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Tuesday Tidbit – Surprising Myths About Clutter (Part 1)

Surprising Myths About Clutter (Part 1) outtaspaceorganizing.comThis week and next week we’ll be looking at my top five surprising myths about clutter. These myths keep you stuck with too much stuff. Read on for the first two.

Myth # 1 – You FIRST Need to Be Organized

Nope! First you need to let go of stuff that you no longer love, need or use. If you don’t keep it, you don’t need to organize it. It IS that easy.

Myth # 2 – Cute Containers Are the Answer

Nope again! There are a few stores that I just LOVE to browse in and it’s the containers, bins and baskets with their storage possibilities that are so much fun. But even I don’t randomly buy them.

First you need to know what you need. If you buy for what you have right now before you practice the advice in Myth #1, you may end up with more or less than you need, which is just plain frustrating.

And let’s face it, a bin or box can be a crutch to keep items instead of letting them go. How much unknown stuff is already packed away in boxes that will never see the light of day? Enough said.

Summer is an ideal time to learn more and seek out additional support. Simply set up a complimentary Cut Out Clutter strategy call with me here and we’ll chat about what is on your mind.

Tuesday Tidbit – How to Make a Difference

How to Make a Difference  outtaspaceorganizing.comThis summer is a great time to thin out the clothes in your closet and help another woman gain the confidence to return to or enter the workforce. We all know that first impressions matter and having appropriate interview or work clothing is essential.

Dress For Success has locations around the world to help you help others. This organization “empowers women to achieve economic independence by providing a network of support, professional attire and development tools to help women thrive in work and in life.”

Be sure to use .org and check out their website at www.dressforsuccess.org.

Summer is an ideal time to make a difference in your OWN life by starting and finishing the projects weighing you down. To learn more, simply set up a complimentary Cut Out Clutter strategy call with me here and we’ll chat about what is on your mind.

Tuesday Tidbit – How to Celebrate NO Dirty Dishes Day

How to Celebrate No Dirty Dishes Day  outtaspaceorganizing.com

There really is a No Dirty Dishes Day. It’s on May 18th and here is how to celebrate.

One of my clients had enough dishes to fill the sink, fill the dish drying rack on the counter, fill the dishwasher, and still have many around the house. It became an art form for the teenagers in the home to stack more dirty dishes without anything falling over.

It also became a battle – a real battle to enlist the help of anyone to wash the dishes.

The solution was S I M P L E… reduce the number of dishes.

When you have what you need on a daily basis you will wash dishes, and it won’t take that long. When dishes pile up and up and up it can take hours to catch up and no one wants any part of that chore.

Sharing the bounty of your dishes will bless someone else and in the end, it will be a relief to you and your family. Sometimes it is tough love with an easy solution that creates new habits.

Have questions about how we might work together? Let’s simply start the conversation. Either call or email me to find out how or if we should take your downsizing and organizing journey together.

Tuesday Tidbit – Unusual “Holiday” This Week

Cherish an Antique Day outtaspaceorganizing.comApril 9th is Cherish An Antique Day. We often pack up crates or boxes of stuff from family or long-gone relatives without much thought. We know we have it (sometimes we forget what we have too!) and we keep it hidden without much thought to integrating it into our home or our lives or to pass it on.

We just store it.

Sometimes it is just the opposite and we have lots and lots of stuff out and it all blends in with everything else and we don’t see it.

It’s all jumbled together.

This week, try an experiment. Either rescue one item from storage or move one item from a collection and give it a spot of its own. Put it out to enjoy and see how you feel about it.

At the end of the week, ask yourself the following: Did you notice it? Did it bring you joy? If you love it and want to display it with love and intention, then go for it. If, however, you didn’t notice it or it didn’t bring you joy, perhaps it is time to let it go to someone else.

You will actually honor and respect the previous owner more by giving it new life with someone else somewhere else, instead of keeping it hidden in a box or crate.

Tuesday Tidbit – What do we collect more than can koozies?

What do we collect more than can koozies? outtaspaceorganizing.com

The top contender in many kitchens for a larger collection than can koozies (you can argue to spell this cozie) is… Yup – coffee mugs!

We are given them as gifts (okay, some are really wonderful, especially the ones kids or grandkids made), we get them as prizes, and we get them as practical jokes.

We dutifully rearrange the cupboard or drawers to accommodate all of them. Why? You tell me, but usually it is habit or even guilt.

Let’s be honest, how many are you using at one time? Depending on the number of coffee, tea, cocoa drinkers, or visitors, I’m betting six, maybe eight tops.

Here is an easy solution. Gather all of them out of the cupboard, or from around the house, and put them on the counter. You might be surprised at how many you really have. Seeing all of them should help you to quickly pick out the one or two you always grab first. Then pick a few more and donate the rest. You’ll love the space you created and you will also be more mindful when another comes into your home. Don’t be afraid to keep a new favorite, but consider letting one go.