Most of my friends know me as the organizing queen … it might as well be my middle name I am so good at it. Alright, Alright … stop with the laughing … that might be a little bit of a white lie.
OK … I might as well have said that my sister was Beyonce and I have a new niece named Blue Ivy. In all honesty, organizing has never been my cup of tea. Although it may be hard to believe, I am actually a bit of a neat freak, but with my hoarding tendencies and my love of “pretty clutter” organization gets pushed to the bottom of my list. I brush a lot under the rug and have neatly placed piles everywhere.
However, with the the new year upon us and a new fresh start, I thought I was way overdue for a good clean out. Yes, I say this every year, and yes, I do this every year … but somehow I tend to accumulate just as much stuff by close of the next year.
It’s such a vicious cycle I am in. So, for the sake of my family and my sanity, I went to the big guns for help. Below are easy de-clutter and organizational tips from some of my favorite fellow bloggers and of course some pictures that will surely get you into the clean out mood! Here’s to hoping it sticks and to making room for the people you love in your life and not all the stuff!
11 Helpful Tips To Conquering That Clutter and Getting Organized
1. Toss and Recycle from: iheartorganizing.
Much of the clutter in your home could actually be trash. Here are some items that are the most obvious to throw away and recycle whenever possible:
- Junk mail, old magazines and newspapers
- Expired food, make-up and medicine.
- Clothing that is damaged, stained or ripped beyond repair.
- Broken toys, games and electronic equipment
2. Schedule: iheartorganizing.
Set up daily and weekly maintenance sessions. Taking fifteen minutes everyday to tackle that mail, put toys away and organize. At least once a month file away papers, organize the pantry and review your closet for pieces that could be donated.
3. Action File: imperfecthomemaking.com
In an organizer have a slot labeled “action” and another labeled “file”. Put things that require a response, such as bills or party invitations, into the “action” file. Things that can simply be filed when you get a chance, such as bank statements, go in the “file” file.
4. Write Everything Down: operationorganization-mn.com
Make daily, weekly and even monthly lists … your memory can fail you but a list will not.
5. Keep Flat Surfaces Clear: operationorganization-mn.com
Clutter is magnetic. As soon as you place one random item on a counter-top, dining table, or work space, it will only attract more.
6. Find A Place for Everything: operationorganization-mn.com
Assign specific ‘homes’ for every item.
7. Never Leave a Room Empty Handed: operationorganization-mn.com
Easy, Easy but I do it all the time!
8. Purge and Declutter Often: operationorganization-mn.com
Rule of Thumb: Use the “One In, One Out Rule” Buy a new pair of shoes, donate an old pair.
9. Corral your Clutter: apartmenttherapy.
To avoid day-to-day clutter keep cute containers, bowls baskets etc… in clutter prone places: by the front door, the office, the kitchen and the bedroom.
10. Buy storage in bulk: apartmenttherapy.
For a streamlined, less cluttered look buy storage containers in the same colors.
11. Let it go: apartmenttherapy.
Keep a row of grocery bags in the garage designated for stuff you want to get rid of. One goes to the local charity shop, one goes to family or friends, one goes to recycling.
A little motivation with a lot of pretty!