Tips to Share
When you take something out, put it back as soon as you're finished with it. Period! Make your motto "Don't put it down, put it away."
If you haven't used something in a year, get rid of it. Don't hold onto things thinking you'll use them "someday."
When opening mail, get rid of the junk. Paper clutter is a major ongoing issue. Toss it. Shred it. File it. Or, better yet, respond to it right then and there. Most importantly, open it right away.
Organize first, then select containers so you won't end up with the wrong size or shape - and make sure the products are not only functional but fit in with your personal style. Use what you like.
If you're tired of receiving numerous credit card offers, take a few minutes to OPT OUT of all prescreened offers for up to 5 years. Call 1-888-567-8688. New regulations adopted by the Federal Trade Commission now require credit offers to prominently display this number. Then call catalogue companies to discontinue subscriptions you don't use or enjoy. Just these two easy steps will drastically reduce the amount of paper delivered to your home.
Keep a "donation box" in a designated place in your home or garage. Encourage all family members to deposit items they no longer want or need on a continuing basis. When the box is full, take it to the charity of your choice, remembering to get a receipt for tax purposes.
Help your children learn to purge their toys by setting a goal for only keeping a certain amount. Help them learn how to identify which toys mean the most to them. For example, if they have 20 toy trucks, let them pick out their best 10 and donate the others to a favorite charity or hospital.
When purging, take photos of those hard-to-let-go-of items so you have the photos to look at after the items have been tossed or recycled. You'll always have the picture to bring back special memories.
Wander around in a few of my favorite organizing websites. You don't necessarily have to buy online, but these websites will give you a good idea of some of the fabulous products available.
And, especially for homeowners on the move . . .
Most importantly, purge, purge, purge. This is the perfect time to get rid of things that you haven't used in a long time. Why spend your time packing it, paying to have it moved, and then more time unpacking it, only to toss it while getting settled.
Pack 2 survival boxes, both labeled "OPEN FIRST"
- Kitchen Survival Box: paper plates, cups, paper towels, utensils, salt and pepper, sugar, coffee and creamer, dish soap, scissors, can opener, pens & paper, markers, flashlight, screwdriver, hammer, nails and anything else you know you'll need immediately. Don't forget food and bowls for any pets.
- Bedroom Survival Box: sheets, pillows, blankets, towels, shampoo, soap, toothbrushes, shower curtain and any medications your family takes.
Arrange for child and/or pet care during packing and moving days. Everyone will benefit!