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     Comment   March 31, 2014
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gibbs300
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April 2, 2014 at 5:18am     
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garden2500
I would rather spend my money on other things - nothing against professional organizers. I read an article recently that has helped. I, too, have lived in my house for over 20 years and not only have my many things but everything that was my mother's. It is so emotional, and therefore quickly draining, to go through so much stuff at once. The article I read suggested many things but a couple I have tried and found helpful are as follows: 1) try to straighten/clean out/organize one room/area at a time because then you can see the progress you are making. If you move from room to room doing a little, it will take longer to see your progress and you may loose your motivation and feel overwhelmed. You also may end up just moving things from room to room instead of really addressing the issue; 2) don't wait until you can have hours to tackle a room. Use 10 to 15 minutes of time whenever you have it by dividing the room and focusing on one thing like going through a drawer or a box. I went to a Dollar Store in my town and got plastic organizers (some 3 to $1 so very affordable) and have organized my bathroom cabinets. I was surprised at how I was overbuying my supplies because I didn't realize I already had the items in my cabinet. . . which meant I was causing myself to have less room without even knowing it! I have also matched all my socks so now all fit in my drawer and I don't get frustrated trying to find a pair when I'm getting ready for work and doing laundry is much better when you actually have space to put away your clean clothes! I'm not big on getting rid of everything in the name of decluttering. I have things I love and I don't want to get rid of them but I do keep repeating to myself that old saying, "A place for everything and everything in it's place". My goal is that whatever (and however much) I decide to keep, there must be a space for it that does not compromise my feeling positive about my home and having my family and friends over for visits. I feel wonderful when I fill a bag with clothes, hats, shoes, household items, etc. and take to donate. I am getting much more out of it then the folks who will become the new owners of my things!!
Good luck to everyone who have any version of the daunting tasks of cleaning, straightening, organization, etc. You will find you will feel more energized as you go through each day and use a few of those 10 to 15 minutes to tackle what you have. I even painted my Kitchen this past weekend!
April 2, 2014 at 3:42pm     
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