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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

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