Out with the Old. In with the ….(careful!!!).

by Michael on January 1, 2010

Posted in: Getting Organized,News

A new year calls for change.  Take a look at the magazine rack at the supermarket or your favorite book store and you get the idea: ” Lose 15-20 Pounds Fast”, “Change your Life”, “Get Happy and Stay Happy”, “De-Clutter”.

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AH…de-clutter.  Now there’s something I can relate to.  It’s amazing how much stuff we have, isn’t it?  Those storage container companies must LOVE us!  Fabric stash.  Yarn stash.  Stuff here, stuff there, stuff in drawers, stuff piled in the closet, stuff in boxes, stuff under the bed, stuff in the garage, in the shed, in the basement. Stuff still in the bag from the store.  Stuff with the price tag still on it! Stuff. Stuff. Stuff.  It’s enough to make you crazy.

Could you see yourself being ultra-calm and ultra-creative working in a space like this:

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Yeah, thought so.  Me too!  And while we all don’t have an office like the one shown above, there ARE several things we can do to achieve a clean, open, and un-cluttered workspace.  Oranizing Your Home Office (from the editor of Real Simple magazine) is a video I found on YouTube that might get you motivated.  :-)

Here are few more tips:

  • Don’t just run out to the store and buy a bunch of containers so you can store your junk.  Storing stuff is good (if it’s truly stuff you want to / need to keep); however, if you’re just going to put your stuff in containers (without giving it a thought) that’s NOT de-cluttering.  That’s storing.  And…isn’t that why you’re in the spot you’re in to start with?  Yep.  Thought so.
  • Give yourself a break:  don’t expect to de-clutter your entire home (or entire creative space) in one sitting.  It ain’t gonna happen.  You need to de-clutter in chunks of time.  Say 15 – 30 minutes at a time.  This will prevent you from giving up and will give you some good bursts of energy to really get in there and sort through the stuff.
  • One man’s trash is another man’s treasure (take it from me:  that is SOOOO true).  Before you haul all your stuff to the curb, ask yourself if there’s a better way to deal with your items.  Could you sell them at a garage sale/yard sale/tag sale in the next few weeks or months?  If so, and if you have the space, you could save your items and sell them.  Turn your trash into cash! You might think about selling your items on eBay or Etsy (assuming they are truly vintage items (at least 20 years old).
  • Make a tax-deductible contribution to Goodwill or another organization.  I’m not an expert on taxes, so check with your tax advisor on the deduction you might qualify for.
  • Give away items to the daycare center you take your kiddo(s) to.  Craft items are usually welcome at these places that sometimes find it hard to budget for such things.

Check out these photos of Sally’s studio. Clean. Airy. Wonderful.  And…for more help on de-cluttering and keeping things neat, check out Sharilyn’s  blog and more photos of her studio here.

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