Close

All MCPL branches will closed on January 20, 2020, for Martin Luther King Jr. Day. Our virtual branch is available 24/7.

Menu
Back to top

Let It Go, Let It Go! You Don’t Need All that Clutter Anyway!

Published on Tue, 02/06/2018 - 09:30am
cluttered room

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:

What are some organizing tips that you would like to share?

Donna G. 
Camden Point

Comments

Add new comment

Plain text

  • No HTML tags allowed.
  • Lines and paragraphs break automatically.
  • Web page addresses and email addresses turn into links automatically.

Resources You May Also Like

Events You May Also Like

ELL/ESL Classes for Adults

Thu, Jan 23 2020
6:30pm - 8:00pm
Registration Required
English classes for beginners will be guided by professional instructors with many years of experience. Learn how to communicate in social places, school, your job, or during emergencies.

ELL/ESL Classes for Adults with Conversation/ ELL/ESL Clases Para Adultos de Conversacion

Tue, Apr 14 2020
6:00pm - 7:30pm
Registration Required
Las clases de inglés y conversación para principiantes son guiadas por instructores profesionales y con muchos años de experiencia.

Blogs You May Also Like

chicken with pasta

Tracy Tries: Lesson 4—Pasta from Tex Mex Cooking 101

Hello and welcome back to another Tracy Tries blog!
Read More
a man's beard

Just in the Nick of Time: Celebrating Movember

Over the past few years, men’s facial hair has been growing (see what I did there?) in popularity.
Read More
shopper with bags

Seasonal Stress: Take on Holiday Shopping with MCPL

With Thanksgiving in my rearview mirror, I am now turning my attention to one of the most dreaded tasks of the holiday sea
Read More
Lynda.com

Learning with Lynda

Mac or Windows? That is the question.
Read More

Was this page helpful? Yes No