Posted in Home Maintenance, Mental Clutter, Planning Ahead, Timely Tips

Staying Ahead of Clutter

Are you busy? Most people are. Is clutter getting away from you? If so, here’s a suggestion about how to control it. Assign a short period of time each week to de-cluttering, at the same time. Let’s say you put little ones to bed by 8.30 pm. Right after that, say, on Wednesday nights, devote 15 minutes to clearing clutter. You’ll be pleasantly surprised by all that you can accomplish. Once a month, work for an hour, also at an assigned time and day of the week.

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Posted in Planning Ahead, Timely Tips, What Not to Do

What NOT to Do While De-cluttering

If you’re reading this, you’ve no doubt decided to take on a project. It can be exciting and a relief to finally tackle something that may have been bothering you.

Don’t take on too much at once. Don’t set aside an entire day to organize your whole space (home or office). If you plan to work for 8 hours, you might lose energy and/or focus. Most people get tired and/or burn out after 2 – 3 hours. Much better to stay focused on one project that you can complete and that makes you feel great. You’ll have developed “forward mo” (momentum), and will want to do more.

Don’t buy new containers yet; that is, until you’re sure they’ll do what you need, and fit where needed. Much better to clean out first, assess what containers you really need, then buy a few to start. You can always add more later, instead of having containers cluttering your space while you figure out how and where you might use them.

Don’t get distracted. It can be easy to bring an object into another room, then start something there. As you work in a room, keep boxes or bags nearby with the following labels – toss, give away, recycle, other rooms. Stay where you are!

Don’t obsess. Very few people have closets and drawers that look like those we see in magazines and catalogs. They’ve likely been staged by stylists. If you can set up a system that works well for your needs, you’ll succeed. Good enough is good enough.

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De-clutter Me! offers non-judgmental, competitively-priced and confidential assistance to help clear clutter in your home and/or business. We’ve been “bringing calm to chaos” since 2013.

Posted in Home Maintenance, Planning Ahead, Seasons, Spring, Suggestions, Timely Tips

Pre-pre-pre Spring Sprucing Up

Just about everywhere, both here and abroad, it’s been a brutal bear of a winter. Despite today’s vernal equinox, real spring weather feels very far off. The snow gauge in my front garden still registers more than 1.5 feet. More snow and nighttime temperatures in the teens are on the way; at least, around Burlington, Vermont.

Is this extended season making you crazy? Challenging your spirits? I remember thinking, in early February, that watching the Olympics would get me through most of that month, then the worst of winter would be over. So much for that thought! Instead of perhaps scowling, here are some things that you might do to lift your spirits. When spring finally does arrive (and it will, please!), you’ll be a few steps ahead.

Buy something colorful now. It doesn’t have to be expensive. A new throw pillow or framed print might brighten up your living room, and put a smile on your face.

Similarly, treat yourself to some greenery. Think you have a black thumb? Try pothos, an easy plant to care for, tolerating lots of different light conditions. Available in a number of varieties, it wants water once a week. Mine does, anyway.

If you have them, dust your ceiling fans! That way, when it does warm up and you want their cooling breezes, you won’t be “treated” to a dust shower.

Wash the windows. Can’t get outside yet? Do the insides. You’ll be ahead of the game. If you’d rather wait until you can do the insides and outsides at the same time, wipe one surface horizontally and the other vertically. That way, you’ll better be able to tell where any streaks have developed.

Think about your spring bedding. Do you need to replace anything, for once it’s “safe” to store flannel sheets? Maybe do it now, because spring WILL come!

To the extent possible, forget about the calendar. Real spring weather will arrive when it’s good and ready. Since we’re not “driving the bus,” do what you can, now, to bring some new life into your home.

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De-clutter Me! offers non-judgmental, competitively-priced and confidential assistance to help clear clutter in your home and/or business. We’ve been “bringing calm to chaos” since 2013.