Are you tired of having too much stuff and not enough room to put it away? I find this to be especially true after Christmas when there is all this new stuff and no room for any of it. You feel guilty for getting rid of things that someone gave you, but you do not have a use for the item. It is time to get rid of the guilt, the items, and get yourself organized!
Here are a few tips to help you get started:
- Pick an area to start in—let’s pick the closet.
- Designate 3 piles:
o Keep/Love it—You use it or wear it on a regular basis.
o Get Rid Of (Donate or Sell)—You haven’t worn it in a year (too big or small, etc.).
o Throw Away—Things that are not worthy of donating.
Here are a few tips to help you keep things organized on an ongoing basis:
- Purchase some organizer containers to group similar items and keep them organized. For example, put belts, purses, hats, etc., in separate containers.
- Put off-season clothes and shoes in vacuum storage bags, and store them under your bed.
- Live by the rule that if you buy something new (a shirt, for example), you have to get rid of an old one. This helps eliminate clutter building back up in your closet.
- If you can’t make a decision about whether to get rid of certain clothes, turn all of the hangers around the opposite way. When you wear it, turn the hanger around the right way. At the end of the season, if there are any hangers still facing in the opposite direction, get rid of the items on them.
Another way to make organization easier is to turn it into a fun game! Here’s how:
- Get a timer.
- Guess how long a certain task should take.
- Set the timer and try to beat it.
- The sound of the timer will keep you on task.
- Turn on the radio to help with the boredom.
Here are a few books from Mid-Continent Public Library that could also help you get started on your decluttering tasks:
- The Clutter Diet: The Skinny on Organizing Your Home and Take Control of Your Life by Lorie Marrero
- Clean My Space: The Secret to Cleaning Better, Faster, and Loving Your Home Every Day by Melissa Maker
- Real Life Organizing: Clean and Clutter-Free in 15 Minutes a Day by Cassandra Aarssen
- Clear the Clutter, Find Happiness: One-Minute Tips for Decluttering and Refreshing Your Home and Your Life by Donna Smallin
Need more help? Attend Decluttering: Finding Ways to Let Go with design consultant Lisa Holiman at an MCPL branch for additional tips and tricks.
What are some organizing tips that you would like to share?