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Tuesday, December 31, 2013

A Fun Annual Tradition for Kids




Are your kids growing like weeds before your eyes?  Do you sometimes wish you could freeze time so you can remember them the way they are now?

{Well, maybe not when they're bugging each other during their school break :)  Only 5 days until school starts... oops, did I say that out loud?!  OK, back to the post... }

You can't stop time, but you can do things every year that capture your kids at each age.  And the end of the year is a great time to do that!

Monday, December 30, 2013

Christmas Storage Inventory List {Free Printable}




Are you packing up your Christmas decorations this week?  How do you store your decorations?  If you use the red and green totes, it's hard to know what you've stored in each one until you open it up and start taking things out.  If you've got several bins, it can get pretty overwhelming figuring out where to start!

After a busy holiday season, many people say they are going to simplify things next year, but by the next holiday, they're right back in the thick of everything and get too overwhelmed.  If that sounds familiar, then right now is the perfect time to take steps toward simplifying next Christmas! 

Here's a printable inventory list to record what you're storing in each container as you pack it up this year.  I'm also including tips for storing your decorations.  These two things combined will make decorating so much simpler next year!

Friday, December 27, 2013

It's a top 10 list! Top 10 posts of 2013 :)





I'm still in Christmas mode as we've been celebrating with each of our families the last 3 days, and today is the first quiet day we'll have at home to enjoy some of our gifts (and put them away so I can get my living room and dining room back!).

But this time of year, leading up to the new year next week, always gets me thinking about the year that's ending.

2013 has been a great year on the blog!  I'm so excited when I look back on how this blog has grown this year.  That means more of you are finding and using the organizing tips I've shared, which makes me very happy. 

And I've loved making new online friends this year!  It still amazes me how close I feel to people I've met online.  Our shared need for organization is a bond that ties us closely together!

Whether you're a new follower who started during the year, or have been a loyal reader all year, you may have missed some posts or could use reminders to help you start 2014 in an organized way.  So here's a top 10 list of posts from 2013 for you.


Thursday, December 26, 2013

Organizing With My Friends!




If you are catching some mommy alone time with your computer...check out some of the awesome organization posts my organizing blogger friends have written!

Wednesday, December 25, 2013

Merry Christmas!



It's finally here!  It's Christmas!  I gotta tell ya, I'm a wee bit excited :)  Maybe as much or more than my kids.

Tuesday, December 24, 2013

Simple Christmas Gift: Chocolates!




I've been sharing a lot lately about clutter-free gifts and today I'm talking about a long-standing tradition in our family... chocolates!

These are easy to make and everyone loves them!  We give them to neighbours, friends, and family every year. 

I initially made these with my parents when I lived at home, and I've made them every year since then {which totals up to over 30 years of making these chocolates!}. 

Monday, December 23, 2013

Decluttering for a Simpler Christmas: Toys




Do you feel overwhelmed at Christmas with all the extra "stuff" in your home?

Before Christmas there are lots of holiday items taking over your home.  And after Christmas there are all the new gifts that need "homes".

One of the best ways to simplify Christmas is to declutter in the weeks leading up to it.  To help you do that, I've been doing a series of posts this month, sharing ideas to help you declutter your home for a simpler Christmas.  If you missed any of the posts there are links to all of them at the end of this post.  You can always catch up after Christmas if you want :)

Today I'm sharing tips to help you declutter toys.  It's so important to purge some of your kids' toys before the influx of new toys at Christmas.

Saturday, December 21, 2013

Christmas Packing List {Free Printable}




Are you traveling during the Christmas holidays?  Many people have family gatherings, visits with friends, or vacations while school's out.

I don't know about you, but whether I'm going somewhere just for the day or overnight or for a whole week, I seem to have a lot to pack!  Especially since we had kids.  Sometimes I feel like we're staying for a week when we're just going to someone's house for the day :)

Friday, December 20, 2013

8 Tips for Packing Gifts When Traveling



Do you bring gifts with you to other people's homes over the holidays?  Maybe it's a hostess gift.  Or a few presents for grandparents or nieces and nephews.  Or, you may bring your own family's gifts to a family member's home to open there.

On Wednesday I shared 5 Tips for Simpler Gift Wrapping, but now how do you pack those wrapped gifts so they aren't damaged or the wrapping isn't torn?  Here are some tips to help you out!

Wednesday, December 18, 2013

5 Tips for Simpler Gift Wrapping




Are you overwhelmed with all the gift wrapping you need to do this week?  Or, if you've finished wrapping, are you wondering how to store all the leftover wrapping supplies for next year? 

Today I'm sharing 5 tips to make wrapping gifts as simple as possible.  And the bonus is that this process also makes storing your wrap easy too!

Sunday, December 15, 2013

Decluttering for a Simpler Christmas: Entertainment





Do you feel overwhelmed at Christmas with all the extra "stuff" in your home?

Before Christmas there are lots of holiday items taking over your home.  And after Christmas there are all the new gifts that need "homes".

One of the best ways to simplify Christmas is to declutter in the weeks leading up to it.  To help you do that, I've been doing a series of posts this month, sharing ideas to help you declutter your home for a simpler Christmas.  Join me!

Today I'm sharing how to declutter "Entertainment" items like puzzles, games, DVD's, and CD's.  It's a loose category so you can include whatever you want to declutter this week to prepare for Christmas. 

Friday, December 13, 2013

Organizing Ideas for the Weekend: Avoiding Christmas Card Clutter




Happy Friday!  Ready for another organizing idea for your weekend?

Today I'm sharing ways to display your Christmas greeting cards.  You've probably been receiving some in the mail already, and if you're like a lot of people, you look at them and then pile them up on a table or counter somewhere, causing clutter.

Nobody needs clutter during the holidays... even Christmas clutter!  So find a creative way to show off those lovely cards and eliminate the pile at the same time.

I chose easy ideas because I know with less than two weeks to the big day you're probably not interested in adding another project to your to-do list. 

Check them out!

Wednesday, December 11, 2013

Simple Gifts: White Chocolate Candy Cane Bark




I've been sharing a lot lately about clutter-free gifts and today I'm sharing one of my favourite things to make and give... White Chocolate Candy Cane Bark!

This is so simple that even my kids helped make it last year.  It makes a great stocking stuffer, hostess gift, or neighbour treat. 

I heard about this from a colleague over 15 years ago and I've been making it ever since.  Here's how!

Monday, December 9, 2013

Decluttering for a Simpler Christmas: Clothing





Do you feel overwhelmed at Christmas with all the extra "stuff" in your home?

Before Christmas there are lots of holiday items taking over your home.  Decorations, gifts, lights, craft supplies, activities and projects for kids, holiday CD's, special baking supplies and tools, candles, Christmas cards, gift wrap, holiday dishes, and Christmas clothing.  Just to name a few!

And after Christmas there are all the new gifts cluttering up your home. Toys, books, electronics, games, clothes, and more decorations!  It can make your home feel cluttered.

One of the best ways to simplify Christmas is to declutter in the weeks leading up to Christmas.  To help you do that, I'll be doing a series of posts this month sharing ideas to help you declutter your home for a simpler Christmas.  Join me!

Today's decluttering project is to declutter clothing.  I don't know about you, but we receive a lot of clothing as Christmas gifts, plus my daughter's birthday is in October and my birthday is in December and we both tend to be given clothes for birthdays too.  So, usually around this time of year I go through all our closets and dressers to purge clothing and make room for the new items we receive.

Friday, December 6, 2013

Organizing Ideas for the Weekend: Clutter Free Christmas Gifts




Happy Friday!  Ready for another organizing idea for your weekend?

Today I'm sharing some great clutter free gift ideas.  Many of us struggle with clutter all year, but are most overwhelmed after Christmas when we need to find places for all the influx of "stuff" in our homes.  And in our consumer-driven society, we worry what messages we're sending our children.

I've been reading a lot about this lately and want to share some great insights from other bloggers on clutter-free gift giving.

Note: this post is not intended to offend those of you who love shopping and giving gifts.  It's simply something I'm learning about and wanted to share with you!  And for those of you, like me, who have already finished your shopping for this Christmas, you can keep these ideas in mind for next year.

Thursday, December 5, 2013

Takeaways From My First Organizing Conference




Have you ever felt like you met a group of "kindred spirits"?  People who shared your passion for something?  Who thought and felt the same as you?

I felt that way when I went to the Professional Organizers in Canada national conference last month.  Every conversation was with someone who loved organizing as much as I do.  Who understood the freedom of purging, and the exhilaration of seeing an organized closet or garage.

And it was as if every keynote speaker and every workshop leader was speaking directly to me.  The tools and resources they shared are ones I can apply to my organizing business and this blog {think of this post as a preview to some of the topics I'll be blogging about in the new year!}.

I know some of you have been to blogging conferences and know what I'm talking about.  Join me today while I share some of what I experienced and learned {and check out some fun pictures}!

Monday, December 2, 2013

Simple Gifts: DIY Laundry Soap




Need to do Christmas on a budget?  Want to give a clutter-free gift to people on your list?

Last Christmas I really wanted to give practical gifts to some of our family members and I needed to do it on a limited budget.  Since I started making homemade laundry detergent a few months earlier and I loved how it cleaned our clothes, I thought I'd make an extra batch at Christmas to give to some family members to try.

They'd heard me talk about it already, but they weren't sure if they'd like it enough to make it.  So it was a win-win all around!  They got the opportunity to try out DIY laundry detergent and I got to give practical, clutter-free, budget-friendly gifts.

Here's how I made it.

Decluttering for a Simpler Christmas: Holiday Decorations




Do you feel overwhelmed at Christmas with all the extra "stuff" in your home?

Before Christmas there are lots of holiday items taking over your home.  Decorations, gifts, lights, craft supplies, activities and projects for kids, holiday CD's, special baking supplies and tools, candles, Christmas cards, gift wrap, holiday dishes, and Christmas clothing.  Just to name a few!

And after Christmas there are all the new gifts cluttering up your home. Toys, books, electronics, games, clothes, and more decorations!  It can make your home feel cluttered.

One of the best ways to simplify Christmas is to declutter in the weeks leading up to Christmas.  To help you do that, I'll be doing a series of posts this month sharing ideas to help you declutter your home for a simpler Christmas.  Join me!

Sunday, December 1, 2013

December Family Goals Printable and December Blog Goals




It's December!  Time for another monthly family goals printable for you!

December is one of my favourite months of the year.  Not only because it's Christmas, but because my birthday is on the 21st!

December is typically a very busy month for most people, with extra celebrations and an ever-looming deadline for your "To-Do List".  In all the busy-ness of this month, it's extra important to set goals as a family so you can make sure you prioritize your time and energy and actually enjoy all the festivities!

Friday, November 29, 2013

Profitable Organizer's Black Friday Special Is Live!


Happy Black Friday everyone!  Hope you've already found some great bargains.  Just remember not to fill your home with "deals" that end up becoming clutter :)

OK, on to the post.  On Monday and Wednesday I shared links to Cynthia Murray's videos about why professional organizing is a great career and case studies of people who wanted to become professional organizers but weren't sure how to get started

Cynthia's 3rd video on professional organizing and her Black Friday special are now live!  

[Update: this sale is over, but you can still get free information about joining Profitable Organizer by clicking here.]




Thursday, November 28, 2013

Oops! I decorated too soon :)


For those of you who have been waiting (with bated breath I'm sure!) for the kitchen post I promised yesterday, I'm sorry, but I've decided to put the series on hold until January. 

Wednesday, November 27, 2013

Profitable Organizer's Black Friday Preview!


Stay tuned for another post today about my kitchen!  But first, today I'm posting separately again about another great organizing video.

On Monday I shared a link to Cynthia Murray's video about why professional organizing is a great career and I mentioned that Profitable Organizer is having a Black Friday sale in a couple of days.




Today, Cynthia released her 2nd video on professional organizing. [Update: This special is over and the videos are no longer available, but you can get free information and other videos from Profitable Organizer by clicking here]

Tuesday, November 26, 2013

An Advent "Calendar" of Christmas Books



Do you have Christmas books that your children enjoy reading at Christmas?  Do you sometimes run out of time to read them and pack them away for the following year unread?  Do your kids enjoy opening presents?  {OK, silly question!}

We have lots of Christmas books that my kids enjoy reading together, but sometimes those books get overshadowed by all the other activities at Christmas.  I always felt sad packing away the unread ones, but I never want to give them away because I'm determined to make sure that "next Christmas we'll make time to read them!"

I knew I needed to organize a way to ensure that we actually made that time.  Here's what I did last year to solve this problem and we enjoyed every single one of our Christmas books!

Monday, November 25, 2013

Dishes and Glasses Cupboard Organizing Tips



This month I'm organizing my kitchen and as I do I'm sharing tips to help you organize your kitchen.  Today I'm sharing tips for organizing dishes and glasses in your kitchen cupboards. 

Want to Get Paid To Organize?


I'll be publishing a post in a little while about my kitchen cupboards, but first I want to let you know about a brand new organizing video.


If you read my post last week, Everything You Wanted To Know About Being a Professional Organizer, you'll remember that one of my recommended resources was Profitable Organizer.

Well, it turns out, they're releasing a series of videos this week, all leading up to a great Black Friday special!


Friday, November 22, 2013

Organizing Ideas for the Weekend: Planning for Christmas




Happy Friday!  Ready for another organizing idea for your weekend?

Christmas is just over a month away!  Does that make you excited or stressed?  Maybe a bit of both.  Most of us want to be able to enjoy ourselves during this special season.  But we often have so many tasks on our to-do list and so many events on our calendars that we end up being overwhelmed and tired throughout the month.

In order to experience more peace and joy, it's important to plan ahead and simplify as much as possible.  I'll be sharing lots of ideas in the next few weeks about this, and I'm going to kick things off today by sharing some Christmas planners and printables to help you get organized.

Thursday, November 21, 2013

Everything You Wanted to Know About Being a Professional Organizer




Have you ever wondered what a professional organizer is?  Or what a professional organizer does?  Have you ever thought about becoming a professional organizer but weren't sure how?  Have you wondered if a professional organizer can help you deal with the clutter and disorganization in your home?

Then read on, because today's post will answer all those questions!

Tuesday, November 19, 2013

Christmas Gifts in a Jar




Do you have some "hard-to-buy-for" people on your Christmas list?  Are you looking for gift ideas that don't create clutter for the recipient?

One of my most popular posts year round is Gifts in a Jar.  In that post I showed how our kids make jar gifts for their teachers.  Their teachers love receiving these jars because they are unique and clutter free!

Today, I want to show you the Christmas jars we made last year.  Hopefully it will help you fill in a few ideas on your Christmas gift list!

Monday, November 18, 2013

Organizing Baking Ingredients and Party Supplies



This month I'm organizing my kitchen and as I do I'm sharing tips to help you organize your kitchen.  I've been focusing on organizing kitchen drawers so far in this series, but now I'm switching gears and looking at organizing kitchen cupboards.  Today I'm showing you how to organize baking ingredients and party supplies. 

Friday, November 15, 2013

Organizing Ideas For The Weekend: Organizing Kitchen Drawers




Happy Friday!  Ready for another organizing idea for your weekend?

Since I've been organizing my kitchen drawers and sharing tips to help you organize yours, I thought I'd share some more pictures and ideas for how to organize kitchen drawers.

Thursday, November 14, 2013

Tips for Organizing Deep Kitchen Drawers




This month I'm organizing my kitchen and as I do I'm sharing tips to help you organize your kitchen.  Today I'm showing you how to organize pots and pans and utilize the space in deep drawers. 

Wednesday, November 13, 2013

Organize Stuffed Animals On the Back of a Door!


Do your kids have stuffed animals all over their beds, dressers, bookshelves, or, let's be honest here, their floors?  I'm convinced those creatures make babies during the night.  And asking kids to part with them is like tearing out their limbs! 


Yesterday I shared pictures from my visit to The Container Store (A.K.A. A Little Piece of Organizing Heaven).  Today I want to show you what I bought there (that could fit in my suitcase and within my budget!) and how it has helped keep my kids' stuffed animals and other toys organized. 

Tuesday, November 12, 2013

A Little Piece of Organizing Heaven!


For all my American readers who frequently shop at the Container Store, you can probably relate to my excitement in this post.  For all the rest of you, today I want to share with you what I like to call "a little piece of organizing heaven"!



{This is not a sponsored post... I just had a really fun time here and want to share it with you :) }

Sunday, November 10, 2013

Everything Organized Pinterest Board




Are you on Pinterest?  Do you love finding great organizing ideas and re-pinning them?  Then today is your lucky day!  Even if you're not on Pinterest, keep reading because you'll be able to enjoy this too!

Thursday, November 7, 2013

Tips for Organizing Kitchen Drawers


This month I'm going to be organizing my kitchen and as I do I will share tips to help you organize your kitchen.  Today I'm going to kick things off by showing you how I organize my utensil drawer and my junk drawer. 

Tuesday, November 5, 2013

Blog Updates Tour Day 2




Yesterday I told you about some changes I made to the look of the blog and took you on a tour of the updated menu bar on the blog.  My goal is to make the blog feel less cluttered and to make it easier for you to find the organizing tips you need.

Today I'm taking you on a tour of my updated sidebar.  Hop on board and check it out :)

Monday, November 4, 2013

I've Made Some Changes On This Blog!




You may have noticed over the last little while that I've been slowly making some changes to the layout and design of this blog.  If not, that's OK... you were probably focused on all the decluttering you were doing last month right?!

If you're a recent follower, first of all, WELCOME!  Second, I apologize if you thought I was changing things every day.  I don't usually don't do that.  In fact, I set up most of the design and layout initially on this blog when I started it a year and a half ago, and I haven't really changed it much since.  Until recently.

I really wanted to make my blog easier for you to navigate.  I wanted you to be able easily find what you were looking for.  Or even to find things you didn't know you were looking for, but that you actually needed to see :)  So I made some changes to help you out. 

Stick around the next few days while I take you on a tour!  I know your time is precious and limited so I'll show you how you can get the most out of the time you spend on this blog so you can find all the organizing tips you need!

Friday, November 1, 2013

Thursday, October 31, 2013

Day 31: Maintaining a Clutter Free Home {31 Days of Easy Decluttering}




Welcome back to 31 Days of Easy Decluttering!  If you've missed any of the previous posts, there are links to all of them at the end of this post or in the tab at the top of the page.

Wrapping Up The Series Today!


No new decluttering projects today :)  You can use today as a catch-up day if you missed any throughout the month.  Or you can relax and enjoy yourself as a reward for all your hard work!

What I will share today are some tips to help you continue on your decluttering journey and to maintain the less cluttered state you've achieved this month.  Plus, I'll share YOUR pictures and showcase your decluttering efforts!

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Wednesday, October 30, 2013

Day 30: Cookware {31 Days of Easy Decluttering}




Welcome back to 31 Days of Easy Decluttering!  If you've missed any of the previous posts, there are links to all of them at the end of this post or in the tab at the top of the page.

Today's Easy Decluttering Project


Today we're talking about decluttering your cookware.  Pots, pans, and casserole dishes.  Everything you use to cook with.

If you enjoy cooking and you use most of the items in your kitchen, then you may not need to purge very many items.  Take a good look though, because you probably have some favourites that you use most of the time, leaving some pieces unused.

Chances are you received a cookware set as a wedding gift, but you don't use everything in the set.  Or you've added bits and pieces through the years and don't use some of your older cookware.

Why hang onto all those dishes you aren't using?  They're taking up prime real estate in your kitchen!  Use that space for things you use all the time and declutter the items you don't use.


Tuesday, October 29, 2013

Day 29: Desk Drawers {31 Days of Easy Decluttering}




Welcome back to 31 Days of Easy Decluttering!  If you've missed any of the previous posts, there are links to all of them at the end of this post or in the tab at the top of the page.

Today's Easy Decluttering Project


Today we're talking about decluttering your desk drawers.  If you don't have a desk, then you can declutter whatever drawer or cabinet that you keep your office supplies or files in.

Desk drawers are helpful for keeping clutter off desk surfaces, which helps the overall room feel less cluttered.  But without a good organizational system in place, desk drawers can become dumping grounds.  Then they become chaotic and you can't find what you're looking for, which wastes time (and money if you end up buying more of something that you already have).


Let's stop the frustration, and declutter a desk drawer today!  I recommend choosing the one that frustrates you the most :)


Monday, October 28, 2013

Day 28: Coats & Jackets {31 Days of Easy Decluttering}




Welcome back to 31 Days of Easy Decluttering!  If you've missed any of the previous posts, there are links to all of them at the end of this post or in the tab at the top of the page.

Today's Easy Decluttering Project


Today we're talking about decluttering your coats and jackets.  Whether you have a hall closet, coat rack, or mud room, coats and jackets can take over and make the space cluttered.

If you can't get the jacket you want out of the closet because the hangers are so squished, it's frustrating.  When you come home, the last thing you want to do is fight to get your coat to stay on a hook that's already overflowing with coats, so when it falls on the floor for the 17th time, you just leave it there, adding to the clutter of your entryway.

So, instead of dealing with the coat clutter every day, spend 10-15 minutes decluttering your coats and jackets today and enjoy coming and going from your house more!


Sunday, October 27, 2013

Day 27: T-Shirts {31 Days of Easy Decluttering}




Welcome back to 31 Days of Easy Decluttering!  If you've missed any of the previous posts, there are links to all of them at the end of this post or in the tab at the top of the page.

Today's Easy Decluttering Project


Today we're talking about decluttering your t-shirts.  Or whatever other clothes you haven't decluttered yet.  We've already discussed how to declutter your sock drawer, hanging clothes, and underwear drawer, so for most people the only clothes left are t-shirts, and maybe jeans or workout clothes.  I'll focus on t-shirts, but you can apply the same principles to decluttering any other clothes.

T-shirt drawers often get cluttered because we like to hang onto them.  They're comfortable.  We feel relaxed when we wear them and they hold positive memories.  People don't tend to outgrow t-shirts either. So we just keep accumulating t-shirts. 

But, most people only wear a few of their t-shirts.  We wear our favourites, wash them, and then put them back on top of the pile.  How often do you wear the t-shirts on the bottom of your piles? 

Today, take a good, honest look at your t-shirts and declutter them so you're not facing a toppling pile in your closet or an overstuffed drawer in your dresser.


Saturday, October 26, 2013

Day 26: Email Inbox {31 Days of Easy Decluttering}




Welcome back to 31 Days of Easy Decluttering!  If you've missed any of the previous posts, there are links to all of them at the end of this post or in the tab at the top of the page.

Today's Easy Decluttering Project


Today we're talking about decluttering your email inbox.  It's not physical clutter, but it can be just as overwhelming.  When your inbox is overflowing, you can miss important deadlines or waste time re-reading emails before following up with them. 

Now, I'm not expecting you to declutter your inbox in 10-15 minutes.  If you've got hundreds or thousands of emails to process, it will take time.  But doing 10-15 minutes every day will add up to a couple of hours a week.  Over time you'll have that inbox back to a manageable number!

Friday, October 25, 2013

Day 25: Small Appliances {31 Days of Easy Decluttering}




Welcome back to 31 Days of Easy Decluttering!  If you've missed any of the previous posts, there are links to all of them at the end of this post or in the tab at the top of the page.

Today's Easy Decluttering Project


Today we're talking about decluttering small appliances.  Do you have cupboards full of appliances you rarely use?  Or maybe even never use?  Maybe they are things you think you should use, but in real life you don't actually use them. 

These small appliances take up valuable space in our kitchens and contribute to the overwhelming feeling of a cluttered home.  If you remove some of the appliances from your kitchen, you could spread out some other items and end up feeling less cluttered when you open your cabinets.  You could even move things off your counters and into cabinets so there's less visual clutter when you walk into the kitchen.

If less clutter sounds good to you, consider which of your small appliances you can declutter today!

Thursday, October 24, 2013

Day 24: Laundry Room {31 Days of Easy Decluttering}




Welcome back to 31 Days of Easy Decluttering!  If you've missed any of the previous posts, there are links to all of them at the end of this post or in the tab at the top of the page.

Today's Easy Decluttering Project


Today we're talking about decluttering the laundry room.  I don't mean putting away any clean clothes or washing any dirty clothes that may be there.  {Of course, if you want to do those things you can.}  But I mean dealing with all the other things that clutter up your laundry room.

It's hard enough for most of us to be motivated to spend time in the laundry room but when it's cluttered it makes it even more overwhelming. 

Laundry rooms may be in a corner of the basement and end up doubling as a storage area for things you don't use often.  Or they may be in a closet off your kitchen and wind up being a place to keep overflow kitchen items like paper towels or cases of water.  Or they may be near your garage / entry area and become a dumping ground for items that are coming and going from your home.

Wherever your laundry area is, it likely has clutter.  So let's tackle that clutter today and help make laundry a less overwhelming task!

Wednesday, October 23, 2013

Day 23: Bathroom Counters {31 Days of Easy Decluttering}




Welcome back to 31 Days of Easy Decluttering!  If you've missed any of the previous posts, there are links to all of them at the end of this post or in the tab at the top of the page.

Today's Easy Decluttering Project


Today we're talking about decluttering bathroom counters.  In many homes, bathroom counters become a "dumping zone" for all kinds of clutter.  Toothbrushing items, hair care products and tools, make-up, towels, bath toys, and magazines/books have probably found their way onto your bathroom counters. And if you're sharing a bathroom with several family members, the clutter is multiplied.

How do you feel when you walk into a bathroom with cluttered counters?  It happens several times a day.  It's one of the first things you see in the morning and one of the last things you see before you go to bed at night.  It becomes overwhelming.

On the other hand, how do you feel when you walk into a hotel or resort bathroom?  With very few items on the counters, there's no tension or anxiety.  It's relaxing!  And, as a bonus, it's easier to clean a bathroom when the counter is clutter free :)

So, choose a bathroom and declutter those counters today!

Tuesday, October 22, 2013

Day 22: Mugs {31 Days of Easy Decluttering}




Welcome back to 31 Days of Easy Decluttering!  If you've missed any of the previous posts, there are links to all of them at the end of this post or in the tab at the top of the page.

Today's Easy Decluttering Project


Today we're talking about decluttering mugs.  Do you have significantly more mugs than people in your family who use them?

I don't have stats on this or anything, but from experience, most people have say 20-30 mugs and often only 2-3 people in the family who use them.  Now, most people run their dishwasher daily, but even if they only wash dishes every 2 or 3 days, that's a lot of extra mugs!

And I've never seen an empty or even nearly empty mug shelf or cupboard.  That means there are mugs that are not needed or used.  I'd venture to say even some that are not loved.  Using the definition of clutter we've been using this month, that's mug clutter.

The worst thing about mugs is that, unlike plastic cups, they usually don't stack, so they take up a LOT of shelf space. 

Think about what else you could use all that space for instead of mugs!  So let's cut the mug clutter today!

Monday, October 21, 2013

Day 21: Fridge {31 Days of Easy Decluttering}




Welcome back to 31 Days of Easy Decluttering!  If you've missed any of the previous posts, there are links to all of them at the end of this post or in the tab at the top of the page.

Today's Easy Decluttering Project


Today we're talking about decluttering the fridge.  You may not think about the contents of your fridge as clutter, but remember the definition of clutter?  Anything you don't need, use, love, or have the space to store.

Chances are, you've got some things in your fridge you don't need, use, or love.  And if you're frustrated trying to find the mayo because it's hidden behind leftovers, you may not have the space to store everything in your fridge either.

Instead of being annoyed or frustrated every time you open your fridge, spend 10-15 minutes today getting rid of your food clutter and then enjoy the feeling of being able to find what you want!