What To Do With Plastic Hangers

Remember the “no wire hangers” scene in “Mommie Dearest”? I can’t tell you how many times my sister, my mom and I have done that scene around our house and yet I think my sister still has a few.

There is something pleasing to the eye when a closet has just one type of hanger.

They are cheap. They come in a variety of colors and, yes, you can have too many. Once you start weeding through your clothes you will have extra hangers.

If you are crafty, there is no end to the possibilities but most people won’t follow through and they will remain in your closet taking up space. If you are going to start taking chances when it comes to decluttering, this is a good place to start.

White plastic hangersGO FOR IT!

What To Do With Old Pantyhose And Nylons

nylonsPantyhose and nylons are not as popular as they used to be. Less popular if you live in warmer climates and rarely dress up.

Think travel. I remember a fashion designer saying that going to the airport now was like going to a velour tracksuit conference. Not like the olden days when women dressed up for travel with pantyhose and girdles.

Unless we have a quick turn around in fashion, few of us will wear all of those pantyhose in the drawers.

So now is the time to take them out and make a decision.

When was the last time you wore a pair? I could understand wanting to save a couple in case of a wedding or funeral.

Recycling

There are dozens, possibly hundreds of ideas out there for those that do arts and crafts.

If you don’t need for arts and crafts then maybe today is a good day to simplify your collection.

 

 

Discovering Minimalism

Living with less.

This may or may not be for you. I’m not here to twist your arm but to propose an alternative to living with lots of stuff.

Alternative – Live with less

Charity – Giving is good

Benefits – Peace of mind and freedom

SIMPLICITY

 

 

 

 

 

 

What To Do With Socks

red socks

These things typically take up an entire drawer. From the solid colors to patterned to bright holiday themed socks, we can’t possibly wear all of the ones we own.

The minimalism journey is fun!

Little by little you can get organized by decluttering things you no longer wear. That includes socks with missing mates and holes.

Gather your socks from drawers, closets and don’t forget to check inside shoes. Lay them out on a bed and pull out the ones that you have worn during the year.

The rest can go. Recycling as a dust rag works or simply put in your ongoing donate bag.

 

What To Do With Bridesmaid Dresses

Bridesmaid dressesHere are just a few of the bridesmaid dresses that were in my closet. What a shame to only wear once but that is usually the way it goes.

The few blogs out there that addressed this issue basically came up with the same conclusions that I did.

OPTIONS

1. Alter them. If it is long, make it short. If it has sleeves, make it sleeveless. This changes the look enough that maybe no one will notice it is the same dress. Even if they did, they should be impressed at your resourcefulness.

2. Take to a consignment shop. These dresses can be expensive and they are mostly formal. If someone out there is shopping for a dress that they too will wear only once, a consignment shop is a good place to start. Make sure before you take to the shop that it is clean and doesn’t have smeared cake on the back side.

3. It is material. If you are a creative craft person and can sew, cut up into pieces and make a quilt.

4. If it is from another decade, wear on Halloween as a costume.

5. Sell at a yard or garage sale.

6. Ask the bride if she wants to keep one of the dresses and give it to her.

7. Donate to local thrift shop.

These dresses are no different than other things in your closet that you are not wearing. That is to say, they are not being used and taking up valuable space. I finally put in the goodwill bag and they are now out of my closet. Why didn’t I do this years ago? I guess because they were expensive and associated with a good memory I thought I was somehow obligated to hold on to them.

Today is a good day to take all of the bridesmaid dresses out of your closet. If they have been in there for decades then consider your options.

It’s time to declutter those dresses.

The Monster Under The Bed

Looking for SocksWhat is under your bed?

In most houses there are indeed little monsters that love being in your bedroom.

Dust Mites and lots of them!

If you have ever seen one of the dust mites magnified they do look like horrible monsters. The kind in your nightmares.

By the way, those little monsters love it when there is clutter under there.

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/House_dust_mite

If you have carpet it is a pain to move the bed and vacuum but it should be done. We know the reality of doing that once a week is slim to none but if you don’t have anything under the bed it sure would make it easier.

Doing what you can to control dust is a must if you or anyone in your house suffers from allergies.

Think about it. Dust likes stuff. The more stuff you have the more dust you have. Most of us don’t dust everyday.  By clearing out old stuff and decluttering you will make dusting more efficient.

Declutter and sneeze less!

 

 

 

What To Do With Odds And Ends

locksLocks with no combinations. Missing weight mate. Broken shoe things. Magnets that hold clutter to fridge. Bathroom toothbrush holder that was always dirty. Old shoe shiner that kind of works. They all need to go and I won’t miss any of them. Less clutter to deal with is a good thing. It simplifies life. Too many of these little items around the house begin to add up to lots of clutter. magnets

shoe shinner

toothbrush holder

broken show insert

 

missing  weight

 

 

What To Do With Vacuums and Moppers

moppersOnce again, it was the infomercial that won. If you have carpet you probably have a vacuum. For tile and wood you have brooms and mops. Sounds somewhat simple for keeping the floors clean. Doesn’t it?

But then they come out with something that does more. In fact you need to do very little. Just plug it in and magic happens! Or not.

These kinds of fancy moppers end up taking up valuable space for many of us. If you use the new and improved vacuums and moppers then keep them.

If they are taking up space and you don’t use them then now is the time to take them out of the closets and make a decision.

Are they broken? If they are, you have 2 options. Take them to get fixed or get rid of them.

Taking a vacuum to get fixed is like taking a car to get fixed. Most of us just have no idea how these things work. If the guy says, it can’t be fixed or the price to fix is crazy high then we don’t question it.

My sister recently took her very expensive hardy vacuum to get fixed. They guy said it couldn’t be fixed and talked her into buying a new one. She was bummed because she liked that old sturdy vacuum.

Two weeks later she walked by the store and saw her old vacuum in the window for sale. She went into the store to make sure it was her old vacuum and sure enough, it was. After weeks of fighting with the dishonest sales guys she decided to let it go.

Here is the bottom line with a vacuum. Most of us only need ONE. That’s it. Only one.

My sister’s advice to you….donate your extra vacuums! Just don’t donate to dishonest sales people who lie to you. You will feel better if they end up in a non profit 2nd hand store.

 

 

Perfectionism Is The Enemy Of Progress

TulipsI heard this phrase on the radio today.

From Wikipedia;

The perfect is the enemy of good is an aphorism or proverb meaning that insisting on perfection  often results in no improvement at all. The phrase is commonly attributed to Voltaire…..

The first story that came to mind was a family I knew that lived out of boxes for years and could never make a decision. When asked why they had not hung pictures or put things away they said it was because they wanted things to look just right and therefore could not bring themselves to make the final decision.

Sometimes you just have to plow ahead and accept that you might make a decision that you regret. This is when we ask ourselves…what’s the worst that could happen? If you are stressing over hanging the picture on the wall then the worse that could happen is you would have a little nail hole eventually above the picture. So what! Fill it with fill or toothpaste, take a q-tip and dab some paint on there. So what!

The same goes with organizing which can’t happen unless you declutter.

IT’S JUST STUFF

It’s not alive! It doesn’t require a funeral or a memorial service. It’s not going to Heaven or Hell, it’s just going to someone else that could use it. That’s all.

It’s simple.

Stop stressing and relax, it’s just stuff.

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.