Category Archives: clutter
Hodgepodge! Jumble! Chaos! Muddle! Holy Mess!
There are many words to describe clutter—but it all boils down to one thing: a state or condition of confusion. And that is what most of us should be trying to avoid. Life is stressful enough without adding more, right? Yet even though studies show that clutter contributes to stress, many people live with it.
- Do you have more than one ‘junk’ drawer in your home?
- Is your email inbox clogged with messages you don’t even open?
- When you open your closets, does stuff fall out on you?
- If unexpected company comes, do you rush around, clearing books, papers, and other items?
- Have you had a late fee from an unpaid bill because it got lost in the mess on your desk?
If you answered YES to any one of these questions, it may be time to take control. If you are a parent, organization is especially important – those last minute searches for missing homework or a lost shoe are no fun at all!
This is my plan:
- Get a big shopping bag for each room…clear off every counter/desk/shelf/chair of anything that doesn’t belong. Ahhh…now that looks much better. When I have time, I can go through each bag and decide whether the items should be stored, given away, or thrown away.
- Use a letter file holder to keep bills and important mail…if possible, set up auto-pay.
- Set aside 15-30 minutes every day to go through one drawer or one closet or one cabinet and divide the contents into three piles: keep, give away, throw away. If you are a fan of Craig’s List or garage/yard sales, you can have a fourth pile…you might even make some money!
- Do the same thing with my emails—15-30 minutes every day to delete and unsubscribe from unwanted spam.
Are you ready?
It’s really as simple as 1, 2, 3.
I’ve got a busy year ahead of me, so it’s really important that Read the rest of this entry
Are you a saver or a tosser?
My sister-in-law once told me if you didn’t use something in a year, it was time to get rid of it.
I’ve got stuff that I haven’t used in… Read the rest of this entry
Did you know that living in a cluttered environment actually adds to your stress level?
It’s doubly hard for me because I would like to be organized and live more minimalistically, but my husband is a collector…of many things! Books, all things flyfishing, art supplies (he has taken up painting and is really very good). So you can imagine how difficult it is to keep things neat and in their proper places because we have so much STUFF that we sometimes run out of the proper places and stuff winds up on tables, chairs…even the back of the couch! If this sounds familiar, maybe the list of books below will help.
I am always waiting for the BIG block of time to REALLY get organized 🙂 but I think the secret is to simply make a decision to DO IT and when you have an hour or a half hour, clear one drawer or one table and just keep at it. Even if it takes a month or more, eventually you will be more organized and surrounded by less clutter. AHHHHHHHH!
There are hundreds of books available on organizing and cleaning up clutter. I’ve listed just a few you might want to get from the library or bookstore if you’ve decided to organize and want some more direction. Some of the books listed are geared for homes with children…children definitely benefit from living in an organized environment also! You can also go online and find a wealth of ideas.
1. Helping Kids Get Organized – Activities That Teach Time Management, Clutter Clearing, Project Planning and More by Robyn Freedman Spizman
2. Organized Kidz: E-Z solutions for Clutter-Free Living by Debbie and David Williams
3. Stop Clutter From Wrecking Your Family: Organize Your Children, Spouse and Home by Mike Nelson
4. Organized Living: Clutter Clearing Strategies and Creative Storage Solutions by Dawne Walter and Helen Chislett
My husband asked me the other day what my New Year’s resolutions were…now I know. In addition to trying to blog EVERY day with something of value, I am going to take my own advice and grab an hour or half hour every day and clear out one drawer, cabinet, counter or whatever…I promise to blog in a month and update everyone with my progress.