Tag Archives: Decluttering

What To Do With Miscellaneous Stuff When Decluttering Your Home

OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERAWhen I’m decluttering a client’s home,  often we find old or unused medications. You’ve been told not to flush down them down the toilet or throw them in the trash. What exactly do you do with them? I was at the Vehicle Registration office and was happy to see a Medicine Disposal Kiosk.

We use to be able to get rid of the old TVs at the local charitable thrift stores, but not anymore. Some of us have recycling services at our homes or in a central location in our neighborhoods, however, you are limited as to the items you can recycle. So what do you do with other stuff like old electronics, mattresses, hard drives from computers, etc..  After an Internet search, I found this Metropolitan Nashville and Davidson County Public Works Department “Nashville Area Recycling Service Providers” pdf:

http://www.nashville.gov/Portals/0/SiteContent/pw/docs/recycle/Recycling_Service_Providers.pdf

 Nashville area residents, check it out! Most likely, other cities will offer a similar publication.  Just go to your  ‘ .gov ‘ website and conduct a search for recycling service providers.

Hopefully, this will be a resource you’ll be able to utilize often, and you’ll probably never have to wonder what to do with some of that stuff that’s in your closet, garage or junk room anymore.

If you got other resources or tips on how to get rid of miscellaneous stuff, please drop me a comment.

Thank You New Year Resolutions!

Boy, I have been busy! I think because of New Year’s Resolutions, I have new clients and they have less clutter and the ability to focus on more important things in their lives.

February was exhilarating for me.  I was so busy, I lost a couple of pounds. I went to San Francisco for a mini-vacation – very rejuvenating.  Look what I found sitting on the dock of the bay at Fisherman’s Wharf.

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I organized my first child’s room.  The little boy had so many toys and I didn’t know what many of them were. He had to tell me whether it was an action toy, a part of a game, or whatever to help me organize the toys into categories.  He probably thought, “This lady is really dumb.”  Do you know there are Legos called Lego Ninjago?

One of my passions is delivering Meals on Wheels for the Nashville Fifty Forward Program [ http://www.fiftyforward.org ] .  I deliver on Fridays and that’s when I get hugs and lots of Thank You’s which makes me feel extra special.  Last Friday, I stopped by the Director’s office to say hello. Being an organizer, I usually look around to see how a person organizes their space.

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I was so impressed with her repurposing empty spice containers from the pantry, I had to take a photo.  How clever!

 

 

Pretty and Practical Organizing Products

Big Lots fabulous find

Found at Big Lots

Everything A $ Store Find

Everythings A $ Store Find

Shopping for items to organize a client’s space is one business task I enjoy more than the bookkeeping. When a client hires me, I’ll request that they do not purchase any organizing or storage products before we start the job. The reason is that most often, what you need is already in your home. It may take a creative mind to see how to reuse an item for organizing, such as repurposing a small bookshelf into a storage unit to hold towels and toiletries in a small bathroom. However, after the clutter is cleared, you may have to purchase some things. It’s important to include organizing and storage products in your budget when you plan to organize your space.

 

When I saw these cute storage bins at Big Lots, I thought one could be put in an entry closet to hold hats, gloves, scarves and other items you would store in an entry closet. Or,  perhaps you have a small child and one could be used as a dresser to hold underwear items. It’s hard to find a dresser for $29.99 and it can be repurposed as the child grows.  I went to the Everything’s A Dollar Store to stock up on things that I may need at a spur of the moment, such as sympathy cards and cheap batteries.  I found they had many shelves stocked with organizing items. These little silver and black bins could hold hair bands in the bathroom or paper clips in the home office. The best thing is that the items I saw were very practical and only $1.00!

When I attended a workshop last year, I met Teauna Upshaw, Independent Director for Thirty One Gifts in Nashville, TN. She recently sent me a .pdf that had organizing products to create a wonderful home office space. I wanted to redesign my office immediately!  Their products are a little bit more than Big Lots or the Everything’s A Dollar Store but if you have the budget, I’m sure you’ll find something you like so I’m sharing the .pdf and their website:

January Customer Special 2013 .pdf: ThirtyOne catalog January Customer Special 2013

Teauna’s website:  www.mythirtyone.com/43484 .

When you’re shopping, take a look around to see if you can find pretty and practical organzing and storage products and let me know what you find. I could use a little help with my shopping task.

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!

“Yes, Virginia, there is an Organizing Santa Claus.”

Whether you believe in Santa Claus or not, when you’re shopping for gifts for Christmas, you probably question, what do you get the person who has everything – I mean everything because they never get rid of anything! Why not become an Organizing Santa Claus and give the gift of organizing and you will probably hear the recipient sing “The Twelve Days of Organizing.” Never heard of that song? Here are the lyrics, song to the tune of “The Twelve Days of Christmas.”

Enjoy!

On the 1st day of organizing, my loved one sent to me, Organized files on my PC

On the 2nd day of organizing, my loved one sent to me, Two garment racks and Organized files on my PC

One the 3rd day of organizing, my loved one sent to me, Three shoe racks, Two garment racks and Organized files on my PC

One the 4th day of organizing, my loved one sent to me, Four storage bags, Three shoe racks, Two garment racks and Organized files on my PC

One the 5th day of organizing, my loved one sent to me, Five towel rings, Four storage bags, Three shoe racks, Two garment racks and Organized files on my PC

One the 6th day of organizing, my loved one sent to me, Six jewelry boxes, Five towel rings, Four storage bags, Three shoe racks, Two garment racks and Organized files on my PC

One the 7th day of organizing, my loved one sent to me, Seven ornament keepers,  Six jewelry boxes, Five towel rings, Four storage bags, Three shoe racks, Two garment racks and Organized files on my PC

One the 8th day of organizing, my loved one sent to me, Eight storage bins, Seven ornament keepers,  Six jewelry boxes, Five towel rings, Four storage bags, Three shoe racks, Two garment racks and Organized files on my PC

One the 9th day of organizing, my loved one sent to me, Nine desk accessories, Eight storage bins, Seven ornament keepers,  Six jewelry boxes, Five towel rings, Four storage bags, Three shoe racks, Two garment racks and Organized files on my PC

One the 10th day of organizing, my loved one sent to me, Ten daily planners,  Nine desk accessories, Eight storage bins, Seven ornament keepers,  Six jewelry boxes, Five towel rings, Four storage bags, Three shoe racks, Two garment racks and Organized files on my PC

One the 11th day of organizing, my loved one sent to me, Eleven laundry hampers,  Ten daily planners,  Nine desk accessories, Eight storage bins, Seven ornament keepers,  Six jewelry boxes, Five towel rings, Four storage bags, Three shoe racks, Two garment racks and Organized files on my PC

One the 12th day of organizing, my loved one sent to me, Twelve storage drawers,  Eleven laundry hampers,  Ten daily planners,  Nine desk accessories, Eight storage bins, Seven ornament keepers,  Six jewelry boxes, Five towel rings, Four storage bags, Three shoe racks, Two garment racks and Organized files on my PC.

Written by Delores Holland, November 2012

 

An Easy Way to Make Extra Money – Have a Garage Sale!

From spring to fall, as you’re driving along, you see the signs on the side of the road daily – Yard Sale, Garage Sale! You say to yourself, “I’m going to have a garage sale and get rid of some of my clutter.” Then you think of how daunting it is to really go through all of your stuff and having to sort, price and display everything.

Start thinking of The Big Picture – you make some extra money and your home becomes more liveable!

Some Quick Tips on How Organize A Garage or Yard Sale

At least three weeks before:

Find out what is your community’s ordinance is on having garage or yard sales.

Set a date and time. Try to avoid holiday weekends.

Decide what items they no longer use or need.

At least two weeks before:

Discard what is broken and cannot be repaired. Repair what can be repaired for a better price.

Start cleaning up items or laundering clothing.

Place ads on free online community boards.

Contact a charitable organization to pick up items that don’t sale so you don’t put anything back into your home or storage. The Stuff Stop –http://thestuffstop.com/  – is a free nationwide community resource website that provides information to match up your unwanted stuff with local charities, ministries and companies that connect it with people in need.

At least one week before:

Sort like items.

Hang clothing on hangers sorted by size.

Get your display tables and clothing racks together.

Start pricing items. You can purchase price stickers from retail stores or you can make your own. Make sure your price stickers can be easily removed from an item.

Collect shopping bags to have on hand for customers.

Put your signs out on main streets near your home – as large as you’re allowed and colorful with hints of items you’re selling.

Inform your neighbors so that they are aware you will have additional traffic.

The day of:

Get up early to set up so customers are not waiting for you.

Place a sign in your yard to direct customers.

Have lots of change and small bills on hand.

Have an extension cord on hand.

Free bottles of water would be an added benefit for customers.

After the sale, to reiterate, give away what doesn’t sale – do not take it back into your home or storage area.  Then, count your money and enjoy your less cluttered home.

Have you had a garage sale to declutter your home?  Let me know how you felt afterwards?