Hello SOTGC community,
If your family is at all like mine, it is amazing how quickly stuff piles up in your home, creating a cluttered mess! It seems like the clutter in our house piled up twice as quickly during the holidays since everyone was so busy. Now that the Christmas decorations are put away and we are embarking on 2015, it is time to de-clutter our home and our lives and take advantage of a fresh start.
So, where do you start? I get overwhelmed when I think about trying to de-clutter, so I begin the process by starting small and focusing on eliminating. Choosing a small area to work on allows me to complete the task in a relatively short amount of time. I feel a great sense of accomplishment once I’ve purged and organized. Last week I decided to focus on just three shelves of my bedroom closet. If I tried to de-clutter the entire closet at once I would have gotten overwhelmed quickly, and it would have taken days to complete the task. The three shelves that I focused on contained mainly winter clothing. I removed all of the clothing from these shelves and created a “keep” pile and a “donation” pile.
After I decided what to eliminate, I then focused on creating a new organizational system. Once I had my “keep” pile and could see the items that I needed to store, it was easier for me to evaluate how to re-organize them and then develop a system to keep them organized. Before, I had my sweaters sorted by “work sweaters” and “weekend sweaters.” As I began to evaluate the items in my “keep” pile, I took into consideration: 1. the amount of items I needed to store, 2. the space in my closet that I was willing to allot to those items, and 3. how I typically select my wardrobe choice in the morning. After taking these things into account, I realized that sorting my sweaters by weight (light, medium, and heavy) was a much better way to keep them organized.
Once I determine my main organizational strategy, I can then create sub-categories within this structure if necessary. For example, after organizing my sweaters by weight, I then sorted the light, medium, and heavy weight stacks by color. A good tip to keep in mind is that the items that you are keeping do not necessarily need to be stored in the same location as before. Once you have purged and begin to create an organizational system, consider if there are any other places where these items might be stored more efficiently. This will help you eliminate wasted space.
I am beginning to employ this same system throughout not only my house, but my office, my car, and even my email. I start with a small area or section, eliminate what I can, evaluate my storage space and the items that need to be stored, and then begin to organize. When I need to get creative with my storage space, I usually turn to Pinterest. I have found some very clever storage ideas there. Employ these easy-to-follow tips to be clutter free and breeze through spring cleaning.
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