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8 Things To Get Rid Of Right Now

8 Things To Get Rid Of Right Now

A lot of the clutter in our homes consists of items we don’t notice.

 

We never actually use them or have too much of the same thing.

 

Here are 8 things you can get rid of right now.

love letter

1. CARDS.

What about the time I graduated high school? What about when I had my first baby? While these are great memories, there are other ways to never forget i.e. pictures and other physical items. Plus, you were there! If you cannot bare to part with certain ‘thank you’s’ and ‘congratulations’s’ keep one per occasion and file them away. For the others, time to bring out the recycle bin.

make-up

2. EXPIRED MAKE-UP.

Ok ladies… I’ve seen your bathrooms and I know you don’t want to open ‘that drawer’ so ease your anxiety and take a few minutes to trash all the expired makeup lurking in your bathroom, room, bag & car.

socks

3. SOCKS WITHOUT A FRIEND.

We all have them… we all loathe them each laundry cycle. Bite the bullet and chuck the socks with missing mates! Maybe they’ll find each other elsewhere someday.

expired

4. EXPIRED FOOD.

We may not even notice, but there is probably expired food in the pantry and fridge that needs to be tossed. Take a few minutes to go through the freezer, fridge & all your dry goods. You might be surprised.

bottles

5. HOUSEHOLD CHEMICALS.

Why do we have an all purpose cleaner, window cleaner, counter cleaner, bathroom cleaner, counter cleaner, car cleaner etc? We only need a few of these items to get the job done. You can take your unused or slightly used chemicals to your city’s recycle and reuse program’s physical location. Here is the one for Austin.

excess of sharpies

6. PENS & PENCILS.

“But I never can find one!” I can relate to this sentiment, but even taking a minute to peruse through your personal collection might make your heart skip a beat. Take your favorite few pens and pencils to one (or two) designated locations. Put one in your purse, in the car, in the kitchen, etc. And chuck or donate the rest.

books

7. MOVIES & BOOKS.

Because of this “hyper-digital” age, a lot of us are watching our favorite shows and movies online. This weekend, go through your movies and books and sell them at Half Price. I had heard horror stories about not getting anything from them for books and movies my friends treasured, but I got almost $50 bucks. It might be worth it for some gas money.

plastic bags

8. PLASTIC BAGS.

So, I know you Austinites understand our plastic bag policy, but for those of you who still rely on the convenience of taking these guys from the store, it’s time to invest in the reusable bag. Keep some plastic bags for traveling or a pair of dirty shoes at some point, but get rid of the rest; they’re taking up space.

 

You may even find there are other items you can easily ditch along the way.

Happy decluttering!

DDR Your Life

DDR Your Life

When it comes to home organization, it can be hard to know where to start.

 

We have a lot of stuff and not enough time.

 

We want fast results and we want the end result to be pretty.

 

How about a little DDR?

 

DOWNSIZE.

downsize

This is the most important aspect of what I do.

I advertise “creating functional space where everything has a place” and I desire to find the right spot for all of your belongings, but it is important to know that organization that looks good and feels good comes more often when there is less stuff in the way.

To properly downsize, a good chunk of time is needed. When downsizing, there are a few steps:

1. Pick a space.

2. Have three boxes and a trash bag handy, label the boxes: Donate, Sell, Relocate

3. Go through every item in the space: pick it up, hold it, and decide if you want to donate, sell, relocate, or trash the item.

4. Do this with each space in your home you wish to work on.

While this may seem more like organizing, it is much easier to downsize while categorizing than having to go back through each item at a later time.

Application: We have a lot going on. We have kids to feed, appointments to make, phone calls to take, and not enough time in the day. Take a moment to note the most important tasks for the week: “make this appointment”, “call this person”, and schedule “To Do” for each day to spread out your work load.

 

DECLUTTER.

declutter

Now that we have more room to work, it’s time to figure out trouble spots in the home.

One of the easiest ways to determine if an area in your home is a trouble spot is to notice any space that may be visible after downsizing.

You can also walk around your house with a pen and paper to make notes about places you notice that have no defining purpose. A defining purpose can be described as an area that has one function.

Q: Does this area have a defining purpose? 

Yes: Like items are in this area, each item has a designated home

No: Random items are placed together, I put items here when I don’t know what to do with them

If you determine that the area DOES NOT have a defining purpose, make a note and work in this area after your home tour using the mini DDR method. (i.e. go through each item and decide what to do with it right then and there, keep like items in this space and find homes for the other items)

Application: Whether its the random assortment of things in your car console or apps you never use, take a few minutes to consciously get rid of some clutter in your life.

 

REDESIGN.

redesign

Redesign is my favorite aspect of the Mine Space process.

It is one thing to move an item to a different part of the house, but we don’t often go through our spaces in depth.

Redesigning a space is simply allowing the space to be created organically and figuring out its function. The function of the space may not make itself known until this phase.

The relocation box is attended to at this time until all items are gone through and each one is either donated or given a new home.

We need to know there will be space for the item, and since we have already determined we want to keep it, we know we aren’t just adding more clutter to the house.

Application: Maybe there’s a workout routine you’d like to start or maybe you’d like to make  more meals at home. Whatever your weekly subgoals may be, take note of them this week and watch your productivity soar.

 

If you have any questions or concerns about your space, please leave a comment below or email me directly.