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10 Things to Get Out of Your Closet Today

When you’re starting an organizing project, it can be helpful to give yourself a jump-start with a quick purge of easy and obvious items you can let go of. It’s like peeling back the first layer so you can more clearly see where you’re headed next. Starting with a quick purge also helps you build momentum that will keep you going. If tackling your closet is on your project list, here are 10 ideas of things you can let go of today to jump-start your progress! [Read more…]

Is it Okay to Declutter Someone Else’s Stuff?

The short answer here is “no.” When you are in the process of decluttering, it can be tempting to clear everything in your path, including your household members’ excess. However, this strategy is never a good idea, unless they have specifically asked you to help them and you are both clear on what’s going and staying. In fact, purging someone else’s stuff without their knowledge can result in anger, frustration and increased resistance to your decluttering efforts. [Read more…]

Spring Clean While You Declutter

baskets-clean-color-271711_pexelsThis time of year, it seems like spring cleaning how-to’s and checklists are everywhere! While an annual deep clean is a great idea, it can seem very overwhelming, especially if you know you’ve got clutter in the way! Who wants to waste time cleaning around and under stuff you know you don’t need?!

So what’s the answer? We could continue to put off both deep cleaning and decluttering because the whole thing just seems too overwhelming. OR – we could tackle the two together – making progress one space at a time. Why does this make so much sense? Because – step one of any good organizing project is to completely empty out the space you’re organizing! Whether it’s a drawer, a shelf, a cabinet or a closet, you have to take everything out so you can see what you have and make decisions on what to keep. [Read more…]

Do You Know Where to Donate?

Whether you’re cleaning out your closet or garadonationsge, or anywhere in between, the process isn’t complete until you’ve moved your donations out the door. Yet, this is the step where many well-intentioned clutter conquerors get stuck. One major reason is simply not knowing where we can or should donate certain items. The good news is that in most areas, there are many options out there. Just don’t overthink the process – choose what’s most convenient. If you wait until you figure out the absolute best place for each type of item, no one will benefit. You can always do something different next time if you find a new option.

Here are a few common donation resources that accept a variety of common household items. Just be sure to scan the guidelines for each so you’re not donating items they can’t use. There are many others out there – these are just a few ideas to get you started. [Read more…]