Declutter Musical Instruments

How To Declutter Musical Instruments

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Today’s mission is to declutter musical instruments.

This is one of those kind of random missions that either applies to you or doesn’t. But I put it in the Declutter 365 missions for a reason.

Many of us played a musical instrument forever ago, but haven’t touched it in years, either because of a conscious decision, or because life just got busy.

If it isn’t our own, perhaps it is one of our kids’ instruments instead.

Today’s your day to make some hard decisions about these instruments.

I say they’re hard because often decluttering objects like this is less about the object itself and instead more about coming to some conclusions about your life, and deciding, no, “I’m not going to play that trombone ever again, that time in my life has passed,” or whatever other decision you’ve got to make.

Everyone’s hesitation about decluttering these objects is a bit different. Perhaps you somewhere in your thoughts “hope” that you’ll start playing again sometime in the future, or perhaps we think, “I paid good money for that” instrument, and hate to get rid of it.

If those thoughts sound familiar make sure to read my article about the 6 emotions chaining you to clutter and how to break free here.

Now, if you truly want to begin playing again I’m not telling you to give up your dream and chuck out that old instrument anyway. Instead, use this mission as a prompt to get you pursuing that dream again, instead of waiting until later.

On the other hand, remember the power of just letting something go that no longer fits your current lifestyle and dreams. Getting rid of the instrument can let you get rid of guilt or just be a weight off your shoulders because you no longer have to feel an obligation about something you no longer really want to do.

So just take fifteen minutes and get this mission done. Below I’ll give you some ideas for what you can do with these old instruments when you decide to get them out of your home.

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Ideas For What To Do With Old Musical Instruments

Once you’ve made the decision about getting rid of whatever musical instruments you’ve got in your home the next step you need to do is decide what you’ll do with them.

Your Choices: Sell, Donate &/Or Trash

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The first thing you need to decide is whether to sell, donate and/or trash the instrument.

Sometimes these items are valuable enough that it is worth your time to try to sell them. And often times, they’re not worth the effort. You need to make that call.

First, be practical. The old band instrument your child used in middle school is probably not worth a lot, so it may not be worth your time to try to sell it.

On the other hand, the professional grade violin your great uncle played in the orchestra may be worth getting appraised to determine value before you make a decision of how to get rid of it.

I suggest starting with your local music store to see if they sell used instruments. If necessary get an appraisal, such as from an auction house, if there is a possibility it is worth a significant sum of money.

If all that seems like a lot of trouble, especially if you suspect the instrument has more sentimental value than monetary value, I definitely recommend donating.

Some places that may really appreciate such donations include school music departments, churches and retirement homes.

If an instrument is damaged significantly, or needs extensive repairs, that may also make it harder to sell, and perhaps to donate, although perhaps not. Some places will accept donations of instruments that need to be fixed again, because they have programs set up for refurbishing them.

Please don’t donate trash though, so make sure the place you are choosing to donate a damaged instrument is aware of that damage and still would appreciate it anyway, if you decide to go that route.

Trashing an instrument is definitely not high on my list of suggestions, but in some instances, if it has been severely damaged it may be your best recourse.

Special Note About Large Musical Instruments Such As Pianos & Organs

The thought of decluttering large instruments, such as a piano or organ, can cause a sense of dread just because of the logistics of getting rid of it.

I understand.

Ideally you’d be able to find someone who’d purchase it, and then take it away for you. But life is not always ideal.

Even if you find somewhere which will take the donated piano or organ you may still need to pay to get it to their location.

Sometimes decluttering costs money, but such is life.

I suggest calling professional piano movers to do this job, otherwise you’re very likely to damage the instrument and make it worthless in the process of trying to get it out of your home, plus hurt your back in the process.

Further, depending on the condition of the piano or organ you may just need to pay to have it hauled off with no one willing to take it. Then, it is again just something you’ll have to do to get that space back in your home.

I would love to hear other people’s thoughts and suggestions for what to do with old musical instruments in the comments below, so tell me all about it!

Plus, once you’ve done this mission I would love to hear your results. Tell me what you got rid of and how you decided to deal with the item. You can even submit photos here of what you decluttered and I’ll add them to this page.

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How To Declutter Shoes

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Today’s mission is to declutter shoes. Actually, since this can be quite a task it is a mission that I’ve got on the Declutter 365 mission calendar for the next several days.

Organize Shoes & Boots Challenge

This mission is designed to be done while we work on the

Organize Shoes & Boots Challenge

here on the site, as part of the 52 Week Organized Home Challenge. Of course, you can do it whenever you want or need to in your home.

When working on these missions, for adult shoes, kids shoes, those by the entryway, and any additional shoes like boots and more that you’ve got in your home, make sure to always work 15 minutes at a time, so you don’t get overwhelmed.

In addition though, get rid of the no brainer types of shoes to declutter first, and then focus on decluttering shoes from each set of categories for each person in your home, so you make sure to keep the shoes you will actually need but get rid of the excess.

Type Of Shoes You Should Declutter

When doing this mission, make sure you get rid of these types of shoes for each person in your home:

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    • Those without a matching pair

    • Too small

    • Hurt your feet

    • Out of style (either out of style completely, or no longer your particular style)

    • Bought for a specific outfit, but you no longer wear or have that outfit

    • Have holes, excess wear or are damaged (and you know you won’t spend the time and money to repair them — be honest with yourself!)

  • Haven’t worn them in 6 months to a year

Decide How Much Space You’ve Got For Shoe Storage And Then Stick To That Amount Of Shoes

If digging through your closet you find some shoes you’d forgotten about but are now excited to wear again, great!

However, it is possible to have too many shoes, meaning that there is really no way you could wear them all frequently enough to enjoy them.

For that reason I find it is helpful, when decluttering shoes, or anything else you can collect and love, to decide how much room you’ve got in your home for shoe storage, and then to keep decluttering your shoe collection until you winnow it down to the amount that will fit into the designated space available.

That requires you to keep decluttering until you’re just left with the very best ones. That can be tough, but you’ll be thankful with yourself when the job is done.

What you don’t want to do is save only shoes you LOVE, without thinking of the shoes you also practically need.

Therefore, it’s best to declutter by category of shoes, to make sure you keep the necessities first, for each category, and then you can fill up the rest of your shoe storage area however you want, with whatever type of shoe you love the most.

I know it can be difficult to decide how many of certain items to keep when decluttering, so below I’ve provided some guidelines you can use to help you make sure you keep at least the necessities in each shoe category for each family member.

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Guidelines For How Many Shoes Kids & Adults Need

As mentioned above, it can be difficult to decide how many shoes to keep when you take on the task of decluttering.

Below are some guidelines and thoughts to use when making this very personal decision.

I say it’s personal, because it really is. There is generally, a minimum number of shoes you need — one pair, so you’re not shoeless, but beyond that it is based on your needs, your desires, and often the most limiting aspect of all, how much room you’ve got for shoes.

I’ve listed some guidelines for the minimum amount of each time of category of shoe that most people, typically, need. Make sure you have these and then keep whatever additional shoes will fit into your designated storage area until it gets full, and get rid of the rest.

Athletic

If you regularly work out, or play a sport, you know you’ve got to have the right footwear for these tasks. If you don’t, you won’t be able to do these activities you enjoy or choose to do for your health.

Therefore, keep at least one pair of shoes necessary for each athletic activity you do.

Depending on how dirty the shoes get, or how often they need to be rotated, you may want to keep one spare pair as well.

For example, my kids all play tennis, and there are specific shoes to wear on the tennis court. They generally keep the one pair they’re currently playing in, and one older pair that is still in good condition just in case something happens to their main pair (assuming those shoes still fit, if they don’t, or the old pair that fits has a hole, they just don’t have a spare pair).

Casual

You typically only “need” (notice I didn’t say “want”) one to two pairs of casual shoes, assuming you choose shoes that will go with a variety of outfits.

When looking through the shoes you’ve got think about which pairs you wear, over and over again, with multiple outfits. Those are the types you want to keep, and perhaps buy those same brands and styles again in the future, since you know you like them and they go with many different things you currently wear.

If you wish to have more casual shoes than that, go for it, but know that they are a “want” and not a “need,” so only keep extras after you keep some from each of the additional categories listed.

Work or School

Sometimes where you work or go to school requires, as part of a uniform, or for safety reasons, a specific type of shoes. Obviously, keep those shoes to be able to do your job, or go to class.

The same reasoning goes for whatever other activity you regularly have to, or wish to do, that requires specific footwear. Keep those types of shoes.

If your work shoes, or school shoes, aren’t required to be a specific type, then they can probably be the exact same shoes designated for a different category, such as casual shoes, or dress shoes, depending on the place you work or go to school.

(You can get more tips for decluttering workwear from your closet here.)

Evening or Dress

You should have at least one nice pair of dress shoes that you can wear when you put on prettier clothes, or are dressing more formally, such as for an evening out, or to go to church.

Ideally, choose a pair that will go with a variety of outfits, such as standard colors. Often, people will have a couple of standard colors, such as black, navy and brown, to go with a large variety of outfits.

Again, you can have lots more pairs of dress shoes if you so desire, assuming you’ve got the space to hold them all in your home.

Seasonal Shoes (I.e. Boots, Sandals, Etc.)

What you need in regard to seasonal shoes depends a lot on the climate that you live in, and what types of outdoor activities you normally do.

For most people, one pair of boots and one pair of sandals will suffice, but if you live in a very hot climate you may not need boots at all, or if it rains a lot waterproof boots will make more sense than snow boots, etc.

The important thing is to make sure you’re prepared to move around outside safely and comfortably in the types of weather you normally have.

Spare Pairs For Emergencies & Messy Situations

If you really want to be minimalistic about the number of shoes you have, you really don’t have to have many at all.

But I will caution you that shoes do get excessively dirty, you might step in something unpleasant, and sometimes they either wear out or even just break unexpectedly.

Because these things can happen, and I bet they’ve happened to you in the past, you should keep a spare pair or two.

With anything spare or extra you can take it too far, and really use it as an excuse to keep a bunch of shoe clutter. Don’t do that.

However, one spare pair that you could wear to the store to buy new shoes, or one pair that is old and doesn’t matter if they get dirty, and therefore spare your nicer pair from getting dirty in some situations, can often come in handy.

Therefore, be sure to designate a pair for such purposes when decluttering, and pull them aside.

Special Note For Kids Shoes

Kids feet grow quickly, and sometimes unexpectedly, so that “new” pair of shoes you bought for them may only last a few weeks before they’re outgrown.

Therefore, I caution you to be especially careful about getting too many shoes for kids. It can be a budget buster without even giving you the joy of seeing them wear them very often before they’re outgrown.

On the other hand, kids can be very hard on their shoes, so if they are going to wear one pair a lot it is often better to purchase one sturdier pair instead of several pairs that will fall apart more quickly.

I know some people will disagree with me, but as long as the shoes are in good condition when one sibling finishes with them, I’ve often saved the shoes for the next child. After all, I do not waste money unnecessarily.

Therefore, when doing this mission there may be some kids shoes that you remove from their closet, for example, in the short term because the shoes no longer fit the older child, but instead of decluttering them completely from the house, you may want to set them aside, labeled and stored in a place you’ll find them again later, so later the younger child can wear them.

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Simple Habits to Keep You Organized and Clutter-free

Simple Habits to Keep You Organized and Clutter-free

What’s the secret to keeping a clean and clutter-free home? Well, the secret is there isn’t one! It’s being intentional every day. Cleaning up messes before they get out of hand, following through with routines, and putting a few simple systems into place will definitely help.

There are 9 things I do on a daily or weekly basis that help our family maintain a clean and clutter-free home. These are things that took effort in the beginning, but have since become habits that now are part of our regular routine. If you are struggling to maintain a clean and clutter-free home, I highly recommend starting with these 9 tasks.

Read more: 9 Habits for a Clean and Clutter-free Home via The Simply Organized Home

Practiced daily, these habits take only a few minutes to complete. But together, they leave your home in a perpetual state of clutterfree.

I discovered almost immediately that the less stuff you own, the more organized and clutterfree your home becomes. Go figure.

We would soon discover 21 benefits of owning less and decide that we’d never go back to our old lives of mindless consumption.

In addition to a significant purge that cleared the space for clutterfree living, we developed simple habits to keep our home clutterfree. They were not obtrusive or burdensome in anyway. Just the opposite, in fact. Practiced daily, they take only a few minutes to complete. But together, they leave our home in a perpetual state of clutterfree (or at least, close to it).

Here are the habits I most recommend: 7 Daily Habits for a Clutter-Free Home via Becoming Minimalist

13 Habits to keep your kitchen organized and clutter-free

Decluttering is an important part of simplifying your kitchen, your home and your life. If you have too much stuff, it’s impossible to keep your home or your kitchen organized and clutter-free. But decluttering isn’t the end. Once you’ve gotten rid of the clutter, you also need habits, systems and routines to maintain your clutter-free space. Today I’m sharing 13 simple habits to keep your kitchen organized and clutter-free now and in the future.

Be sure to check out the previous posts in my kitchen decluttering series linked below. Find great info to help you get decluttering and create the clutter-free kitchen you’ll love!

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Ways to Declutter Your House

This genius step-by-step guide is a must-read for everybody who embraces minimaist lifestyle. Practice these hacks to declutter your entire home in just a week. Embrace more free space and embrace more peace in life.. #clutter #declutter #simple #simplicity #minimalist #minimalism #home

This genius step-by-step guide is a must-read for everybody who embraces minimaist lifestyle. Practice these hacks to declutter your entire home in just a week. Embrace more free space and embrace more peace in life.

Declutter your home quickly in these 7 practical steps.

Let’s go!

Read more: 7 Practical Steps to Declutter Your Entire Home in A Week via One Does Simply

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Clutter, or mess, is an annoying thing. Your home needs to be neat with only things around that you are able to manage. However if you surround yourself with every possible thing on earth, it literally becomes too much to handle. If such is the situation at your home, ‘declutter’ is what you need to seriously consider. Decluttering your home not only tidies up the place but makes life easy and organized as well. Decluttering provides more space, at the same time, gives you control and easy access to the things you need.

Read more: 20 Best Decluttering Your Home Advice Out There via Home By Jenn

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The amount of clutter one can accumulate in their home is baffling. I know personally, right after the madness of the holiday season, I have to wade through all of the stuff in my house.

While it may just be a little clutter at the moment, trust me where there is a small amount, there will inevitably be way more! Well, I’m here to tell you today that you no longer have to live in a cluttered home. Follow these nine useful tips I’ve used to declutter your home quickly.

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Tips to Create an Organized Filing System

Tips to Create an Organized Filing System

 

Papers! They seem to multiply creating piles everywhere. If I’m being honest, papers are one of the hardest things for me to stay on top of. There is just so many of them and trying to find the time to sort through everything before they become a cluttered pile can be exhausting. However, having a properly organized filing system can make a huge difference.

This filing system is based off the same principles used in the Freedom Filer system. When I set this up, I read about the Freedom Filer system and liked the concepts just not the price. So I tweaked a few things and created a DIY system that works for me and my family.

If you want to set up your own simple filing system to keep you organized for the new year, just follow the steps below!

Read more: Create an Organized Filing System via The Simply Organized Home

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Paperwork! If you’re like most people, you probably feel overwhelmed at times with all the paper clutter you need to deal with and organize. Unless you’re getting e-bills only, then you’ve got monthly bills and account statements to sift through, on top of junk mail, medical records, insurance documents, warranties, receipts, manuals, your kids’ school papers, tax documents, and more! That’s a lot of paperwork to keep track of! And the bad thing is that you could be in big trouble if you wind up needing one of those documents and aren’t able to find it. Luckily, there are many different ways to get a handle on all the paper in your life! Check out these 10 Handy Ways to Organize Your Personal Papers!

Read more: 10 Handy Ways to Organize Your Personal Papers via A Culticated Nest

Many owners view filing systems as a necessary evil since by taking the time to set it up and maintain it doesn’t help make money for their business. So, they quickly file papers in groups that may or may not be appropriate just to get it out of the way and give them more time to do things that help them make money. But, then they get frustrated when they can’t find what they were looking for in the future. The reality is all businesses need to keep retrievable files and need to have systems in place to manage this paperwork no matter how large or small the business is.

Here are some suggestions for what to keep in your small business files. Review and set them up sooner than later. You will be happy that you did.

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How to Organize Your Personal Files

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What’s on your bucket list? Maybe you want to travel to Paris, hit a hole-in-one, or simply spend more time with family.

Each of us has a unique list of things we want to accomplish in life, but one activity that should be on everyone’s to-do list is getting affairs in order. This includes gathering and organizing personal information, financial records, and legal documents.

After a death occurs, loved ones are often tasked with many responsibilities. By compiling, sorting, and organizing these important papers, you can relieve your loved ones of this work.

Continue reading to learn the most important personal information you need to gather and how to organize it.

Read more: How to Organize Your Personal Information via Busch Cares

This article on important planning documents is provided by Everplans — The web’s leading resource for planning and organizing your life. Create, store and share important documents that your loved ones might need.

Your personal information will be essential for your family to wrap up your personal affairs.

By organizing your personal information, you can help your family more easily:

Read more: Personal Information, Documents, And Accounts To Organize And Share via Everplans

Learning how to organize personal information, is very important and should be one of your categories when you set up your paperwork system. On the page which discusses your home filling system, I talk you through picking a consistent system, which will work for your needs and the way you think. However, when you organize your personal information there tends to be a mix of paper based and electronic files, not to mention all those codes and numbers which belong to each individual person nowadays. This page looks at all of those tricky bits of information and aims, to give you a host of ideas which will help you to organize personal information in your household.

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Bathroom Organization for Busy Families

Let’s be honest… bathroom organization is not usually on the top of our list of things to do. It does, however, offer great benefits in terms of saving time and keeping the bathroom clean.

Bathroom organization will save time because everything will be right where you need it when you’re getting ready to go somewhere. It will help to keep the bathroom clean because everything will have a place and you will have a system to help with bathroom cleaning on a daily basis.

Where do we start?

The same place we start in every area of the house…clean and purge! Go through the bathroom and get rid of everything you don’t need or use. Then give it a good, thorough cleaning. This would be a good time to throw a new coat of paint on the walls too, if you want-just to help freshen things up.

Now for the organizing…

Each person who uses the bathroom on a regular basis should have his/her own space in the bathroom. It doesn’t have to be a big space-it just needs to be a place where he/she can keep personal belongings. A drawer works great. If you don’t have enough drawers, you can purchase plastic bins, caddies, or even stackable drawers that fit under the cabinet. The key is for each person to put their things back in the designated space after each use. Some items might be shared by everyone-cotton swabs, toothpaste, etc. Have a central location for these types of things. You can keep them out in the open in decorative containers or store them in a separate drawer that is available to everyone.

You also need one more caddy to keep cleaning supplies. If you have small children, make sure you have a place in the bathroom that is locked or out of their reach. A great item to keep in the cleaning caddy is disposable cleaning wipes. Everyday, someone should use the wipes to wipe down the sink area and toilet.

You also need some sort of a daily shower spray. If you want to invest in it, the Scrubbing Bubbles Automatic Shower Cleaner is a great cleaning tool. The last person to take a shower each day just pushes a button and the shower is cleaned automatically.

As for the toilet, there are many products on the market that are placed in the tank to help with daily cleaning. It will really cut down on the number of times you have to actually scrub the potty.

In the shower or tub, you need containers or shelves to keep bathing items. If children use the bathroom, include a water-friendly container for toys as well.

Make sure to have a place to house extra toilet paper next to the toilet. You should also have towel racks and hooks to keep wet towels off the floor. A dual hamper is great to have too, so you don’t mix good clothes with damp towels in the laundry.

Save some space in a cabinet for larger personal care items that you don’t want out in the open, but won’t fit in an individual’s drawer. You can also keep extra supplies, such as soap or shampoo here.

The final thing to consider is where to keep towels and washcloths. This really depends on the storage available in your bathroom. If you have room in a linen closet or in a cabinet, keep them there. If not, you may have to get creative. Use a basket and roll folded towels to maximize space. Hanging towel organizers are also great.

Incorporating these ideas into your bathroom organization will ease frustration for the whole family. But don’t forget…it will take your family time to adjust. Be patient with them!

 

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How to Organize Kitchen Cabinets

How to Organize Kitchen Cabinets

 

The amount of items that home cooks need to store in their kitchen cabinets is mind boggling. The sheer number of different types of items makes cabinets harder to organize than any other space in your kitchen and that is why sticking to a simple organization strategy is key. Namely, group like items with like items.

See the basic process of organizing your kitchen cabinets, with in-depth resources to help you. Don’t try to tackle this project until you’re motivated to see it through. This is a fairly big undertaking (on the level of organizing the garage and your clothes closets), so it’s important to be motivated to keep going, no matter how much of a mess you may create halfway through.

Read more: Organize Your Kitchen Cabinets in 5 Simple Steps via The Spruce

Trying out new kitchen organization ideas in small spaces be extra challenging.

Using every available space in your small kitchen will make your kitchen look cluttered, instead, you need to find a balance of keeping only what you need and use in your kitchen and decluttering or storing the rest.

The following organization ideas for small kitchens include extra storage ideas, space-saving ideas and some just plain genius kitchen ideas for small spaces.

Read more: 24 Insanely Clever Ways to Organize Your Small Kitchen via Little House Lovely Home

 

Having an organized, clutter-free kitchen makes everything from cooking dinner to making coffee a thousand times easier. But what if your kitchen doesn’t have cabinets? Where are you supposed to put your plates, mugs, and snacks?

The answer: Wherever they can fit.

When there’s no obvious place to store dishes, food, and appliances, you have to think outside the cabinet. Here are 13 genius ways to arrange and organize a kitchen without cabinets:

Read more: 13 Miracle Solutions For Arranging And Organizing A Kitchen Without Cabinets via Make Space

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Organizing Bathroom Drawers and Cupboards

 

Practical ideas for organizing your bathroom drawers and cupboards and some of my favorite supplies for a beautifully functional bathroom! Video included.

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These genius ideas will help you make the most of your small (but mighty) space.

Turn your bathroom into a true zen zone with these stylish carts, storage cabinets, and shower hacks. With these bathroom organizing ideas, you’ll know exactly where to find all of your go-to cleaning products, toiletries, and linens, ultimately saving time and easing stress. A tidier (read: prettier) master bathroom may even inspire you to amp up your self-care routine. But before you unwind, keep your decluttering streak going with these organization tips for the rest of your home.

Read more: 20 Smart Bathroom Organizing Ideas That’ll Make Getting Ready So Much Easier via Good Housekeeping

 

Spruce up your bathroom with these tips and tricks.

It’s time to declutter your bathroom once and for all. These smart organizing ideas will get your washroom tidy in no time. You might even get inspired to neaten up the rest of your house!

Read more: 25 Bathroom Organization Ideas to Make Mornings Less Hectic via Country Living

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5 Steps to STAYING Organized

It occurred to me that so many books, TV shows and Google searches are out there about “getting organized”. Today I’d like to give you some tips on staying organized.

Most people have read a book or two about organizing – heck, some people have purchased 2 or 3 books on the subject. Getting organized can be overwhelming! So what if you get motivated, declutter, donate, toss and generally whip your place into shape… then 6 months later, you are right back to where you started? Sound familiar? It’s not that uncommon.

So, how do you prevent stuff like this from happening? Here’s some tips to help you get organized and stay that way:

  1. Be realistic: if you don’t want to color-code files, then good grief – DON’T. It’s not a law! Use whatever you feel you can keep up in the long run.
  2. Take little “bites”: If you’re on hold on the phone, pull out the junk drawer and sort through it. Sort through a small box of pictures while watching a familiar movie – set a goal to be done with the box by the time the movie ends. Smaller bite-sized projects can be a great way to start a large project, and avoid the “crash and burn” syndrome of overhauling your entire home in a weekend.
  3. Keep up your system: If you put in a new filing system, use it. If you assign homes for jackets or keys, be sure to use them. Try them out for 30 days before deciding to change it.
  4. Maintain: Don’t let your clutter pile up again. Make decisions, and stick to your plan. Remember to be consistent.
  5. Lean into the turn: It’s a fact of life that sometimes stuff happens. Babies are born, people get married, kids go off to school, people pass on and leave their stuff and grief for those that loved them, new jobs… and the list goes on. Sometimes life throws you a curve, just lean into it and come out the other side without throwing away all your hard work.

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In the workplace, we all need a place to stay organized, especially depending on the type of business. A common reason many people are disorganized, is because they lack a proper workspace. Many assume it’s just due to laziness, but this isn’t always the case. Because of a cramped office space, it’s often difficult to organize all your papers and folders. Either you need to better utilize your office, or move into a new office where you have more space.

Whether you work from home as a contractor or freelancer, or are in the workplace, having office space for your business is important. After all, your employees definitely have a place to work, whether it’s their own private office, or a personal cubicle. On the other hand, it’s not just enough that you have your own office to work, but what are some ways you can improve on this? Are your making the best of your personal office? Are you still being distracted by things around you? Here are some ways you can improve.

#1. Clean Up Your Office

First and foremost, if your office is a mess, you need to clean it up. After all, how will you be able to work if all your papers are scattered around? Even more so, you’ll have trouble locating your papers and folders if things are disorganized. By organizing your files and folders, you’ll not only get a clearer picture of what needs to be accomplished, but you’re also setting a good example for your employees. Not to mention the business as a whole. As another way to organize and clean your office, use separate and unique folders for each type of document. Have you thought about color coding your folders? As an example, put all of your essential papers in a red folder (as if to signify their importance), while any miscellaneous documents could go in a green folder or any miscellaneous color of your choosing.

#2. Move to a New Office

As I mentioned earlier, another reason you might be disorganized, is due to a lack of office space. After all, you can’t lay out your files in the way you want to if there’s no room to do so. If this is the case, then consider moving to a new office, or expanding your current one. Obviously, it’ll give you the opportunity to work more efficiently, but it also gives you a chance to turn your office into more than just a place to work.

Have you considered buying accessories for your office, such as decorations? While this doesn’t necessarily serve a purpose in helping you complete your tasks, don’t forget that this is your own personal office. Why not lighten up the mood a bit? Many people have this mindset that an office should be a place devoid of any relaxation and enjoyment. However, it shouldn’t just be a place where you work on tasks, it should also be a place where you enjoy working on said tasks. Having more space in your office, allows you to design it the way you want.

#3. Find a Quiet Place to Work

This mainly applies to those who work from home. One of the keys to improving your office space, is to be free of distractions, and find a quiet place to work. First of all, do you have kids or pets? If not, this is a huge opportunity for you. If you do have children, on the other hand, finding a quiet space is absolutely essential. Either way, whatever space you plan to use, don’t be afraid to turn it into an office. Remember, this is where you’re going to be working a majority of the time. Regardless of whether its your family room or bedroom, clean up, organize everything, and get started!

Whether you work from home or are in a business, these are some tips for creating the perfect office space for your business.

For more information about ways to improve your office space in the workplace, which will lead to better success in your business, feel free to contact me today. Whether you’re looking for ways to improve your business security, or are looking to optimize your customer service with voice intelligence, I look forward to hearing from you, and assisting you in the best way possible.

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How To Declutter Your Wardrobe Of Accessories Clutter

How To Declutter Your Wardrobe Of Accessories Clutter


Today’s mission is to declutter your wardrobe of accessories, such as excess ties, belts and scarves, to clear the clutter from your closet or clothes drawers.

This mission is designed to be done while we’re focused on the Organize Jewelry & Accessories Challenge here on the site, which is one of the 52 Week Organized Home Challenges. Of course, it also dovetails into two other challenges we’ve recently done, the Organize Master Bedroom Closet Challenge and the Organize Master Bedroom Challenge, depending on where you keep any of the accessories we’ll focus on during this mission, within your home.

As always, I try to break down these daily Declutter 365 missions into smaller, more manageable chunks of activity, so you can get it done within a shorter period of time, and without feeling overwhelmed or tackling too much at once.

Since this is somewhat of a catch all mission, if that means you need to focus on just one type of accessory at a time, instead all of your accessories at once, and then repeat the whole mission again with another type of accessory, that’s exactly what you should do.

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How To Declutter Hats & Caps

Today’s mission is to declutter hats and caps from your wardrobe and home.

This mission is designed to be done during the

Organize Jewelry and Accessories Challenge

, which is part of the 52 Week Organized Home Challenge here on the site, or whenever else you need to do it in your own home.

The mission is pretty simple and straightforward. Simply gather up all of the hats and caps, of whatever variety you’ve got in your home, and look through your collection deciding what you should keep and what you should get rid of.

As usual, you don’t have to get rid of every piece of headwear you own. Instead, this is the time to evaluate what you’ve got, and only keep the best of the best, what you actually use, and what you have room for.

This mission applies to both men and women’s hats, as well as hats for kids, so look at all family members.

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11 Signs You’re Not Managing Your Calendar Effectively

11 Signs You’re Not Managing Your Calendar Effectively

Time to admit there’s a better way to stay on top of your appointments.

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If you’re like most entrepreneurs, your calendar is jam-packed. However, that doesn’t mean that it’s been managed effectively. In fact, it may merely be a cluttered mess that’s setting you up for failure. But how can you tell? As the founder of Calendar, an app that helps business owners manage their time better, I’ve studied over 200 million calendar meetings and formulated these 11 signs you’re not managing yours effectively.

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How to Succeed in 2020

Don’t hunt attention; attract it.

Dean Kamen is known for introducing the Segway back in 2001. But to think of him as a weird gizmo guy would be to miss the genius of a man out to save the world. As the founder of DEKA Research & Development, which now has some 800 engineers, Kamen has innovated everything from a water purifier for developing countries to a kidney dialysis machine for the home to the iBOT, a wheelchair that goes up and down steps and — surprise! — is about to pop a wheelie in automating corporate America. 

What will be your biggest challenge in 2020?

I’d be happy to tell you, but we’d have to kill you. 

Let’s say you don’t. How should entrepreneurs of all ages look to the future?

Don’t waste your time making a quick buck on some stupid consumer product. I’m sorry, but we’re in desperate need of better medical outcomes, better ways to give people energy and transportation without destroying the environment. Use your talent to do something good for the world, and that will be good for you as well. 

So, about this iBOT stair-climbing wheelchair of yours…

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First Apartment Checklist

What’s the first thing you need for your new apartment? The First Apartment Checklist, of course! I’ve moved 25 times thanks to the military and have helped my two daughters set up their first apartments, so I created this free printable checklist so that you know the basic items to start off in your new place. There’s a lot to know when you get your first place, but you won’t have to worry about what you need to live in it comfortably.

When you think of your first apartment, you dream of a cool, hip place that is filled with items that express your style and is a place you’ll be happy to come home and invite friends to. You know, a cool, hip pad.

Whether you’re looking for a college apartment checklist or one for your first adult place, this first apartment checklist will get you started with the basic must-have items any new home needs. You can take the checklist with you when you go out shopping, when you place your online orders or when family or friends ask you for gift ideas. Whatever the situation, you’ll know exactly what you have and what you have left to purchase!

First Apartment Checklist

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As someone who has moved more than 20 times, I know how truly appreciated practical housewarming ideas and gifts are. It can be overwhelming moving into a new home and a practical gift that can make life easier is simply the best gift you can receive.

Not only have I moved 25 times all over the world into all sizes and kinds of homes (thanks to the military), but I’m a professional organizer andthat means I’m a problem solver. I look for items that really do make my life easier.

Let’s be honest, life is too busy for most of us, so a gift that makes life easier is invaluable. And those are also the best housewarming gifts you can give.

So, whether you’re looking for gifts for new homeowners or housewarming ideas for retirees, the practical housewarming ideas are always much appreciated.

How to Find a Practical Housewarming Gift

  • If you know the person, consider their personality and what they already have and don’t have.
  • If you’ve seen their new place, think about what is lacking and what would make day-to-day life in the new home better.
  • Think back to conversations and what the person has complained about the new home.
  • Consider what are basic, everyday tasks that could be made easier with just the right gadget or item.
  • Do your research and look for practical housewarming ideas that are suggested by trusted sources or professionals not just by brand advertising.

Practical Housewarming Ideas

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