Oprah’s Organizing Guru, Peter Walsh, posted
these brilliant organizing tips :
#1. Stop putting it off. You have to stop using the word “later,” as in “”I’ll do that later” or “I’ll put that away later.” Clutter is decisions delayed, so the moment you use the word “later,” you start letting clutter accumulate. No more procrastination.
#2. Start small. Aim to clear one box of clutter a day. Or set a timer for 10 minutes and only do that amount of time.
#3. It’s time to get real with your adult kids. If your kids live somewhere else but are using your home as a storage unit for old trophies, yearbooks, and other clutter, tell them it has to go. Call your child to tell him he/she has a month to come get it or you’re going to donate it or ship it to him COD.
#4. Stop feeling like you’re throwing money down the drain by donating your stuff. It’s tough. But the question is, are you going to throw away good space as well when you’ve already thrown away money? Bite the bullet—choose the space. Let the stuff go. Donate it to a good cause.
#5. Don’t let junk mail even enter your home. Set up a recycling bin outside of your home. Throw your junk mail in there before you even set foot into your home.
#6. Don’t obsess over keeping everything “milestone” project your child creates. Grab a folder and drop the BEST ones into plastic sleeves. Set a limit, and be reasonable in what you’re saving.
#7. Don’t hold on to clutter from parents who have passed away. Let go of guilt. Your parents would hate to think that their stuff was causing you stress and guilt. You can’t keep everything, so find the five or six treasures in the stuff…
#8. Don’t feel emotionally blocked when it comes to getting rid of things that belonged to loved ones who have died. Find the four or five treasures, display those with honor and respect. Don’t worry so much about all the other stuff. Less is more.
#9. Don’t let Baby and Kid Clutter ruin your space. Set limits for the amount of space you’re prepared to dedicate to items—clothes, toys, and so on, and stick to those limits. Three bins for toys, four shelves for baby clothes, and so on.
#10. Don’t get bogged down with digital photos. Don’t stress! Get a “Best of” Album; put only the best photos in it. Put it on your coffee table. Don’t worry about the rest.
#11. Follow this simple rule. You Must put things back where they belong. Sorry to be harsh, but it’s that simple.
#12. Don’t say you’re too busy to declutter. When you’re cluttered, nothing works right—it’s that simple.
#13. Understand a totally organized home won’t appear overnight. (But start this tango today.)
Do the Trash-Bag Tango: It’s taken months for your house to become cluttered, so it’s not realistic to try and organize everything in one day or even a weekend. Instead, start small—one room or section of a room at a time.
A simple trick to get you started is to use the Trash- Bag Tango technique. SET THE TIMER Every day, walk around your home and, in 10 minutes, fill one bag with trash and one bag with items that you want out of your house. Send them to Goodwill or set them aside for a yard sale. Do this every day for a month, and the change will be dramatic.
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