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Tuesday Tidbit – “Celebrate” National Headache Awareness

It’s true; your headache has an awareness week! Often a headache is added to by clutter. Read on to find lots of practical tips to keep clutter at bay…and it just might help your headache.

Clutter Awareness

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The word “clutter” derives from the Middle English word “clotter,” which means coagulate. Think stagnant, accumulated… stuck! When clutter invades our homes and offices, it can make us disorganized. We lose things, forget to pay bills, procrastinate, and waste time. So stop contemplating your clutter and dedicate some time to conquering it!

  • Define “clutter.” Clutter is anything unnecessary and extraneous. It can be more than the physical clutter most of us think of. Getting organized means clearing out the clutter in your mind, heart, and life.
  • Start the process of decluttering. Start small. Divide your desk or room into sections. Pick one section (like one drawer or cupboard) and begin decluttering. Try to touch things only once while going through this process — quickly make a decision to keep or toss!
  • Ask yourself if you consider each item beautiful, useful, or loved. If not, you can probably get rid of it! If you’re still not sure if you should get rid of an item, ask yourself, “What’s the worst thing that could happen if I toss this?” The answer may help give you the power to discard the clutter.
  • To stop clutter, prevent it from accumulating in the first place. Don’t give clutter a chance to form. As you’ve probably experienced, once clutter occupies a space, it has a way of multiplying. Always remember to place your emphasis on quality over quantity. In other words, it’s not important to have a lot of things, many of which you never use. It’s more beneficial to have fewer things, all of which you use and/or enjoy.
  • Think before you buy. Try to look beyond the initial “thrill of the purchase” and see what provides deeper moments of meaning. Once you rid yourself of clutter and make space only for what’s special, you’ll find it’s easier to get — and stay — organized!

Tuesday Tidbit – How to Celebrate NO Dirty Dishes Day

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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 – May is Moving Month!

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If you’re selling your house, consider “staging” it to sell it more quickly, and typically at a better price. This process of neutralizing and decluttering allows potential buyers to picture their belongings in the rooms instead of being distracted by stuff and clutter.

Staging also starts the “letting go” process for you as the seller, as you create a more neutral-looking home. I can help you with this “letting go” process. Schedule your Cut Out Clutter strategy call today by clicking here.

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?

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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.