Archives for February 2014

Pretty Flowers, Be Patient

blooming sunflowerOrganizing your stuff is a process and if you want to be successful you will have to get rid of what you don’t wear or use or even need (which for most of us, is a lot of stuff)

Parting with expensive stuff is painfully hard. A harsh reminder of money not well spent. Ouch. Maybe the one good thing to come from parting with something expensive is next time around you won’t be lured into buying it in the first place.

Parting with sentimental stuff can be just as hard. There are ways to safely let go and at the same time keep the memory.

No matter what method you use you need to remember to be patient with yourself.

If you follow through and begin to declutter you will eventually see something pretty in the simplicity of life.

Be patient.

 

 

 

 

What To Do With Belts

beltsFor some reason when we give our pants to the charity many of us quickly pull out the belt. The reason could be that our belts go with many pairs of pants and this would make sense to not include the belt in the charity bag.

But what do you do when you are trying to organize and you face dozens of belts that haven’t been used in years?

Do your belts have creases or cracks at a visible area when you wear them?

Are there extra holes that don’t look good?

When was the last time you wore the belt?

If your answers are, Yes, Yes and I can’t remember then maybe it’s time to declutter the belts.

For decades I wore a belt almost everyday. But the designers are not designing clothes that need belts. I’m convinced this is why many of us women have thicker waists. If you have belts that go with only certain outfits and you wear those, then keep.

Belts are usually hanging in your closet and can be used with many pairs of pants. Use the same criteria you do with clothes. If you haven’t worn in a year then consider giving to charity. What’s the worst that can happen?

The worst actually isn’t that bad. Grab another belt

If you can’t part with the belts but you know you won’t wear again then here are a few ideas;

Jewelry Hanger, Furniture Handles, And/Or Weave A Chair Seat

 

 

What To Do With It?

If you are asking, What do I do with….anything? Then chances are you are ready to get rid of it. This is your last attempt to salvage or to make use of something you simply are not using.  After spending years doing it myself and helping others figure it out.. I get it.

It is a way of relieving the guilt of buying it in the first place. Or the frustration of not doing something about it earlier.  There are only a few options when asking “what to do with”

Throw it out.

Sell it.

Give it away.

Those are your 3 most obvious answers, unless you are a crafty person. Crafty people can make anything out of everything and they will be able to sell or use themselves. Although I’ve dabbled in crafts I’m just not that clever or motivated.

If your tired of the chaos and struggle to be organized then please consider simplifying your life. There are lots of stories here that might encourage you to finally do something.

After simplifying and keeping things that you know you will use, then it’s time to look into creative ways to organize.

TIP

Hang it up! Use that air space that is normally not utilized enough.

What are you waiting for?