Empty space does not equal available space. Allow yourself some breathing room and wiggle room. Spaces will function more efficiently if they are not over stuffed. Allow yourself empty space in closets, file cabinets, kitchen cupboards, dresser drawers, and book shelves. This will make organizing and maintaining those spaces much easier.
I like the Container Store as much as you, but before making a trip I ask myself these questions.
- Is reducing a better option? Would the space function more efficiently if I get rid of stuff so I don’t need to purchase a new container?
- What are my best container options? Do I have something here at home that will serve my purpose?
- Where will the container go? Do I have a specific spot for the container? Do I need to take measurements before my C.S. visit?
Things without a place don’t belong in your space. I liked this catchy little phrase as soon as I heard it. It makes me think of Dr. Seuss and all the wonderful rhymes in his books. (His birthday is March 2nd, by the way.) However it’s not only catchy, it’s good, practical organizing advice. Establish a place for things, especially those things you use (and loose) all the time.
Save busy work until the end of the day. It can be tempting to get the busy work out of the way, but you’ll be more productive if you address top priority items first, while fresh and full of energy. Devote time and energy to completing the most important and urgent items then take care of busy work.
As we start the new year, (Happy 2021!) I’d like to invite you to participate in my monthly de-cluttering challenge. For the month of January, remove 10 things that you have in your home as a result of an impulsive purchase. Some examples of impulse buys are gifts that we never gave, cute items that have no purpose, and sale items we don’t use.
Please share your items with me, and I’ll add you to the Monthly de-cluttering challenge email list. You’ll get an email on the fist of every month prompting you to get rid of something from your home. At the end of 2021 your home will be more organized and less cluttered.
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