This past week-end (at my insistence) my daughter and I organized her closet and drawers. Every square inch was stuffed with wrinkled clothing..much of it too old, too big, too small or just plain way too ugly to ever wear. I was surprised how much she fussed about keeping some of the stuff. I mean […]
Every time you buy new electronics there are lots of cords right? Invariably there are extra cords. There are cords and connector/patch cables.
Do you have a drawer or a box of these? Read this carefully.
THROW THEM OUT. DONATE THEM OR SELL THEM
If you are not using them currently to use the electronic device you don’t need them. You most likely will not ever need them.
Look back in the dark ages when Betamax just came out I worked for an electronics retail store and I have had a great deal of experience with assembly of electronic components. Some of the cords they enclose are not going to work with your situation. In most cases by the time your situation changes you are buying new electronics. New electronics will have their own cords.
Do you need an example? OK, lets say if you still have you VCR and you have all the cords that came with it. Do you still have the VCR – yes? Well you probably can’t use any of the cords other than the ones you are using.
Do you not have the VCR or is it broken? Obviously you DO NOT need the cords.
I don’t know about you but in my house the search for the perfect pillow is ongoing. I can’t tell you how many pillows I have purchased over the years. I can say that each of my guest bedrooms have at least 4 pillows on the bed and 2 in the closet so my guests should be satisfied we have what they are looking for if they are looking for one that is not too hard, not too soft, not feather, only feather, side sleeper or back sleeper.
There are so many types of pillows. There are euro pillows, king size pillows, queen size, standard, round, bolster, square, floor, lumbar and throw pillows. They can be filled with rice, Polyester fibre, Feathers, Down, Memory foam, Latex, Micro beads. Water or even Buckwheat.
Why is it so hard to find a good pillow?
Anyway this is just the tip of the ice burg or the top of the pillow pile. Do you have so many decorative pillows on your bed that you have lost a small pet under the pile? Do you have to spend 15 minutes each night removing them, only to have to repeat the entire thing again in the morning? News flash that is 30 minutes a day lost to pillow distribution? Has you mate accused you of pillow proliferation?
How about your couch?
More pillows? I have bought pillows for my couch and they slide right off. Yes I took them back to the store to try again. Unless we are as one of my dear friends would say putting on the dog*, we don’t have throw pillows on our couch. It’s leather and they just slide off. Besides it is so comfortable it doesn’t need pillows for comfort and I don’t feel it is necessary for decorating.
* Putting on the dog means to make a display, especially by dressing stylishly and flashily’. It’s similar in meaning to the later expression put on the Ritz.
Remember I am a less is more kind of gal. In my house if it does not have a purpose it does not sit on the furniture or countertops. Doing this keeps my life clutter free and better organized.
Do you need to move the pillows so you or your guests can sit?
The designer in me says odd number of decorative pillows is ideal. Don’t keep pillows. Let them go sell, donate, trash or give them away. If they are old, ratty and stained and you just can’t make your self throw them away, you many find you can donate some of them to your local pet shelters or animal rescue groups.
Small changes will help you get and stay organized. Now aren’t you glad to find an extra 30 minutes a day that you could put to better use?
Sleep well! Pamela
Feel free to re-blog if you like what I said. Helping yourself by helping others and helping me.
The Refrigerator isn’t just an old football player. It’s the hardest working appliance in your kitchen. This article got started while watching TV and a commercial for the refrigerator that will send you a picture of the inside so you know you are out of milk. Wow Fancy! Anyway you know I keep a running grocery list but when it comes to dairy and fresh veggies the running grocery list does not work for our small family. So actually that fancy feature is a great idea. Before you go to the grocery store snap a picture of the inside of your fridge.
Lets talk about your fridge. Do you have containers in there that are growing mold or are fuzzy? Lets get rid of that. Leftovers should be cleared out on a weekly basis. In our house we have garbage pick-up one time per week so Wednesday night is clean out the fridge night.
For a long time we did not put anything in containers. We used reclosable zip top bags. If you are not good at eating leftovers and you find that you have lots of science projects growing in your fridge you might try zip top bags too. At least you don’t have to open them to trash them. No more smelly mystery unidentifiable leftovers.
Another thing is do you have 10 different types of salad dressing and other condiments in your fridge? Why? Organize your fridge by zone. You have a crisper, a deli drawer, and a butter shelf, so why not a dressing space. If you keep your condiments together you will not have to search and hopefully not have multiple opened bottles cluttering up your fridge.
We have a deep freeze. It is a chest type which can become the place where good veggies to the freezer burn and die. But you can control that by adding some organizing. I suggest you have some crates or dividers to sort your food and keep like items together. For example we have a space we keep our ground beef, a crate for veggies, a tray that sits on top of the crate for fruits. I know that we frequently use chicken so having a designated stop means I don’t have to dig to see what is there.
We also have system that every 6 months where we don’t buy any freezer foods until we eat everything that is in there. If forces us to use what we have on hand. No more 1 corndog and 3 pizza rolls abandoned at the bottom of the freezer. I plan this for just before Thanksgiving. I am then sure I can fit an extra turkey in the freeze so when Christmas comes around and ham is on sale but not turkey I am ahead of the game.
Y’all know I love hearing from you. What are your tips to keep your refrigerator and freezer organized? Feel free to share this if you like what I have to say.
Have you ever ask yourself if you might ready to audition for the show “Hoarders”? Most likely you are not. Are you concerned that you might be heading down that road? You realize you have difficulty throwing away or letting go of stuff.
If you lost your cat inside your house…
If you have piles that are taller than your youngest child…
Have you lost your shoe inside your house…..
If you had to buy a new birthday card because you could find the one you had already purchased…
You may need to undertake a mass de-cluttering.
Don’t get overwhelmed. Remember it’s like eating an elephant. You do it one bite at a time.
Start with one room. Set a time limit like one room a week. Or you can even break it down to smaller more manageable sections. Divide the room into half or 4 sections to work on at a time.
You need to have 3 boxes and a roll of trash bags.
Box one is for donation, sell or give away. This will be stuff that is usable but you no longer need or do not use.
Box 2 is your keep box
Box 3 is stuff to keep that does not belong in that particular room.
The trash bag is for unusable, broken and trash.
At the end of each de-cluttering session take the contents of box 3 and put them in the room they belong in. Your goal is to have box 3 empty each time you start the next de-cluttering session.
Box 2 you will empty and put way the items you are going to keep.
You need to do this for each room. When you have de-cluttered each room you will be left with only stuff you want to keep. Now that you are de-cluttered and ready to put that room back in order read my post on the secret to set organized. Click here to read it.
Take the donation and give away box to the donation center immediately upon finishing each room. Don’t give your self the time to second-guess yourself.
If you are planning on selling items you need to have plan and implement it. Don’t put the box back in the room or in another room. You have to let it go.
You can put order in your life and eliminate the chaos. I’m here to help you. Remember small changes lead to big things.
I love your comments and tips.
#Organized #disorganized #clutter Joke How to do eat an elephant? One bite at a time. Just like getting organized. One bite at a time.
But you may be on the fence or unsure if you really should let go of you unused stuff or if it even is unused stuff.
What is unused ~
Do you have?
A waffle maker and you don’t like or make waffles?
Coffee makers but you only use one?
Skis or ski clothes but you don’t ski?
Basketball hoop but have not played in years?
Crystal vase from Aunt Marge that is so ugly and you would never put it on display in your home?
Size 0 clothes that you fit into in the 80’s and you are now a perfect 10?
Crib that your kid used but is no longer safe due to current regulations?
Those must go!
How about stuff your kids left in their room when they left for college and they don’t want?
Give them the opportunity to get it and if they don’t let it go. They probably don’t want their posters from teen wolf or Britney Spears either.
Don’t keep a shrine to you past or your kids past.
Don’t turn your home into a museum.
Don’t keep electronics or outdated computer equipment if you have replacements.
If you have stuff of value that you are not using – Sell it and convert your dust collectors into cash.
Do you have lots of kitchen gadgets but you don’t cook? I know you bought all this stuff because you had big plans. You were going to bake your own bread only to find out you are gluten sensitive. Let it go.
You bought a Bowflex Fitness machine but it just collects dust and it is being used for a clothes hanger. Sell it.
I know I had these Cole Haan adorable sandals but they had a broken strap – Yes, they could be fixed but after 2 summers they have not been. They had to go. I had to take them either to the cobbler or goodwill by the end of the week.
Do you have a lawn mower but you live in a condo? How about do you own a car but you live in the city and never drive it? Are you paying to store something you have absolutely no need for? Let it go.
Are you holding one to ugly presents that do not fit in your style or taste, Don’t fit would not wear? Did you inherit a rusty hunting knife from your granddad but you don’t hunt, or your idea of the great outdoors is going to the park. Stop it! Let go of that.
You are holding on that bridesmaid dress? You realize that Peach ruffled chiffon is not something you can repurpose. Let it go.
Someday is most likely not going to come. If it does you can buy what ever you need and enjoy all the space in the mean time.
Do you get it now? Does it make sense to keep this stuff? No of course not. Let it go. You will feel so much better when the clutter is gone.
Go and let go of your unused stuff. Time to get organized.
Does your closet look like a disaster? Are you clothes wrinkled when you pull them out to wear? Do you have hangers all over the place?
Today is a good day to stop the madness. Before you start I need you to go shopping. I know Yea!! You are shopping for HANGERS.
My number one tip to an organized closet is to use nice hangers. I love wooden hangers. All my husband’s stuff is on wooden hangers. They are sturdy and the handle the abuse. I find them at Ikea or Amazon. You can find them anywhere even at thrift shops.
In my closet I use the crystal clear dress hangers like what you find at the department store. I want my closet to remind me of a small (all right TINY) boutique.
I also use the velvet non-slip hangers. Perfect for summer tops because they don’t slid off. Another great thing about the non-slip hangers is they are narrow and you can put more hangers in your closet. I find that the nicer hangers make your clothes look better.
We banished wire hangers as they do nothing for your clothes. You get the dreaded shoulder hanger bumps. Those thin wire hangers are actually bad for your clothes. You could leave wire hangers in your guest room if you don’t want your guests to stay long or return. I personally don’t recommend it.
On another note don’t leave your clothes in the dry cleaning bags. Your clothes need to breath. If your clothes get wrinkled in your closet it is because you have too much stuff in there. Plus you want to change out those wire hangers.
Ready to switch out your hangers and organize your closet?
OK take everything out. You are going to sort everything in 3 piles:
Donate or Sell, Trash, Keep
Did someone give it to you as a gift but you don’t like it? Did you pay too much money for it but now that it is home you hate it? If it doesn’t fit or you have not worn it in a year get rid of it. It’s just taking up space. Sell it or donate it just don’t put it back in your closet.
Unless of course you have more closet space than you could ever fill. Right like that would happen.
Now lets put what you are keeping back. Lets put everything on those nice hangers. Sort by color, sleeve length, put all your shirts together, and pants together, skirts… you get the idea. Think about how a boutique puts together like items. It is so much easier to choose an outfit and find that outfit when you color coordinate and put like items together.
Lets talk about those items that after you have sorted you are on the fence about keeping or letting go of. You can you return them to the closet if you will turn the hangers backwards on the rod. If after 6 months you can see what hangers are still flipped backwards you will know what you have not worn. Remove those unworn items and either sell or donate them.
This is a great thing to do every season – I am sure you will find that by sorting and organizing your clothes you will easily discover what you don’t wear and be able to weed those out.
You might just discover your new favorite top that was lurking in the back of your closet. Remember, if you buy a new clothing item you need to let go of an item. One in One out: will keep your closet from busting out at the seams.
Enjoy your new nice hangers! Load up those donation bags and take them away. Good Job.
Are you still struggling with how to start getting organized?
Do you feel overwhelmed by clutter?
Sometimes the hardest thing to do is to determine where to start. Looking around your home you know there is clutter. Where do you start, should it be in the Kitchen, the bathroom, the bedroom or how about the kid’s room? It can be overwhelming and so you just don’t do anything.
I’m here to tell you that you can add control to your chaos. You will find that if you are organized it will make you feel so much better when you walk in the door of your home. More importantly, when you leave you can find your keys. Knowing where things are will save you time. More time that you can spend with your family or just doing something that you enjoy.
Here is the deal. It doesn’t matter where you start.
Today I am going to help you kick start the process of decluttering.
“Big things have small beginnings” Prometheus
This is a super easy way to start. Are you ready?
Take the 3 Things Challenge:
Go running through your home and grab THREE things that you don’t need and throw them away. Pick any room and any three things.
Run now, run like the wind.
PS – Do not trip over your cat, dog or guinea pig.
Also, do not throw away your pets-unless they are of the rock variety.
Do this once a week. Small steps have big results.
Ta-Da! You have now started and you can Bee Organized.