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  1. I love organizing! The tip is to just start it. It may seem like a big task to take over, but once you start, you have momentum and you might even like it! Even if you can only do a small space at a time, start with that and see where it takes you.

    • I’m hereby offering you an open invitation to my house. I’d love to enlist the help of someone who loves organizing! That’s the solution to my biggest problem, I think: After I use things, I don’t return them into their rightful places (ahem, wherever that is…) 🙂

      You’re right, though…the biggest hurdle is getting started.

    • I’m hereby offering you an open invitation to my house. I’d love to enlist the help of someone who loves organizing! That’s the solution to my biggest problem, I think: After I use things, I don’t return them into their rightful places (ahem, wherever that is…) 🙂

      You’re right, though…the biggest hurdle is getting started.

  2. I love organizing! The tip is to just start it. It may seem like a big task to take over, but once you start, you have momentum and you might even like it! Even if you can only do a small space at a time, start with that and see where it takes you.

    • Man, I was really hoping people would drop by with hints! Maybe they’re doing their own spring cleaning?

      I should offer a prize for the best idea. LOL, maybe something from my growing stash of give-away items. 🙂

    • Man, I was really hoping people would drop by with hints! Maybe they’re doing their own spring cleaning?

      I should offer a prize for the best idea. LOL, maybe something from my growing stash of give-away items. 🙂

  3. Moving Your Mountain, One Pebble at a Time

    I cannot even contemplate large tasks. I get the vapors. I have to break them down in to dozens of little tasks, and then…they somehow get done. I go with the ‘carry a pebble’ method. Every time I pass something out of place I pick it up and carry it with me. Sometimes not all the way to where it belongs, but closer. I never say ‘Today I will clean my closet’ but, ‘Today I will sort my blouses (skirts, bags, shoes, fill in the blank)’. I do little tasks while waiting for other tasks to be completed, eg, shredding while I’m on hold with the cable company, filing while my kettle boils, rearranging a shelf while talking online with a friend,sorting a box of paperwork while listening to baseball. Carry enough pebbles away, and before you know it, the mountain is gone. I hope this helps. Good luck.

    Emjae

  4. I am not a hoarder either – but I am cluttery – and, it drives me crazy! Honestly, sometimes I just want to open the doors & yell – “Come & get it! Anything goes but the computers!”

    However, I haven’t done that – but… here are some tips I have from those times (like as soon as these edits are done!) when I actually pare down and feel “light.”

    1. keep a “goodwill” bag at the ready & drop things into it often
    2. set your kitchen timer for fifteen minutes and focus on de-cluttering one spot for fifteen minutes. When the timer goes off – stop and go to another task
    3. don’t shop for any new clothes or shoes (I know, that one’s painful for me!) until you have donated an equal (or greater) number of similar items
    4. gift or donate your finished books, keeping only what you actually LOVE and will RE-READ! (as in, I will never give up my Jane Austen’s or my Harry Potter’s, etc. – but, the others are what libraries are for.)
    5. Deal with all incoming mail immediately! Don’t set it down on a counter or table – it’s like bunnies in the rapidity with which it reproduces!

    That is all – I really should be concentrating on my edits – so, I must turn on the Freedom & get off the internet for a few hours!

    I’ll be watching this spot for more ideas from others! {{{hugs}}}

  5. Bins, bins and more bins. This is what I’m doing this week. My two best friends are bins and contractor bags. I get bins and label them by category, kids room, storage, paperwork, books, CD’s, Cords, etc. I hit each room start in one section and work my way in a sweeping motion through the room. I sort things into the bins as I clear away spaces. The contractor bag is sturdy and very black. If I think twice about anything it goes into the contractor bag for trash, recycle or goodwill. I don’t let myself go back to the bag. It is dark it helps to not see it once it is gone. I call it my housecleaning black hole. =)
    When I am done sweeping through the rooms, I have all clutter sorted by category into bins that I can find homes for or discard. It helps to have all like items together. I have also discovered the most amazing drawers from Ikea. I have put them in every closet in my house and some cabinets.They are amazing for organizing space. I’m going to create labels to attach on the outside to help me keep track of things.
    http://www.ikea.com/us/en/catalog/products/S69867046
    These are stackable too.
    Also…with 8 people living in my house cabinets can get cluttered really easy. Especially putting dishes away. I have re-organized my kitchen cabinets so everything has its place. I’m taking pictures of them and taping them to the inside of the cabinets so that no matter who puts dishes away they will know where things belong!
    Happy Spring Cleaning!!

    • I Love That Idea!

      My WG, who frequently gets lost trying to get from his office to the powder room, must have me in the kitchen to supervise when he empties the dishwasher, because, even after a year in this house, he cannot remember where anything goes. I’m getting the camera out, today!

      Thank you.

      Emjae

      inknbeans.weebly.com

    • I Love That Idea!

      My WG, who frequently gets lost trying to get from his office to the powder room, must have me in the kitchen to supervise when he empties the dishwasher, because, even after a year in this house, he cannot remember where anything goes. I’m getting the camera out, today!

      Thank you.

      Emjae

      inknbeans.weebly.com

  6. No matter which room you want to de-clutter, it’s fairly easy if you think in terms of police or military search patterns. Quadrant off little sections of the room at a time, you’ll be surprised how quickly it goes.

    I empty the wastepaper baskets throughout the house and gather them together with my wicker baskets (I’m a basket nut and have them from itty bitty all the way up to trunk size) then I begin sorting… books go in one basket; clippings, magazines, and folders that I use for research in another; pens, pencils, tape, scissors, post-its, etc in another… and so on.

    An easy trick that I learned is to pile the magazines/newspapers you no longer want on long crossed strands of twine and when you have a stack; it’s easy just to tie it off to take to the recycling plant later on, and start a new stack.

    I would love to go outdoors and soak up the sunshine but it’s gone back to downright chilly here. It’s 29 and the sun is shining.

    I wish I lived closer, as I’d love to come over and help you with your spring cleaning

  7. Oh boy, I am deep in the middle of all this decluttering myself as I try to combine my office with an art space. What happened to me is that I bought so many goodies for art fun (and I mean a ton of them) and then had no space for them. Add to that all the clutter I already had, and well, it’s been a giant mess. Both hubby and I can tolerate a certain amount of clutter but we are trying to change some habits. So it sorta depends on what your issues are, is it that you really need to get rid of stuff or do you just need to put things away?

    For me it was mostly the second one and the key has been not rushing. I am taking time to think about where and how I work and what makes me happy about a room. My biggest problem, after not putting things away, is that not everything has a home and if it doesn’t have a home, you’ll never be able to put it away. And since my art space is being shared with my writing space it needs to be pretty and inviting for me to want to spend time there. I like some supplies out but I like being able to hide some of it too. Our house is such that everything is open downstairs and my office is the byway to the outside. So I have three walls of patio doors and French Doors and very little wall space. It’s been a challenge.

    So tips:

    1. Concentrate on one area at a time. Right now I’m doing just my office and I broke that in half and I’m doing just the art side.

    2. Find a home for everything.

    3. If you are going to use closed boxes and baskets like I am, label them so you know what’s in them. Then make a map of what is where.

    4. If you’re in utter chaos like I am, start with group like items together. I couldn’t decide where to store my ribbons until I had them all in one place.

    5. Really think about how you want a room to feel. It makes a difference if you are the kind of person who wants to see everything at a glance or if you want it behind closed doors. If the plastic organizers work in your room or if you need something different.

    6. Don’t buy more organizing containers until you’ve sorted like with like and know what you want the room to feel like. I have almost gone out and bought several different things for organizing that I now realize I don’t need. The one thing I did buy was a set of these cubes:
    http://www.amazon.com/Whitmor-6071-1723-Storage-Cubes-White/dp/B000LRGV3W/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&s=home-garden&qid=1269726192&sr=1-1

    I have a narrow space for storing my paper so I am stacking these vertically and then using some of the other pieces to make more shelves within the cubes so I can sort all my paper by color. (They just arrived and I’m waiting for hubby to put them together.)

    That’s as far as I’ve gotten but I’ll check back if I come up with any other ideas. I am a saver. I love going through my stash of odd things and finding just what I need for a project. But I want to be able to actually FIND them. haha

  8. Oh boy, I am deep in the middle of all this decluttering myself as I try to combine my office with an art space. What happened to me is that I bought so many goodies for art fun (and I mean a ton of them) and then had no space for them. Add to that all the clutter I already had, and well, it’s been a giant mess. Both hubby and I can tolerate a certain amount of clutter but we are trying to change some habits. So it sorta depends on what your issues are, is it that you really need to get rid of stuff or do you just need to put things away?

    For me it was mostly the second one and the key has been not rushing. I am taking time to think about where and how I work and what makes me happy about a room. My biggest problem, after not putting things away, is that not everything has a home and if it doesn’t have a home, you’ll never be able to put it away. And since my art space is being shared with my writing space it needs to be pretty and inviting for me to want to spend time there. I like some supplies out but I like being able to hide some of it too. Our house is such that everything is open downstairs and my office is the byway to the outside. So I have three walls of patio doors and French Doors and very little wall space. It’s been a challenge.

    So tips:

    1. Concentrate on one area at a time. Right now I’m doing just my office and I broke that in half and I’m doing just the art side.

    2. Find a home for everything.

    3. If you are going to use closed boxes and baskets like I am, label them so you know what’s in them. Then make a map of what is where.

    4. If you’re in utter chaos like I am, start with group like items together. I couldn’t decide where to store my ribbons until I had them all in one place.

    5. Really think about how you want a room to feel. It makes a difference if you are the kind of person who wants to see everything at a glance or if you want it behind closed doors. If the plastic organizers work in your room or if you need something different.

    6. Don’t buy more organizing containers until you’ve sorted like with like and know what you want the room to feel like. I have almost gone out and bought several different things for organizing that I now realize I don’t need. The one thing I did buy was a set of these cubes:
    http://www.amazon.com/Whitmor-6071-1723-Storage-Cubes-White/dp/B000LRGV3W/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&s=home-garden&qid=1269726192&sr=1-1

    I have a narrow space for storing my paper so I am stacking these vertically and then using some of the other pieces to make more shelves within the cubes so I can sort all my paper by color. (They just arrived and I’m waiting for hubby to put them together.)

    That’s as far as I’ve gotten but I’ll check back if I come up with any other ideas. I am a saver. I love going through my stash of odd things and finding just what I need for a project. But I want to be able to actually FIND them. haha

  9. I love organizing too. I read Organizing from the Inside Out by Julie Morganstern and like her idea of first listing what is working, like I can always find:
    Then I can never find: and think of how you can have a place for it where you can always find it. And it is a one bit at a time task. When I have revolutionized the whole office in a day, I have lost track of a lot of things. I agree with labeling and with what was said about how to make the room inviting to you.
    I wish I could say my house is organized, but it is getting there. I keep a box for stuff I want to give to High Springs Social Services and another for a local library, but sometimes they don’t leave the house till they are too heavy to carry.
    My biggest help right now is the phrase, ‘just make the effort’ to carry something to the pantry or the wastebasket or the room it belongs in.

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