Tag Archives: frustration

De-clutter, When?

Always de-clutter BEFORE attempting to organize.  That is unless you enjoy running around in circles, wasting your precious time, repeating the de-cluttering process over and over again, and frustrating yourself to no end.

De-clutter when you are ready to dedicate yourself to the task, you have cleared your calendar, and have set aside an appropriate amount of time to begin and end the task.  It is impossible (and frankly I think masochistic) to attempt to de-clutter an entire home, or an entire garage all in one fell swoop without the assistance of a professional organizer at your side.  Since I love empowering people, following my time-tested plan you not only will learn how to de-clutter, but also how to prevent re-cluttering.

To reduce the risk of becoming overwhelmed or discouraged, digest small bits to work with. Choose only one (1) space to de-clutter at a time.  This could mean you have decided to de-clutter the tool box in your garage or the space you want to designate as the sports equipment area of the garage.  Or it could mean the linen closet in your home or the cupboard underneath your kitchen sink.

As I mentioned in a previous article, getting organized is a process.  Check out my article called, De-clutter, How?” for the next stage to think about.

All content Copyright Barbara Nichols 2011


Measure First, Then Shop for the Tool

June 27, 2011

Everyone has a defined amount of space, even the Queen of England.  To use your space, time, and money wisely, put a tape measure to good use before you shop.

Before heading out to the store to purchase a tool to help you organize your things, (which I HIGHLY recommend) such as dividers for a silverware drawer, storage tote for children’s toys, a computer desk, storage drawers for nuts and bolts, a work bench for the garage etc., measure the space that will occupy the tool.

Here’s why.  Incorrect guessing the size you need when at the store could easily waste your time because you might need to return the tool if you guessed incorrectly. If you purchase too small a tool, you could be wasting usable space and if you purchase too large a tool, obviously it won’t fit into your defined space (more about defined spaces later).  AND, if you choose to NOT return the incorrectly sized tool, you’ve just added clutter to your existence and you paid good money to do it. WOW!

Don’t fall into a clutter trap…measure first, THEN shop.

All content Copyright Barbara Nichols 2011

Do I Keep Too Much Stuff?

June 27, 2011

Some self-discovery is necesssary to determine if you keep too much stuff. Be honest with yourself and answer this question:

Do I keep too much “stuff”?

Only you can answer this question.  If you said, ‘yes” or you aren’t sure if you keep too much stuff, read on.

I want to stop here and say that none of the content on this blog addresses hoarding.  Hoarding is a much different ball game, if you will, and should be discussed with professionals who specifically deal with hoarding.   If you suspect you are a hoarder, you might want to consider visiting the site below:


Now then, how will you know if you keep too much stuff ?  Give some sincere thought to the following questions. If you can answer yes to two or more, you might have too much stuff.

Do you:

  • put items  in the corner of a closet, the attic, or some other place (because you plan to deal with it later) and then 6-12 months later you run upon it and think to yourself, “I should use this” or you think to yourself, “I should get rid of this”, but you keep it anyway, or you lay it aside for a decision about its fate at a later date?
  • routinely move lots of items to get to the one you want, and you need to do this throughout each space you occupy; garage, tool box, house, closets, etc.?  (This could be due to lack of organization, or the fact that you have too much stuff.)
  • know you have difficulty letting go of things?
  • believe you can’t let go of it because you equate throwing it away with throwing money away (even though you never use it).  I’ll talk about how to prevent this money waster in a future article?
  • tell other people you should get rid of some things, but_________ (fill in your favorite justification or excuse)?
  • KNOW that you keep too much stuff but don’t know what or how to eliminate stuff?
  • run upon an item and say to yourself or even out loud,  “I forgot I had this.” or  “I can’t get rid of this; I paid good money for this.”?
  • believe the more stuff you have the more worth you have?
  • fear losing the memory of an item so you keep it even though you don’t use it and it is taking up valuable space?

Below are some additional thoughts that might indicate you keep too much stuff.

  • You learned how to keep stuff from your parents who grew up during the great depression and, out of necessity, kept everything?
  • You notice people routinely move items off of the couch or chair so they can sit down.
  • People casually mentioned how much stuff you have?  (Yes, there are some people who do this, sometimes family members who do not live with you.)
  • You notice your frustration level escalates quickly when looking for an item because you need to dig through so many things to find it.

Stay tuned, there’s more good things to come.  Have a terrific day!

All content Copyright Barbara Nichols 2011

Welcome to my organized world!

My mission is to teach you how to simplify and stream-line your living so you are free to spend time on what is most important to you and your life.  I will share with you organizing techniques so you are more calm, less frustrated and you will learn how to  save some time and your money.

How do you simplify life?  Simply stated; declutter, (remove stuff that is not necessary), organize the stuff that is necessary, and then prevent bringing in un-necessary stuff.

You have probably seen a gazillion articles about getting organized…right?  But have you seen any that discuss the change in your thought process, which is critical to staying organized?  Have you seen any that discuss how to prevent re-cluttering?  I haven’t and while I haven’t read every article ever written on the subject, I have read some mighty fine articles on organization through the years.

What you can expect to find on my weblog is valuable information, that when practiced, will empower you to take control of your life by getting decluttered and organized, and staying that way.  In other words, you will learn how to manage the stuff in your surroundings.  You’ll then be more calm and less frustrated.   Refreshing thought, isn’t it!

Also, you will feel relieved because you will save time and money because you’ll know what to tell, or ask, yourself when shopping that prevents you from buying un-necessary stuff.  And during the current economic challenges, eliminating un-necessary buying will benefit your budget.

Some future topics will include:

  • Self-awareness-do you keep too much stuff?
  • Releasing emotional connections to stuff.
  • Determining what you need from what you want.
  • Discerning what to keep and what to lose.
  • Tips and tricks.

My weblog is a work in progress so check back often for updates.  In the meantime, have a terrific day!

All content Copyright Barbara Nichols 2011