Clean it up!

Hi! Hope everyone’s organizing has been going well!

Recently I decided around 8 pm that I would clean out my bookshelf. You should know that I’m a lover of books – a book hoarder. I know that’s a sensitive word but it truly applies here. I take pride in my elaborate collection. Unfortunately I keep all the books I haven’t read with the books I have read. And I asked myself “are you ever going to read these?” And I looked down the bookshelf and I told myself with a sad sigh, “no.” So that’s were my little adventure started.

I pulled out  all of the things that get shoved on top of the books. I know, I know, you aren’t supposed to  do that – well I did.

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Years ago I alphabetized my books and that helped me because I have books in another bookshelf that I needed to transfer.

I removed about a box of books in less than 1 hour (I was really attached to my books).
I took the time and I put away the things that didn’t belong in the bookshelf away where they  are supposed to go.

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Oh, by the way, I’m donating the books so someone else can enjoy them.

Happy organizing!

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The Drawer Project

Hey! I’m excited to show you one of my most recent organization projects. This is something I have been waiting to show you!

So this was my hair stuff drawer.

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It constantly wouldn’t shut (it happens to all of us!) but, I kept pushing it out of my mind. I told myself “I will do it later” and when later didn’t happen I said, “I will do it later, when I have time.” When 11 pm rolled around one night I told myself “organization shouldn’t take forever.” For some projects it does but, for this one in particular I told myself 5 minutes or less. I had the supplies on hand. I purchased this organizer from Walmart but their website is what I fell in love with – madesmart.com.

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I removed everything that I had in that drawer {Declutter} and wiped it out {Clean}.

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Once I pulled things out I found stuff that needed to be thrown out (1 headband) and put in the right spot (paper clip). {Clean}

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And then (my favorite part!) I put in the new organizer and put things that I need to keep! {Organize}

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That took less than 5 minutes and it will look like that for a long time!

Just a hint for drawer organizers: Sometimes they don’t fit snugly into the drawer (like mine) and they can move around and make their own mess. Adding sticky tack to the bottom helps keep them from moving!

Its easy to pick a small project and finish it up, so I challenge you to take 5 minutes and do a little one! Something is better than nothing!

You can do it! Happy organizing!

Decluttering

Oh my. This is one of the most important parts of the organization process. We are all guilty of not throwing stuff out when we needed to. And things build up over time. It doesn’t take long for there to be 30, 60, or 100 papers on your desk or even the counter. The dropping place for the mail? Or the entry way? Maybe its the coffee table in the living room? On the kitchen table? Where ever it is, take a look at it. Is it stuff you don’t need? Or is it stuff that you need to take care of? Or maybe its someone’s business card that you haven’t gotten around to. or maybe its photos from that wedding you went to last weekend. No matter the pile, its manageable. It’s totally possible to do things that look overwhelming. You just have to start. You can put in 5 minutes or you can put in 50. It is up to you how much you want to put in (or how much you have to go through).

Over the past summer my desk became a dumping grounds for every letter I got in the mail, every card, all the college information, receipts, pens and pencils, small notes – everything was on my desk. I will be honest, I wasn’t looking forward to going through it. But why did I pile it all up if I knew I wouldn’t want to go through it later? Anyway, I spent 5 minutes or less and just went through the pile. I sorted out the stuff I didn’t need anymore that goes in the garbage, the stuff I have to file away, and the stuff that needs to be put somewhere else. It was easy! It should never be hard if you have the right space.

Recently I spent 2 minutes and put everything away on my desk and that was all I needed!

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After I sorted things out I was ready to move on to something else.

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Taking a quick second to put things in their place is relaxing and prevents problems in the future. Put things where you want them so, when the time comes, you know right where to find them.

Declutter. Clean. Organize.

Keeping stuff you don’t need. Everyone does it – don’t lie! I do it too. Somethings hold memories others hold value. I want to simplify things, and you should too. Life should be easier if you don’t have to dig through a drawer. By doing a couple of things we can make our lives simpler. 

Declutter. You can go 2 ways with this one – you can pull everything out (1 drawer at a time; don’t overwhelm yourself with the whole desk!). Or you can do one part at a time, this way you can stop and start when you have the time. Start with one shelf on the bookshelf instead of the entire bookshelf ( just because your goal is to organize a whole room doesn’t mean you have to do it all at once). If you do the whole thing at one time you will become overwhelmed. You are more likely to want to take a break if you pull everything out at once. 

If that means your closet is in need of a cleansing then take a minute or as long as you need to open up that closet and do a section of it. Maybe only focus on the things hanging up. Then look into then stuff on the top shelf. Then look into the bottom of the closet – I know, I know, things pile up down there. Try going through it. Decluttering is when you have a chance to throw away, donate, or find a different home for things. Maybe this will help:

1. Throw away stuff that is: garbage, broken (and you won’t fix it for your use), old – expired papers with past due dates (exceptions include: school work, finace paperwork, binding contracts, stuff you need to keep for records, etc…), undergarments (never donate theses!), there is always more to toss out, but this is a start! 

2. Donate stuff that: is in good condition that you have no interest in anymore, clothes that don’t fit, books, and so much more-just think before you send it away!

3. Find a different home for things that: you know someone will appreciate or someone is looking for. Make sure you ask before dropping off a whole bunch of stuff!

Clean. Always start with cleaning before you organize. Clean your bedroom, clean the bathroom, clean the closet, clean the kitchen, the living room – what ever you are going to organize. Clean the space so you don’t distract yourself from doing the task at hand.

Organize. Don’t know where to start? That’s why I suggested you start small. One drawer at a time, one shelf at a time, one cabinet at a time, see where this is going? Make it easier on yourself and do one little part of a big project before you move on.

More organization things are on the way, have to get you the best stuff before I put it up for you here! 

Good luck and happy organizing!