I love organizing! Even so, I have problem areas in my home, the behind-the-closed-door areas, that I’m still working on.
And those areas, without a doubt, cause stress, duplicate purchases, missed deadlines…all the things Geralin mentioned the other day.
In fact, before I cleared off my desk the other night, I broke two light bulbs, dug through the mess to find something I needed…it was stressful to say the least.
Once I finally cleared off the desk, I felt better; relieved, calm, glad. And then, the following morning the first thing Mr. Hines and our daughter noticed was the desk (and the chair makeover).
Organization is vital to loving the home you’re with.
Today, we’re going to tackle the clutter that we cleared out. For me, it was paper clutter.
No matter what kind of clutter you are conquering today, this method will help you organize it.
How to Organize Your Home:
- Get 4 boxes (or bags or laundry baskets….any container will do)
- Label them Keep, Donate, Trash, Recycle
- Go through your clutter and designate everything into one of those containers.
- Throw away the trash and deliver your donate box to a donation center.
- Place the recycle items in your recycle bin to be picked up on trash day. If recycling service is not available, find a recycle center in your area.
Did you know that you can take papers to be shred to places like Office Max? They charge cents on the pound, and in my opinion it’s worth my time to have someone else do it for me.
You do not have to do all of these steps in one day. Break up your organizing projects into smaller, more manageable tasks:
- Sort and label on day 1.
- Throw away the trash on day 2.
- Deliver donations and recycling on day 3.
Over the next two days, we’re going to talk more about the keep pile; what should stay and how to organize it. In the meantime, I think you’ll find the following resources very helpful as you start the sorting process.
I’ve included links, including some affiliate links, in this list.
- My Top Ten Online Organizing Resources
- Living Simple, Free and Happy: How to Simplify, Declutter Your Home, and Reduce Stress, Debt and Waste by Cristin Frank. This book is very helpful for looking at old things in a new way.
- 120 Clever New Uses for Old Things
- Creating Success At Home This book includes a printable cheat of the decluttering method shared in this post, as well as printable sorting labels for the boxes.
See you in class,