter in our homes. They cause our homes to be less desirable to live in. They cause our lives to become overwhelmed.

Are these “things” cluttering your home or your life?  You don’t have to worry, I won’t tell anyone I found them in your home.

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A New Sweater for Christmas? – A Reason to Organize Your Closet!

I got a new sweater for Christmas and I’m not thinking about re-gifting it because I absolutely love it! However, I have several sweaters already. I’m a firm believer that when I bring one item into my home, I remove one item. The space I have designated in my closet only holds so many sweaters, so I have to make a decision as to which older sweater I’ll donate to someone.  The choice is easy because I have a sweater that is almost the same pattern as my new sweater.

Sweaters for web

The new year gives us a reason to organize, right?! Why not start with your closet? I’ve found a great Clothing Organizing Checklist from Real Simple Magazine to share with you.

http://www.realsimple.com/home-organizing/organizing/closets/clothes-closet-organizing-checklist-00000000002177/index.html

Reap the rewards of keeping an organized closet by …

Gaining time in the morning when you’re getting dressed,

Making your clothes, shoes and accessories last longer when they are properly stored, and

Saving money because you don’t buy duplicate items when you know what’s in your closet.

I’m starting the new year off to a good start by wearing my new sweater, donating my old sweater and keeping my closet less cluttered from too many sweaters. If you haven’t decided what to do with the gift cards you received, why don’t you use them to help you create the closet of your dreams, or at least one that is better organized!  Let me know if one of your New Year’s Resolutions is to have an organized closet and how you plan to do it.

Happy New Year and Happy Closet Organizing!

The Animal Series, Article 2 – Is Your Mustang in Your Garage?

Article 2 in a Series of 3

I’ve watched a few episodes of ” Two Broke Girls” on CBS.  When Caroline (the newest broke girl) moved into Max’s (the already broke girl) apartment, she brought along few possessions from her former rich lifestyle. Her most cherished possession, however, was a horse that they put in the backyard since they obviously coul not put it in the small apartment. I found it hilarious that they thought they would be able to keep the horse in the backyard and eventually, with winter approaching, they had to move it to a stable that would, of course, be an extra expense to them.

I’ve never seen a horse in anyone’s garage, yet. However, we acquire so much stuff, I’m wondering if someone does have a horse in their garage. If you know someone who does, let me know. Our original intent of having a garage is to keep our cars in it.   When other stuff starts piling up, where do we put our cars?  Outside! This can become an extra expense because your car can obtain weather related damage.

Some of you may want your garage to serve as a multi-purpose space. A garage and a workshop or a garage and storage area are two examples. Whatever your space needs are, here are a few simple organizing tips to making your garage a functional space:

1. Develop a plan for how you want the garage to function.

2. Clean out the space completely and make repairs where needed.

3. Sort items. Items that are no longer useful or important that don’t need repair, give away or sell.  Discard junk that cannot be repaired. These are usually the things that take up most space in the garage.

4. Everything that you plan on putting back into the space, sort into categories, such as sporting equipment, tools, chemicals and paints, seasonal items, etc..

5. Items such as rakes, shovels, lawn chairs, bikes, and sleds can be hung on the wall with large, sturdy hooks. You can purchase garages at hardware stores such as Ace Hardware.

6. Invest in some type of cabinetry or shelving units to store items that cannot be hung on the walls.

7. Be safety concious. Store chemicals and paints in their original containers in locked cabinets. Keep a fire extinguisher rated “ABC” (effective for all types of fires) in the garage.

Clutter is all about delaying making decisions. So if you haven’t decided what to do with the “horse” you’ve kept in the garage, make the decision to get out it right now, especially since spring is just around the corner.