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Posted: 12/28/2012 12:55:00 PM
Anybody else already thinking about starting fresh for the new year? I thought we could gather all our organizing and tips here.

My goal for the next year is to start using my electronics to house my lists (I have lists all over) and get them working for me. Anybody have any advice on how to convert from paper lists (multiple!) to electronic? I always have my phone with me, but the first thing I reach for when I need to remember something is a pen!

Another thing I want to start next year is a place for everything and everything in its place. I think that might help with my clutter!

EDIT: Post your pinterest organization boards also! I would, but I'm at work and don't have access!

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Posted: 12/28/2012 12:59:01 PM
for me it's purge purge purge

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Posted: 12/28/2012 1:01:17 PM
Funny how the new year always seems to bring obsessive organizing with it LOL.

I do have a great note app for androids. They don't have it for iPhones. Color Note . You can have multiple notes, different colors, calendar reminders, widgets to particular notes on your home screen, cross off as you go, just so many things, and so easy to use.

My main projects will be to weed out and organize better my Christmas decorations as I put them away, and my big freezer. I need to find some kind of baskets or shelf doublers or something to make it easier to get at things.







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Posted: 12/28/2012 1:20:21 PM
I'm on a year-round quest to become more organized. New year = Fresh start so it is a chance to start over.

The very BEST electronic thing I have found for making lists is a website a pea previously posted about called www.workflowy.com

It is the best list maker I have seen. So easily customized!

I have tons of stuff to go through and purge ... Just needs to be done!

Best wishes to all in the new year!

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Posted: 12/28/2012 1:38:42 PM
I am a new iPhone owner, so things need to be simple for me! On my DD's recommendation I bought the 'everything' app,and it seems to work really well for me so far. You can start multiple lists, and either remove things as you do them,or keep the list intact for next time.


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Posted: 12/28/2012 2:52:57 PM
bump? Anybody want to add any organization tips?

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Posted: 12/28/2012 3:01:22 PM
I have tons of tips to share - but will start with a few:

1. Routines - I personally do not have set "time" routines but I do have things that I do every morning, evening and certain days. I will be happy to share them with you.

2. I am not a techie person as I prefer to write everything down. I have my home planner and then binders for various things - like an ICE (in case of emergency), spiritual, kitchen, warranty, etc. I will share those as well if anyone wants.

3, Remember to start with a master list. I start at the front door and go from top to bottom and left to right like I was reading a book. I list everything that I want to do and it is broken down by room. Then I decide what is an "A", "B" or "C" priority and I usually have one "A" and 2 "B's" on my list for the next week.

4. Also remember that the house did not get this way overnight nor will it get organized overnight. You need to have the frame of mind that you are willing to work at keeping everything in their assigned home. Also your family needs to be on board as well.

5. Purge and toss while you are organizing. Ask yourself some simple questions - do I love it, do I use it, How often. etc.

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Posted: 12/28/2012 3:49:16 PM
I spent the past year taking control of my upright deep freezer. I was so tired of not being able to find something I KNEW was in there, of finding things way past their prime, and of not being able to effectively menu plan because I didn't know what I had in the freezer.

Dynalady,
I used shipping boxes from Amazon to organize my freezer. I know they won't last forever, but they were free and they gave me the flexibility to move things around until I decided just how I wanted things. I just cut the wings off and cut the front down enough I can take things out without having to take the whole box out.

First I purged the freezer. This was so depressing! Seeing all that food/money going in the trash just made me sick.
Next, I sorted what was left and started an inventory and a map of what was going where. I put my labelled boxes in place so I would know where to put things when I bought or made them.
Finally, I started reloading the freezer. I decided to freeze things flat, then stand them on end in the boxes, so the packages look like files.

I tracked how much I use of what item during a 3 month period and it try to keep only that amount in the freezer. For instance, we eat a lot of chicken breasts, and they go on sale about every 6 weeks. My chicken breast box will hold 18 packs of 3 breasts each. When I see chicken on sale for what I know is a good price, I buy only enough to bring my inventory up to 18.

Since I implemented this, we have way less food waste and my family can now retrieve things from the freezer without being in danger of getting lost.

My big goal this year is to empty my attic, garage, and basement of things I don't want to take with me to our next home. I want to empty out all the crowded little nooks and crannies, and only keep those items that mean enough to me that I want to display them. We will be empty nesters in the fall, and we are planning to sell this house in 4 years or so, and I want to enjoy my final years here without seeing clutter everywhere I look.

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Posted: 12/28/2012 3:58:08 PM
Wow! halebop those are great! I can't wait to hear more.

My non-technical tip - all those reward cards that I have: from kroger, library, best buy, panera, etc. I punched a hole in each one and put them on a separate key ring. No more putting each one in my wallet.

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Posted: 12/28/2012 3:59:55 PM
My big goal for the new year is to reduce! I not only want to reduce my weight, but I want to reduce the clutter in my house.


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Posted: 12/28/2012 4:11:06 PM
I started purging in the fall. I have made something like 5 trips to the Goodwill to drop things off and have given away a bunch of things to people I know who needed them. I would hate to leave this mess for someone else to take care of.

I try to organize a room or an area at a time. If I haven't used it in a year or I don't love it, it's going. I have been moving things around to better locations. Like keeping the cleaning supplies in the bathroom.

I put low baskets in my pantry to keep like foods together. That makes it easy to pull out what I don't need to find what I do need.

I am currently in the process of thinning out my Christmas decorations. I am only keeping the things I love. The kids' ornaments are going in special boxes for them. Then when they get their own trees, they can just take the boxes with them.

In the garage, I put up a bunch of shelves so I could organize using the wall space as well as the floor space. I have a number of power tools that take up a lot of room which is why I don't have room to keep all the other things down. The less I use it, the higher up the shelving it goes.

I put a peg board behind my workbench to organize my hand tools. Tools I use all the time go on the peg board. Those I don't go in the toolbox.


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Posted: 12/28/2012 4:15:35 PM
The best thing I ever did in my effort to become more organized was to recruit a group of friends and we did something called 40 bags in 40 days. My friends kept me accountable. The 40 days gave me a reasonable time frame to commit to it. The 40 bags? I listed 40 hot spots, very specific areas that I not only purged, but also created a better system of organization. I got rid of trash, sold stuff on Craig's list or eBay, I donated a ton, and recycled stuff (e waste). Best investment of 40 days ever!
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Posted: 12/28/2012 4:26:46 PM
I thought I'd mention a great blog . She did a 14 week series on home organization. The garage was something I had put off, but the post she did on organizing the garage was enough to inspire me. Now I can leave my garage door open and be proud.

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Posted: 12/28/2012 4:42:34 PM
For me it is to purge purge and organize
























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Posted: 12/28/2012 5:31:44 PM

I need to find some kind of baskets or shelf doublers or something to make it easier to get at things.


I just cleaned our freezer a few weeks back and found these at our local Walmart. I got the taller ones and am so happy!

I have the baskets organized by: seafood (took several baskets); poultry; beef; veggies; etc. I feel like I know what's in there now and not re-buying things I already have.




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Posted: 12/28/2012 5:38:26 PM
I am taking a lot from here : WookieMouse Organization Challenge

And I figure if I fail, I can have her come over and help me!

She does more than just scrapbook stuff! Love her.


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Posted: 12/28/2012 6:09:38 PM
Here's my Organization board on Pinterest. Organization


I like to start in one room and make four piles as I organize (trash, keep in room, donate, belongs in another room.) The key is to work finish organizing that room before you go to the next room.

I always tell my girls, "everything has a place, and everything needs to be put back in it's place." That way you always know where your stuff is and you spend less time searching for it too. Being organized is a time saver!

I went through my youngest dd's closet today gathering clothes that she has outgrown. I need to go through her dresser too. Then maybe have her help me go through some of her toys.

The next area that needs to be sorted through is the game closet.


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Posted: 12/28/2012 6:11:49 PM
There is a facebook group of Peas - Organizing Peas - that was started around this time last year. It's all Peas. You need to request an invite and mention that you are a pea. There are lots of great challenges, tips and support

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Posted: 12/29/2012 6:48:20 AM
I am a moderator over at get organized now - Maria is awesome as are her products (no I do not get anything for promoting here) I have been an (currently inactive) professional organizer since 2002 when I joined her site.

One thing that she does is a monthly checklist of things to remind you to do. Some pertain to me and some do not. On those days I do something else. We do not winterize here in Florida so things like that are not important to me.

Here is the link to the checklist - I print one out so I can put it in my household binder in the calendar section to remind me to check it.

I will be back with more organizing ideas and plan to start a thread similar to Wookie's but for the entire house.

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Posted: 12/29/2012 7:35:19 AM

I used shipping boxes from Amazon to organize my freezer.

What a good idea! I'm pretty darned organized, but the freezer just seems to be one of those places that gets haphazard again quickly. This idea might prevent that!








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Posted: 12/29/2012 7:59:44 AM
Boxes in the freezer = brilliant!

My goal is to Declutter and get rid of what we don't love or need. If I don't have it - I don't need to organize it.



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Posted: 12/29/2012 9:58:02 AM
I LOVE workflowy. I get so much more done when I always have my lists.

As for organization set aside 5-15 minutes a day and start small. Organize one drawer, a couple of shelves, etc at a time. If you're motivated, keep going.

Start with the LEAST messy area. It's not so intimidating and getting it organized is very motivating.

Go to the dollar store and buy shoe boxes. TONS of stuff can be organized in shoe boxes. LABEL, LABEL, LABEL. Packing tape and a piece of paper are all you need to label or you can get a label maker. Don't be intimidated by all the fancy labeling you see on Pinterest and the web.

I use workflowy to make lists of where stuff is stored so I know where to find it.

If you can afford it, buy a scanner. It was a total lifesaver for me in taming the paper clutter. Sort the mail as you walk inside, stop at the recycling bin on the way in and toss. Have a basket where you dump the mail and dump it IN the basket, not on the counter. If the basket is full, take 30 minutes to deal with the mail right then. Keep a checkbook (or be near a computer if you do online banking), pen, stamps etc and as you open the envelope, take care of it, scan it to keep then shred or file right away.

PURGE, purge, purge. Easier said then done for some. I personally find it hard to throw away anything with perceived value but I found that donating it to a church charity, where I know someone will get more use from it, is something I can do so a lot of our stuff goes there. I also give away a lot of stuff on freecycle and if I can, I sell it on Craigslist, Amazon or eBay.

A pp mentioned making lists of what needs to be done. I tried it and cried. It seemed so overwhelming. So I hid the lists and worked on a little at a time but I did it EVERY day. After months, I got those lists out again and it was amazing to see what I had accomplished without the pressure of seeing everything all at once. Now I make lists but only for the current area I am working on/in.


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Posted: 12/29/2012 10:35:07 AM
For those who have trouble purging I have a technique I've used for years that works for me.

As I go through a room I have an extra box. Anything I know should go but just can't do it now goes in that box, the box gets sealed, dated and put in the attic. If it's still unopened a year later when I do the next purge it goes out, unopened. Granted, having an attic to store it in helps with this method, but it can be adapted.

As for deeper cleaning I rotate rooms. In addition to regular maintenance I concentrate on one room a month.

For instance, Jan. is the attic. I'm up there putting away Christmas stuff and cleaning up the wrapping area anyway so I do that.

Feb. is bathrooms. Empty the vanities, medicine cabinets, linen closet, clean and purge them, wash walls, etc. It might sound like a lot, but its a whole month. An already purged long ago medicine cabinet can be emptied, cleaned and put back in less than a 1/2 hr.

Mar. will be laundry room and workout/store room.

And so on. I just keep making the rounds each month.







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Posted: 12/29/2012 11:06:54 AM
My biggest organization tip - the one I use the most, is to do it as you see it. If I walk in to a room to do something I also scan and look to see if that is it, and if I see something else that can be dealt with, instead of thinking "oh I need to do that today," I do it right then, wherever possible. Same with when someone gives me a gift I don't need or incoming mail that is junk. I deal with it. I'm not perfect with this - for example, my dishes need to be done and I'm choosing to Pea instead, but I do it regularly enough that my house is under control and never ever grossly messy.

I don't have a catch-all drawer. I have a drawer for miscellaneous things, like my camera cord and address book but I always make sure it is up to date - If I see something I no longer use, out it goes.

I'm always asking myself "Do I really need this?" or "Can this be better organized"




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Posted: 12/29/2012 11:20:06 AM
My biggest organizational tip is to resist the urge to buy more storage totes a.k.a. clutter coffins. Sentimental and seasonal items aside if it's not being use regularly it doesn't need to be kept in a storage tote indefinitely.

Around here we consider excessive storage totes - no matter how neatly stacked and labeled - to be a more organized form of hoarding.



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Posted: 12/29/2012 11:24:02 AM
We just moved & the word really is "purge"!!!

I have purged everything out of our lives that wasn't used frequently, holiday storage or some of the kids childhood things.

The kids purged their rooms completely when we packed to move & it was so nice to move into fresh new rooms with no excess. I used my big armoire in the family room, strictly for all our games now.

It is amazing having a house, that has nothing to purge & nothing "stored" anywhere in closets or drawers etc.

The current project, is cleaning out the storage unit we had. We've been bringing some of our things to the house gradually & throwing out what we don't want, before it even comes back to the house. We've only got about a week & a half to finish that project.




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Posted: 12/29/2012 11:32:18 AM

My biggest organizational tip is to resist the urge to buy more storage totes a.k.a. clutter coffins. Sentimental and seasonal items aside if it's not being use regularly it doesn't need to be kept in a storage tote indefinitely.

Around here we consider excessive storage totes - no matter how neatly stacked and labeled - to be a more organized form of hoarding.
This.




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Posted: 12/29/2012 11:32:51 AM
I am 7.5 months pregnant, and will probably go early, AND I just got off 2 months bed rest. So I am READY and rarin' to go for organizing. I am in major nesting mode.

I just redid our hall closet. We purged and consolidated our 2 game shelves down to one, leaving room for a new craft & sensory play shelf for the kidlet(s). Then sheets on one shelf (going to try to fold those silly sheets FLAT and store in pillowcases, towels on another (I saw a tip on pinterest or here to roll the towels to take up less room, so we did that.) then rugs and rags and extra curtain stuff on the floor. It already looks so nice and I've only sorted it. Only 2 shelves are actually prettied up so far.

Next is my pantry and kitchen cabinets. I'm revamping my system, I hope I like it. I've made the lists and maps, just have to do it.

Then the kids' rooms...ooof. Not quite ready to tackle hat yet. I need better toy storage and rotation for Bubby, and we need somewhere for Sissy's stuff even though she won't be moving into her room until August at the earliest...


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Posted: 12/29/2012 5:40:59 PM
These are some really great tips! I hAven't any to share, but justnwanted to say that you all have motivatded me. So off I go to get a little more accomplished before bedtime!




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Posted: 12/29/2012 7:15:37 PM
Other than purging (and, as someone who does mixed media art, that is REALLY hard for me) My biggest tip is one I picked up from a book NOT about organizing called The Happiness Project. If it takes under one minute, do it, and do it now. When I first read that, I put up post-it notes in practically every room that said, "Is it going to take under a minute?" I ended up needing to do a LOT less picking up after awhile, because I could do a lot of things in under a minute. Sort the mail as it comes in and immediately shred or recycle the junk. Put newspapers in the recycle bin as we finish reading them. We even set a timer for the kids to pick up their stuff in under a minute.

I also will turn on my ipod when the kids and I need a break, and we'll go from room to room and clean up each room for the entirety of one song. When the song is over, it's on to the next room. It breaks up the monotony and we don't focus on finishing, we just focus on getting the room less messy than it was when we started. We drag a couple of laundry baskets with us so that things that belong in a different room can go in those and get transported to the appropriate room while we're cleaning up.

We also sent out an email to anyone who gets our kids gifts for birthdays or Christmas and asked that they limit it to one gift and put any extra they feel like spending into a savings bond, or preferably, plan a "date" with each child for an "experience gift." The less that comes in, the less we have to worry about putting away or purging. It seems like our kids play with the same four or five toys, and they'd really rather go to the zoo with their uncle or the circus with their grandfather.

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Posted: 12/29/2012 7:20:36 PM
My issue this year has been purging. I cancelled several magazine subscriptions and have a stack of magazines I don't know what to do with (they are in pristine condition and I hate to throw them out) Do you all think my MD's office would like them?

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Posted: 12/29/2012 11:41:43 PM
DH and I have been discussing how to get ready for our planned downsizing when DD graduates from college in 4 years. It may seem silly to start this so early, but I want to have a good idea of how much space we will actually need in our new house and I don't want to be dusting and cleaning things that I am just going to throw away anyway. If I start now, DD is still home and she can bring things down from the attic a bit at a time. The attic has to be done in the winter as its way too hot to go up there in the summer.

A friend of mine has decided to commit to having a charity truck come by her house once a week ( not the same charity every week.) she has invited me and a couple of other friends to drop stuff off at her garage for the trucks. Her caveat is that she can go thru whatever we drop off and offer it to someone she knows who might have a need for it. To me, this is a big win-win deal: I get rid of clutter, and she gets to help out people she knows. I know I will be more likely to keep clearing things out if I get to visit my friend weekly, guilt free.

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Posted: 12/30/2012 5:47:48 AM

My biggest organizational tip is to resist the urge to buy more storage totes a.k.a. clutter coffins. Sentimental and seasonal items aside if it's not being use regularly it doesn't need to be kept in a storage tote indefinitely.

Around here we consider excessive storage totes - no matter how neatly stacked and labeled - to be a more organized form of hoarding.


so true!



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Posted: 12/30/2012 6:54:12 AM
One thing that helped me in the kitchen. You know how you have a bunch of bottles of STUFF that you have to maybe climb onto a chair to reach way back? I have a big Rubbermaid rectangular tub, actually a few I bought a while back for Christmas cookie time. One of them holds those bottles, if fits perfectly lengthwise in my upper cabinet. So if i need something I can just pull the tub out, grab what I need, and put it back. It's very convenient. As a matter of fact I have room for another one on the same shelf so i may do the same.


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Posted: 12/30/2012 7:58:31 AM
I love the "under a minute" advice.

Another of mine goes against the seemingly endless "basket, boxes, bins" advice but for me pretty baskets quickly become bigger clutter collectors. I want to minimize how often we handle things, not up the effort.

I did away with stair basket, mail baskets, and homework baskets. Take it, do it, put it away. No stop gap holding pens for clutter - no matter how precious.



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Posted: 12/30/2012 8:05:44 AM
My goal for 2013 is to purge, organize and get everything done so I don't feel so overwhelmed. My problem is ADD. I can start one project have a huge mess going walk into another room see something, start going thru that and by the end of the day I have 10 PILES of crap that I now shove in a room/drawer/closet or box to get it out of site.

Whenever I go through old papers/kids/school work/pictures I just want to sit and go through and look at everything. Time wasting and avoiding I guess.

Does anyone know of an iPhone ap that helps with organizing? by help I mean does it for me? Lol

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Posted: 12/30/2012 8:46:11 AM
My big achievement this last year has been redecorating all 3 of my children's rooms. As new carpets were going down, everything had to be moved out- which was a wonderful excuse to get them all purging! My DD had clothes and folders/books from before she left for Unjversity 4 years ago, so we had LOADS to donate to charity from her room. Their rooms look so lovely now, and even the two boys have no problem whatsoever keeping their rooms nice. Even Christmas hasn't impacted their rooms much, as they already had space for their new stuff.

My room has to be done now, plus I need to reroof the house, so the attic is a huge priority. I did my kitchen and living room before Christmas but my office has become a shocking 'catch-all' so that needs probably a few days to get it straight.

I love the enthusiasm of the New Year, but is anyone else like me- the enthusiasm wanes and projects drop off the radar as the kids get busy at school again, and I get busy as their taxi? How to keep motivated when you are shattered, lol!


It's not the passage of time that heals. It's what you do with that time.

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Posted: 12/30/2012 9:07:22 AM

a stack of magazines

I'll admit to that being a weak area for me. I still subscribe to way too many and they pile up because I don't get around to looking at them. I do NOT keep them once read... I have disciplined myself to tearing out whatever recipe or article I want as I go so when I'm done with the magazine, I'm done. I need to let some of the subscriptions go though.

How to keep motivated

I don't see organizing as a "project." It's a consistent way of looking at things. As Nike would say, you "just do it." Make it a habit. A lifestyle. Then it becomes automatic.








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Posted: 12/30/2012 2:17:28 PM
No mention of flylady.net? I am surprised. She has changed my life. I have bipolar so routines and having things orderly is so important to my mental health. It is amazing what I have been able to do just 15 minutes at a time.

I don't fly off the handle anymore when trying to find things. I actually know where everything is now. I feel so empowered when my daughter asks me where something is and I can be super specific about where to find it. Our mornings are smoother now without the stress because of our routines.

It is nice to be company ready within 15 minutes. No more running around scrambling and screaming to get ready for company.

I still have some things to organize (master closet and garage)' mainly because I can't bring myself to face the music that I will never use those scrapbooking supplies. It is hard to stomach the waste of money. Oh the joys of bipolar spending issues. The consequences of my unmedicated manic phase are difficult to overcome. Thank God for a good doctor and the right medication!

Please check out flylady.net. Get over the corniness of it. You will be gad you did.

molove
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Posted: 12/30/2012 2:23:59 PM
I organize and purge a bit every week. I can't stand clutter and stuff piled up so I just don't let it happen.

For me, paper and mail is the worst! I literally go from the mailbox to our recycle bin outside and dump the junk. It never makes it into the house.

One of my favorite things is donating clothes, shoes, etc. It's a great feeling to get it out of my house and into someone else's

If I buy new shoes, clothes, purses, etc....I get rid of something else.

So, organization isn't an "event" for me, it's really part of my routine. I keep it moving.

Donna in GA
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Posted: 12/30/2012 3:01:21 PM
I am doing the One Little Word project this year and my word is "reduce". Besides reducing myself by losing weight, I want to reduce the clutter in my home.

*KAS*
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Posted: 12/30/2012 4:43:02 PM
I finally got tired of having so much and have decided that 2013 will be my year to live more simply. I'm not even here that often - I have no idea why I have so much stuff.

As I outgrow clothes (into a smaller size), I'm being VERY serious about not overbuying. I'm in my last smallest size now, and would like to go down 2 more. I will NOT replace everything 'just because.'

I bagged up and tracked (for tax purposes) a ton of clothes and 'stuff' today - 111 pieces. Everything is tracked in It's Deductible, and I'll donate it tomorrow. Feels great, but you wouldn't even know it!

I also went through my closet and turned every single hanger around backwards. If the item is still on the hanger facing backwards in July (covering winter, spring and summer so I can't say weather was a factor), I'm getting rid of it. No questions ask. If I haven't worn it in 7 months, it's going. It probably means I haven't worn it in years. I'll either be looking like I have a wardrobe full of new clothes for the next 6 months, or I'll have an empty closet in July. I'm ok either way.

My newspaper subscription recently expired without me realizing it, and I started to renew it, but didn't. It's just paper clutter & costs me money. I read the paper online, and I really only had it for the ads (causing me to buy things I didn't need) or the coupons (which I hardly ever used).

I also reorganized my guest room closet, my linen closet and my pantry since I've been home for Christmas. Feels nice!


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