|Declutter your space and declutter your mind|
These tips are helping me as I start this project for the year:
- As you go
through each room, gather anything that doesn’t belong there. Have a box
Is clutter a sign of an emotional attachment?
- Have a box labeled Give Away and transfer items to this location as you clean. If you haven’t used it in months or years, you don’t need it. This was difficult for me because I always think, “What if I need it later?” But I have very rarely decided I needed something after getting rid of it, and if I did I would rather go back and buy another than be working around stuff piling up in a closet.
- Use a trash can, not a box, for discards. If you use a box it is easier to go back into it and decide you may want to keep something, after all. If it is already in a trash can, our mind has already labeled it as trash.
- Plastic bins, tubs and baskets are great for keeping small items together and fit on closet shelves or maybe under a bed if space is limited. I made a trip to the dollar store and bought some inexpensive clear bins (easy to see what’s in them) and they are stackable. Instead of all the doggie treat packages cluttering pantry space, I have put all of them in a plastic bin. They stay fresher this way and they don’t spill into the floor!
- A small fishing tackle box works great for organizing jewelry.
- Hooks on the back of doors and over the door shoe organizers save coveted closet space.
- ID tags on cords behind electronics save hours of frustration later when re-connecting new appliances or finding a lost connection.
- Get rid of old magazines and mail. Go through mail the day you receive it and throw away junk mail and file important documents. Letting it pile up will only delay the inevitable and the pile only gets bigger. If there are articles in magazines you want to keep, tear out those pages and put in a notebook or file labeled for the subject. Then the rest of the publication can be recycled or given away.