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De-cluttering games!

Hello, All!

Every once in a while I get a bright idea that I have to share; this one is something I saw online. I haven’t tried some of these yet but I feel like it’s going to be a pretty successful task.

1. Take a picture of each room. Look at these pictures to determine what doesn’t belong. Once you narrow down a few things – figure out how to remove these items. You can donate (which is my favorite), throw away or find a better place for it.

2. Play the 12-12-12 game! Walk around your home and find 12 things to trash, 12 things to find a home for and 12 things to donate. I feel like this will be the most accomplishing game for myself just because I can EASILY gather up 36 items to find something to do with.

3. One task a day. This is my favorite because it doesn’t require much effort. Write a list for yourself and each day tackle one thing. It can be something small like clean the kitchen counter (which is a dumping ground at my house) or scrub the toilet bowl (only takes a few minutes but it’s the task no one wants to do) or maybe even a larger accomplishment like shredding the mail you’ve been collecting for 8 years (what was I thinking?!).

I never like to look at de-cluttering as a downfall – I don’t like to see it as a burden. It makes me feel accomplished when I can look at a disorganized area and make it look neat. Now of course we’re all human and we all actually live in our homes so obviously it’s going to look that way.

The ideas are limitless and your home will thank you. Remember – your mess did not happen overnight so it will not be cleaned overnight; baby steps!  Until next time, friends!

 

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Getting Your Groove Back

Hey everyone! I often find myself flustered trying to squeeze all these tasks and chores into just a couple days, such as the fabulous weekend. Weekends are so precious and fly by faster than we’d like them to, so doesn’t it make sense to leave the mandatory tasks for during the week? It’s always such a bummer when I just want to relax on Saturday or Sunday but I promised myself I would do a 3-5 hour project which is not enjoyable at all; not everyone has a cleaning lady, but if you do, good for you!! Anyways, lately I have been trying to get as much as I can done during the week so the weekend is mine to do as I please.

Simple trick – set aside 30 minutes a day.

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Everyday when I get home from work, I think of one or two things I can do around my house that won’t take long such as putting away the laundry, or even putting a load or two in to wash/dry. Tuesdays, for example are the fun days, I feel like: I only have one 1-hour show, so I’ll put in a couple loads, or de-clutter my room a bit, then lie down with a candle burning and read a Harry Potter book on my Kindle. I basically get off on having a clean house, especially my room. I don’t spend a lot of time in my room, so I feel like that’s the place that gets easily forgotten.

This is why the 30 minute challenge works well for me because I can de-clutter enough to get my rocks off (not literally, but I sure am an organization freak). Nothing makes me happier than being able to walk through my room without tripping over cords or bumping into stuff. Try it, and thank me later! Remember, even if your house looks like it belongs on Hoarders, pushing yourself to get everything clean in one day is unrealistic! It didn’t take a day to make the mess, so it’s going to take some time to organize it. Be patient with yourself and tackle one thing at a time.

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Getting organized: working with what you have

Hey everybody! Last time I blogged I told you all about our efforts to move out. Since that has been postponed, my husband and I (basically my idea) have decide to work within the means we have been dealt. Therefore, we have been working on organizing the space we have to better suit our needs. Last week I did a bit of online shopping. When we got married, we received a bunch of gift cards that we have yet to put to use because we’ve been waiting for the big move. Because we didn’t want to take the chance of the gift cards expiring or losing them due to holding on to them for so long, we decided to put them to good use.

Long story short, here was my shopping list:

3 bin laundry basket – Bed, Bath and Beyond
Under the bed shoe storage – Target
Under the bed storage tote – Target

If you haven’t noticed by now, I am a HUGE fan of under the bed storage. Before now, I’ve been keen on using shoe boxes. Recently I’ve retired my shoe boxes by putting things into storage little by little. This weekend I’ve revamped my entire room. Closets cleaned and under the bed cleaned out to make room for the delivery of my new items.

I bought the clear tote to have a nice place out of the way for blankets pillows and stuffed animals. Believe it or not, I have a few stuffed animals and A LOT of fleece blankets. Let’s just say my husband knows what to get to make me comfortable. But I feel like every time we’re off to bed I’m pushing things to the end of the bed and in the morning picking everything back up. This is what the clear tote is for.

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The laundry basket was purchased because we had a round large bin that wasn’t cutting it anymore. I got tired of waking up to laundry on the floor spilling out of the basket and tired of sorting out clothes when it came time to do laundry.

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What I like about this so far is it has 3 compartments so I can sort immediately with colors, heavy articles of clothing and whites. We’re off to a good start.

We have been using a shoe organizer that hangs in our closet because it made sense at the time of purchase. But over time its mostly been an annoyance. I always feel like we don’t have enough space, which is why we bought the under the bed shoe organizer.

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I feel a lot better using this because it’s out of sight and out of mind. And when we need a pair we can always switch it out with a pair that we don’t use as often.

I really didn’t pay much for these items so I was extremely excited to revamp my room by minimizing the amount of clutter that is seen when I walk in. So far, everything is working out well!
Alright guys, let me know what you think, comments are always welcomed. Thanks for reading!

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How to Stay Organized: De-cluttering

Scenario: It’s midday and you’re hanging out on the couch when a commercial comes on to sponsor gorgeous pairs of heels. You think twice before hopping online to purchase them because you remember buying a pair very similar to them a few months ago. So, you head to your closet and browse around clothes and shoes you haven’t seen or worn in years. By now, you cant seem to figure out where was the last time you even saw those heels. It’s frustrating when you cant find something you’re looking for, especially right away.

The key to staying organizing is to beat procrastination. A lot of times we put things away with the idea that we will go back to it someday, and a lot of times we don’t. You will have to de-clutter your home every few months to get rid of unnecessary items in order to avoid keeping things you never use.

Usually I go through my belongings every season. This is helpful to me because I can take out the shoes I plan to wear that season that I wasn’t able to wear the season before. For example, we are going into winter now, so a couple of weeks ago I went through my room and gathered up all the shoes I can’t wear when it’s snowing (flip flops, flats, thin-fabric shoes). Then I take out my suitcase, which I put all my off-season shoes in, and take out my boots and thick-fabric gym shoes.

This is helpful to do with clothes too, especially since we usually don’t stay the same size year round. I like to go through my drawers and take out tank tops, short sleeves, shorts and leggings that don’t fit or aren’t my still anymore. Most of the clothes I have, have little wear and tear, if any; normally I put all my old clothes in a bag and donate it to the Salvation Army. You can find these in big metal boxes, usually at schools, doctors offices and malls. Once you have some space in your closet and drawers, you can go SHOPPING for new items!

De-cluttering doesn’t have to be a headache. Start with one room and don’t stop until that room is done. Try not to overwhelm yourself by doing more than you can handle. Sometimes I find myself getting carried away and after working on a room for hours, I become exhausted. A good thing to do is step away for a little while – get something to drink, take a shower, make something to eat, etc.

 

Remember, it didn’t take one day to make that mess, so it won’t take one day to clean it all up!

 

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Tips and Tricks To Becoming Organized: Daily Routine

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Scenario: You forget to set your alarm, causing you to wake up late for work. You have to take a shower and fix your hair before you leave the house, except, that pretty new blazer you just bought is missing! It should have been in the hallway closet but it’s not. You spend more time than you should have looking for it, and now you have to throw on the first cardigan in reach. You wish you could have fixed your hair, but since you couldn’t find your blazer, all you had time to do was put it in a bun.

You don’t enjoy being in a rush but you don’t know any other way to make life simpler. Here’s the trick: get organized!

First step is to put everything from the same category in the same place. WARNING: This might get messy before you start to see results. Don’t give up! Observe your routine and start with the first on your list. For example, if the first thing you do in the morning is shower, then begin with rearranging your clothes. Make sure all shirts, pants, shorts, leggings, socks, sweaters and undergarments are all in their proper places. For me, this usually means I have to put away a few loads of clean clothes from laundry day.

Once you have all your clothes neatly put away, the next step is to work on hair and makeup accessories. I’m a big fan of using old shoe boxes and storing them underneath my bed. This is where I put my appliances, such as blow dryer, flat iron, curling iron and rollers. Another big fan of mine is baskets; they come in handy for your bathroom or bedroom while taking up minimal space.

The next step to assuring you have everything in place for the next day is putting things in the same spot every single time. Keys are the most commonly misplaced item in many peoples homes. An easy way of remembering where your keys are is to ALWAYS put them in the same place. After a while, this becomes a habit and then you’ll never have a problem with losing your keys!

I personally have an obsession with Chapstick and I used to lose my sticks all the time! One day, I was cleaning and found FOUR sticks of Chapsticks, so I decided to be proactive. First, I put all my sticks in one spot until I was done cleaning and intentionally left out a few of my favorite items. I put a stick in the pocket of my favorite sweater, two purses, and the fourth stick in my car; This way, anytime I leave the house, I have Chapstick with me!

It’s best to work on one task one day at a time. Remember: Things did not become cluttered overnight, therefore they won’t be organized overnight.