There is something about spring that makes me want to throw open my windows, organize my stuff and buy fresh flowers. I’m not the first to feel this way since someone already invented the term “spring cleaning” to declutter your home or office, and it wasn’t me.
But before you refresh your home or office you have to create space to do so. I’m talking about de-cluttering; we all have more stuff than we know what to do with. And while shoving everything in a closet and then shutting the doors may seem tempting, you’re only creating bigger problems for yourself in the long run. (Like when you open the door and an iron falls on your head.)
I also happen to be a minimalist and clutter just plain bothers me. Now you may not be as OCD as I am, but I can safely say that organizing your spaces can help bring tranquility to your home or office; and in the very least helps you find things when you need them.
Interestingly enough, today’s tips come from an episode of Wife Swap I watched years ago. The mother, Lisa Fine, was a professional organizer (how do I get that job??) and went to live with a very messy family. By the end of the episode the house was immaculate. Below are her tips on how to sort your stuff with a few new points from me.
4 Steps to Declutter Your Home or Office
To de-clutter and organize your space you need to make a decision about every single item in your home or office. While this may seem like a major task, it’s not that bad when you decide you’re going to do one of four things with the item.
1. Keep it.
2. Sell it
3. Donate it
3. Throw it Away.
And to help you with this decision ask yourself three questions:
Do you NEED it? Do you LOVE it? Does it make you MONEY?
If the answer is no to all three questions – donate or throw away. It does not belong in your house or office. But it’s not always that easy, is it? We start to justify that we NEED something.
Perhaps it’s the beautiful multi-colored skirt in your closet that you’ve had for two years but can’t find a top to match. Or the box of craft supplies you have no idea what to do with but know some day you’ll come up with something amazing. Maybe you will. But why not try to make something with it today or this weekend? Or at least come up with something to do with it. If you can’t – sell or donate.
We hoard so much stuff in our homes that we could give to the less fortunate. I don’t know about you but that encourages me to want to give away more!
As for an item making you money, you’d be the best judge of that. With Amazon, eBay and a whole host of other websites, we no longer have to rely on the traditional yard sale to sell our stuff. Not only will you clean out your space, but you’ll make a few dollars in the process!
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Don’t be discouraged if it feels like a daunting task. Start in one room and move to the next. If that still seems like too much – start in one corner and move to another.
Sometimes if I’m sorting a small closet or drawer I’ll even throw everything into a box so I can just focus on those items. And it doesn’t have to all get done at once. You can spread it out over weeks. The only thing that matters is that you start. And of course don’t forget to throw open your windows. You may find a little fresh air will inspire you too. 🙂
Why you’re at it, here are 10 Tips to Become a Better Organizer.