Tell Me More

I thought it would be fun to share with you some of the things we tell our clients ALL…THE…TIME…Some are useful tips, some are good rules to live by, and others are just fun(ny). Enjoy.

  1. If you are unsure if you need to keep that one item, the rule of thumb is, if you can replace it in 20 minutes or less and it costs $20 or less, donate it.

  2. Use the velvet hangers in your closets. They take good care of your clothes, nothing slips off and the uniformity makes your closet look great. Oh, and you can keep more clothes, because they take up less space. ;)

  3. The average US household has over 300,000 items!

  4. If your grown children have not already expressed an interest in having an item, chances are they don’t want it. Do them a favor and donate it so later, they don’t have to.

  5. Clutter is simply a series of unmade decisions.

  6. How many (insert favorite piece of clothing) will you actually wear in one week, assuming you do laundry once a week?

  7. Label EVERYTHING.

  8. If something takes two minutes or less to do, do it now.

  9. Open your mail standing by the trash can or recycle bin.

  10. If you keep everything, nothing is important.

  11. Coffee mugs. Enough said.

  12. Routines, routines, routines. Make them and live by them.

  13. Keep your end vision in mind at all times throughout the decluttering and organizing process.

  14. Just get started. Set the timer to work on an uncomfortable task. You can do anything for 15 minutes. You will see progress which will motivate you to keep going-now or later.

  15. When was the last time you used/wore (fill in the blank with an item you are struggling to let go of)? I had a client who exclaimed, “I haven’t see that since Jesus was a baby,” when we uncovered a corded phone in the bottom of a box in her office. If it’s been that long, then it’s a definite “GO.”

  16. Just look at one small area at a time. The whole office or the whole desk can be overwhelming. But one drawer? You can attack that with confidence.

I hope some of these nuggets of wisdom have given you something to think about and maybe even motivated you to go look at that cupboard with all the mugs! Happy Organizing!