Organize + Energize: 4 Areas to Declutter in July
Tuesday, July 04, 2017
This month, I’ll keep the projects light. Here are 4 spaces to declutter.
Shed. Last month I had you declutter and organize the garage. If you have a shed, it’s time to tackle this. Follow the same process. Everything comes out and you can categorize items on the lawn. Give the shed a good cleaning when it’s empty and place items back in according to how you function. If there are winter items in the shed, you can categorize the areas in the shed by season. If you don’t have a shed, you get a break this month!
Desk Drawer. Pick a drawer, any drawer and start emptying. Did you know working with your hands for 10 minutes helps clear your mind? Take inventory of what’s in this drawer. What can live in other spaces in the home and what can get categorized and live here? If you need to purchase drawer organizers, be sure to take inventory of what’s going back in the drawer. Measure the space and then purchase drawer organizers to match what you have and purchase ones that will fit the space. You’ll find once you’re through with this drawer you’ll be motivated to move onto other drawers. Keep going!
Dust collectors. Walk into each room in your home and take a long look around the room. When was the last time you did this? Find anything that’s collecting dust. It could be magazines, knick knacks, plants, books, and the list goes on. Take a look at what’s collecting dust and figure out if you really need it!
Email. This one will give some people a headache. This is something you can do sitting outside while enjoying the weather. How many of you have hundreds or even thousands (I’ve seen it) clogging up your inbox? Take a look at what is in your inbox. Email overload is a distraction and it reduces productivity and it will stress you out every time you open your email. Once you tackle this and get on a good schedule with checking your email and categorizing them and staying on top of them, you’ll reduce one little stressor in your life.
Mark these projects on your calendar for July. Tackle one a week! Take note to how you feel when you’re through!
Related Slideshow: Organizing Products For Your Closet
Flip flop organizer
How many flip flops do you own? Are they thrown all over the closet floor? How long does it take you to find a match to one of them? Bed Bath and Beyond has a $9.99 flip flop organizer that holds 6 pairs of flip flops and hangs nicely in your closet. This is a must-have if you have more than 5 pairs of flip flops. I’ve purchased these for my clients and they work great!
You love your scarves, but it takes you forever to locate one and you have to throw 5 around to find the one you are searching for. Use a scarf organizer and you will be able to see all your scarves and find them at a moment’s notice. Bed Bath and Beyond has a few different types of scarf organizers, including this one for $9.99.
Did you know people who didn’t own shoe racks were 7 times more likely to show up late for an event? Are your shoes in piles on the floor? Get them off the floor and contain them in a shoe rack. There are many options out there, like this one from Bed Bath and Beyond. Choose the shoe rack that is going to fit what you need to hold and fit in the space you are working with.
How are you storing your handbags? Are they stored all over your closet? Are they in bins or crumpled up on the floor? It’s time to organize your bags. There are many options depending on the space you are working with. You can stand them up on a shelf, you can hang them, or if they are small, you can store them in a canvas bin. The choice is yours. Think about how you function and develop a system from there.
Baseball cap organizer
How many baseball caps do you own? How are they organized in your closet now, and how long does it take you to find one? The Container Store (pictured here), Bed Bath and Beyond, and other stores sell this baseball cap organizer. I have a few clients that have purchased them and they love them!
Function over flash
There are many variations on these products. Choose the product that is right for you. There are some organizing products I would never use, but other people might choose to use them. Choose the one that is going to be the most efficient and productive product for you and your family. Don’t choose a product because it’s pretty, choose it based on functionality. Search online for different products before you rush out and purchase a product. You may find that one store is more expensive than another. Don’t forget if you are going to Bed Bath and Beyond to use their 20% off coupons. If you don’t want to purchase these items, get creative and re-purpose items around the home, or make your own!
Kristin Carcieri-MacRae, the founder and owner of Organizing in RI, has always enjoyed finding creative ways to streamline the environment around her. She has appeared on air on Patricia Raskin's Positive Business Radio and her articles have been published in the Rhode Island Small Business Journal and New England Home Life. Kristin's CD, Organizing Basics, is a 1-hour guide for the person who wants to get organized but doesn't know where to start. She is also available for organizing workshops. Tune into her weekly radio show, Organize, Energize! on Mondays at 8:30am on www.talkstreamradio.com.
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