People tend to overcomplicate getting organized. They think that the more organizing products they have the better the results. I think these ‘magic’ products are just more stuff, and more stuff is not something most people need.
It doesn’t matter whether or not you wear shoes in the house, they’re still coming in along with all the lovely things that have been picked up from the street. And you don’t want that in your home and/or closet… Your choice; spend $3 at your local hardware store, $100 for a custom one, or any amount in between. It’s a no brainer, seriously – if you don’t have one, get one now!!
A fun side effect of being neat and organized is being called a neat freak and obsessive compulsive. It used to annoy me (just a little) but the truth is I just prefer having my things work for me, not the other way around.
I love using things clients already have to finish a project. Not only do they appreciate the cost savings but it helps them to see and appreciate their things in a new way. I used a few left over stationary boxes for the drawers above. The client loves the little burst of color and the fact that it’s done without having to buy any new ‘organizing tools’.
I did this last year but thought I’d share this money saver with you now…
I was sick of my spring/summer wardrobe and eager to go out and buy all new things. Lacking the funds to do so, I went through everything piece by piece, trying on what I hadn’t been wearing. It seemed the problem wasn’t that I didn’t like my clothes it’s that I didn’t like the way many things fit. To the tailor I went. Much cheaper, quicker, and less stressful than going out and buying all new things.
I always laugh when I see articles and blog posts about dealing with your mail; buying special mail sorters, have a recycling bin near the door… bla bla bla…The real solution as with most things in life is to simplify. The less mail you have, the less time you have to spend dealing with it.
Collect your junk mail for about a week to see where your mail is coming from so you can stop it for good:
- Stop pre-approved credit card offers at OptOutPreScreen.com. BUT this doesn’t stop offers from banks you have accounts with, you need to call them directly
- For unwanted catalogs, all the info you need is usually on the back page; customer service phone number, account number (if you have one) and/or source code. After calling, you can also go to CatalogChoice.org to further stop them
- Switch to paperless billing for all your accounts; credit cards, banks, electric, gas, phone…
- Stop most other junk mail at DMAchoice.org.
Before becoming a professional organizer, I had a job I didn’t exactly love. One nice thing was the walk to the office which unfortunately turned into a moaning session about anything I happened to be upset about at the time (like having a job I didn’t love), until one day I told myself to shut up and name 10 things I was grateful for. It was not something I had ever really done and it starting out a bit superficial, like “I’m grateful it’s not raining”, but soon became my morning ritual, and now is used whenever I find myself needing a little perspective.
My lease is up soon and although I like my apartment, I don’t like the building so I’m looking for a new place. Before leaving I figured I’d show you a few details of the space you may not have seen already. The first is the cabinet under my kitchen sink where I keep all my cleaning supplies including my vacuum and trash. (click on bolded text for links).
The truth is, most of your clothes don’t need to be washed that often. Gym clothes sure, but something you wore for a couple of hours sitting at work, or running around town in really just needs to be aired out.