We all have an area in our home that might need attention. Big understatement at my house, there are rooms I have let get out of control. My sister thought I was auditioning for an episode of Hoarders! My bedroom night stand is the top contender since it’s where I go at the end of the day when I’m tired and certainly in no mood for cleaning. Thus, it’s become my big catch all for everything. 4 books I promised myself I would read, mail I have not opened, a collection of water bottles because a girl can’t have too many. Right? If you struggle with organization or your New Year’s resolution was to “be more organized”, these few tips might help.
Get Rid of Unusable Items ~ I mean, toss them
When we have an emotional attachment to something it can be difficult to discard. The favorite black dress that you wore to your anniversary dinner 5 years and 4 dress sizes ago needs to go. Sort things into a “love it”, “need it” and a “thank you for your service” piles. Half of the clothes in your closet are probably things you don’t even wear. Ask yourself these questions. Does this outfit flatter my body type? Have I worn it in the past year? Does it still fit right? Is it in style? If I went to the store right now, would I buy it again? Does it need to be repaired? Will you fix it? If the answer is “NO,” it’s okay to remove it from your closet.
If you never use that old candle votive; donate it. The blender that needs a part — fix it or toss it. Keeping things that you might need someday is just taking up space. A good rule to go by: If you haven’t used it in over a year, you most likely never will. Time for those unusable items to go bye-bye. You’ll feel much better once all those things are not weighing you down.
Use What You Have for Organizing Your Things
Instead of buying new, what do you currently have at home that you can incorporate into your organizing goals? Old shoe boxes are great for tape, ribbon, and other miscellaneous items. Use an old vase for zip-ties, shishkabob sticks, and other tall items. Old picnic baskets make great magazine holders. Do you even need to keep those old magazines? Get creative and upcycle the clutter, and you’ll be saving money too.
Say NO to Free Things
If your neighbor is having a garage sale and has a few items left over and brings them to you because he thinks you could use them; say, “no” if they will do nothing but create more clutter. Free is not free. You will pay for it eventually… with your valued time.
Create An Active Space (just for you)
If clutter keeps you from having your dream home office, it’s time to clean out and create a space you can use. A spare bedroom can be rearranged to make room for sewing, crafts, yoga, or a nice painting area. Make your space work for you, not the other way around. How often do you really use that “guest room”? Make it work for you and your lifestyle. Perhaps a nice pull out sofa bed or a futon is a better use of space.
Tackle One Thing A Day
Even if you only have 15 minutes, dig out that drawer in the bathroom and toss what is unusable, old or out of date. Check those expiration dates. Tomorrow you can tackle something else. The more microtasks that you regularly do, the easier it is to become organized. Take baby steps until you are up for jogging a marathon. It’s okay to do things slowly. If you keep moving, you will reach your goal.