ORGANIZING TIPS FOR CANADA’S 3RD SEASON…DE-CLUTTERING!
Organizing Tips for Canada's 3rd Season...De-Cluttering!
It occurred to me the other day that Canada has three seasons!
They are: Winter, De-cluttering and Construction!
If you are like the majority of the population right now, you are knee-deep in it already; de-cluttering and organizing your home or office that is! There’s never a bad time to tackle this task but let's face it, spring brings a form of rejuvenation to our mind, body, spirit and...our stuff! We have this renewed energy! It’s wonderful if used at its best advantage! Which means that now is the best time to de-clutter and organize your space!
Here are some tips to help you get started!
1. First, you need to be ready, because if you’re not, you may not be as successful as you would like to be.
2. Wait until the end of the de-cluttering process before purchasing any organizational tools. What you need now will more than likely be entirely different when you have completed this task!
3. Start with the area that drives you crazy the most!
4. Go through every nook and cranny! Touch everything and decide what you want to do with each piece of paper, clothing, Tupperware, etc.!
5. It's not about being ruthless. It is about being free of the extra ‘stuff’ & stress in your life and not being overwhelmed any longer. Really consider how many of the same item you have and how many do you really require.
6. Donations: Consider a donation centre that is linked to a charity that means something to you personally. It feels good to give! I choose the Canadian Diabetes Association as that is in my family history.
7. If you have items that have value, consider having a garage sale or selling them on Kijiji or in a Facebook group. NOTE: Garage sales take a lot of time and effort. Therefore, that is definitely something to consider.
8. Out of everything that you are keeping, find those items a proper home.
9. If you don't have a home for items, does this mean that you don’t have enough storage? Do you need shelving, a storage unit or a filing cabinet?
10. Can you repurpose something that you already have, from another room, that is not currently serving you in its current location. If not, always remember that proper storage is always a good investment.
11. Where would you like these items to be kept? Placement is key. What’s easy? What makes sense to you? For example, I have a small miscellaneous/took kit in the kitchen that has a hammer, multi head screwdriver, a few nails & screws, packing tape and some batteries. That makes sense to me!
12. It's also important to remember that if you place an item in a new ‘home’ and in a couple of weeks, you decide that you really don’t like where you have placed it…move it! Relocate it to a different spot that will work better for you!
13. Lastly, in order to keep your space organized it's now about maintaining it. They say it takes 28 days to form new habits. Therefore, the struggle may feel real for 28 days! However, know that eventually it will become second nature to you!
It's about creating a space that works for you and your family. Not anyone else! If you found this information useful, please share it with the people you care about! (Facebook, Twitter, LinkedIn, etc.!)
Until next time!
Kathleen Hayden - @TheFUNOrganizer
Trained Professional Organizer, Certified Stager & Re-Designer