Declutter and Organize Holiday Decorations Now

Declutter and Organize Holiday Decorations Now

I appeared on the Fox 32 Good Day Chicago Christmas Special on Christmas morning and shared tips to declutter and organize holiday decorations after the holidays. In case you missed it, I wanted to give you all the details here. Read to the end and find the link to download my tips. After the holidays is a perfect time to get organized. Start now – declutter and organize holiday decorations before storing them away! Holiday decorations hold special meaning. Preserve these memories by creating order for these treasures to enjoy now and for future generations. Before packing away your decorations, here’s a simple idea to make decorating easier next year. Take photos of the decorations you have set up. Next year, use your photos as a guide for decorating and save yourself time and energy! Declutter and Organize Holiday Decorations Declutter and organize holiday decorations using these simple tips. If you want to put this off till next year when taking out your decorations, think again! Time is always in short supply before the holidays, right? You’ll save time, energy, and frustration by tackling this project now. Your future self will thank you! Tip #1 – Declutter Declutter decorations you no longer use, want, or cherish. This clutter just gets in the way. Decorations you can declutter include: Decorations you no longer enjoy Decorations you avoid using year after year Anything broken, worn out, or beyond repair if you know you won’t fix Emotional attachments make this hard. Consider donating items that can be used. Ask family members to choose any they’d like to own. But toss anything that is broken or...
How To Get Relief From Clutter

How To Get Relief From Clutter

Are you afraid to let go of things? Fear can really hold you back from letting go of your clutter. Click the play button below to listen as I discuss how to get relief from clutter during an interview on the Organize Mindfully podcast. In this 30 minute audio, you will learn how my RELIEF process can help you declutter and organize any space in your home or office. I briefly touch on one of the most important things that gets put off, family photos and movies. I love getting these treasures back into peoples’ lives! I also share my favorite internet resource, app, book recommendations, and the best advice I ever received. Like what you hear? Get more resources by requesting my free report, Tips for a More Organized and Productive Year. Click here to receive your...

Your Perfect Pantry

You have seen those pantries that are just so – they blanket the pages of magazines. We may have a few friends with them. Even the most dysfunctional families on TV seem to have incredibly well organized pantries. Here is what you don’t know – with a few hours, some initiative, and some upkeep, you can have a perfect pantry too. The best thing is it not only looks nice and will make your friends envious, but as you go through your daily life, it will save you time and money. Are you ready to get started? Step One: Declutter Your Pantry Before starting this project, clear off a counter or table near your pantry to use as you empty your pantry Empty the pantry, starting with the top shelf, working left to right. Empty one shelf at a time. Sort the items onto a counter or table as you remove them. Keep like items together – cans, snacks, cereals, baking, paper products, small appliances, etc. Check expiration dates on packaged food products and discard anything that is expired. Set aside anything you no longer want to keep. Discard anything that is stale or no longer fresh enough to use. Unopened unexpired food can be donated to a local food pantry. Set aside anything that does not need to be in the pantry. This is especially important if you have a smaller pantry. Infrequently used items may be able to be stored elsewhere in your home.   Step Two: Cleaning Now that you have an empty pantry, it is time to clean. Cleaning green is all the rage and...

How to Clean Out Closets and Make Money Too

Do your kids outgrow their clothes before they wear them out? Looking for a way to clean out closets and make money too? Not a fan of garage sales, I’ve discovered an easy way to sell kids’ outgrown clothes online. I’d like to share how to sell your unneeded items on Swap.com. If you haven’t heard of Swap.com, it is the largest online consignment store for kids’ items. They also consign toys, maternity, and women’s clothing. Swap.com makes it easy to sell or swap your items. It’s far easier than holding a garage sale and you’re likely to sell your items for more money. Because they have strict acceptance criteria, items sold on Swap.com are in great condition. Money earned selling your items can be used to purchase other items or deposited into a PayPal account. If you prefer, you can swap your items for other items. I donate most of my teenage son and daughter’s outgrown clothes. Recently, we had some outgrown clothes that were in great condition so I decided to use Swap.com. Using Swap.com’s simple process, I shipped the clothes to Swap.com. The clothes were photographed and listed on Swap.com. All I had to do was set the sales price. Swap.com’s sales fee is just $1 plus 20% of the selling price. And it is so easy to do! My niece had several bags of her daughter’s outgrown clothes and a number of infant toys. She had tried garage sales and other online sales sites without much success. What she was able to sell did not sell for much money at all. Then I introduced my niece to Swap.com. After helping...
Easy Ways to Clean Off Your Desk Even When You’re Busy

Easy Ways to Clean Off Your Desk Even When You’re Busy

Think you are too busy to clean off your desk? Think again. A messy desk makes it harder to be productive. costing you time, money, and business. Here are some easy ways to clean off your desk even when you’re busy. Much of what’s on your desk are things you need to do. So instead of letting things you need to do get buried under other things you need to do, set up action files. Label your action files with action words, such as: To Call, To Enter, To File, To Pay. To Do is much too vague – call it what it really is. Be sure the labels make sense to you and be consistent. Avoid any files labeled “Miscellaneous”. Why should you clean off your desk? You won’t waste time searching for what you need when you need it. Less clutter on your desk makes it easier to focus on the task at hand. Keep only the items you need frequently (daily or several times per week) on top of your desk. Everything else can go in a drawer or on a shelf. Where should everything go once you clean off your desk? Make sure everything has a home where you can find things quickly and put them away when you are finished. Use containers to store like items, such as project boxes, literature sorters, in/out baskets, shelves, and file boxes. Store items where they are used. Completed projects can be filed away. You can stay organized all year long. Take a few minutes at end of day to put things away so you’ll be ready for next day. Spend some...

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