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Decluttering Minis: 250+ small things you wouldn’t miss if you got rid of them

By |February 12th, 2019|

Decluttering Minis: 250+ small things you wouldn’t miss if you got rid of them

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The main issue with decluttering is that we think that we have to tackle the big things in our house first. While it’s still one step to get rid of things that we no longer want in our house, it’s still counterproductive. Think about it, you declutter big items today, then lo and behold, you’re overwhelmed with clutter a week later. This is because we tend to take what small clutter can do to our house for granted. Things that are in plain sight but you never really pay attention to, extra items that you have in your drawer that you just don’t care for since “it doesn’t take up much space”. Small things cluttering up your home is like an army of ants, one ant might seem small, but when they team up, boy, are you in for a world of pain!

So here’s what you need to do, gather up small items that are unwanted, beyond repair, out of date, outgrown, or ultimately unnecessary – and you’ll be surprised with how much your house is transformed! You don’t necessarily need to throw these things out. Ones that are not expired or unmendable can be donated or re-homed. Impulse buys that are totally new and unopened can be gifted or sold online. Check for items on the list below and put them in bins so you don’t accidentally throw away items that are still good for donation, re-homing, selling or giving away as gifts. What do you know, maybe you’ll get to cut back on Christmas shopping before December arrives!

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1. PURSES AND HANDBAGS

  • Old receipts
  • Old planners
  • Expired credit cards
  • Expired membership cards
  • Expired discount cards
  • Expired vouchers
  • Store reward cards you don’t use
  • Unknown keys
  • Keys for old locks

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2. MAKEUP

  • Dried up nail polish
  • Nail polish you haven’t worn in 2 years
  • If you have a lot of nail polish, test them out and donate those that are very similar in color, or ones that you know you will never wear.
  • Foundation bottles you’ve been trying to get last bit out of for past couple of months. If you’re keeping one of them because it’s discontinued but is a good shade match, transfer the contents in a small 3 ml or 5 ml container. That should be enough for using it as reference.
  • Multiple half used emery boards that are older than your cat
  • Lipstick you never wore because it’s too light for you but looked good on the ad – I’m looking at you MAC Salmon and Saint Germain!
  • Multiple hairbrushes
  • Multiple tweezers
  • Perfume bottles you’ve had open for over 5 years. Yes, perfume goes bad. Especially when you store them where they get direct sunlight or in a warm and humid place. You’re welcome for that bonus tip, by the way!
  • Perfume that you know you will never wear. Say, someone gifted you with perfume that’s just has too much floral notes for your liking – ditch it.
  • Dried up mascara. You’re actually supposed to open a new tube every few months, so I don’t know why you still have that.

Makeup samples you’ve been meaning to try out but never did
Foundation or concealers that just not the right shade for you. Don’t stow them away and wait for them to go bad before getting rid of them. Give them away to friends and family who you know will be able to use them or donate them to a women’s shelter near you.
Makeup brushes you never even used.
Old makeup sponges. You don’t want acne now, do you?
Old eye shadow you’ve been keeping since college
Blusher or bronzer that turned out to be patchy or too glittery for your liking
Brow products that are too reddish or are just not the right shade
Tubes and pots of lip balm that don’t really do anything for your lips

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3. PAPER

  • Old bus, train and plane tickets
  • Old movie tickets
  • Old theater tickets
  • Extra photo prints
  • Junk mail
  • Old birthday cards that are of no sentimental value to you
  • Old calendars
  • Old diaries
  • Magazines. While we’re at it, cancel subscriptions to those that you don’t really read.
  • Newspapers
  • Finished notebooks
  • Out of date letters
  • Take out menus – maybe keep some that you order from on the regular
  • Product warranty for stuff you no longer have
  • Electronics manuals – you can get them online
  • Furniture manuals
  • Paper bags
  • Expired contracts
  • Old party and wedding invitations
  • Save the date cards
  • Parcel collect cards
  • Flyers
  • Old lottery tickets
  • Old coupons

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4. BOOKS

  • Cookbooks that you never use – you can get tons of recipes online now anyway
  • Old guide books
  • Books you never finished or are just not good reads
  • Worn out books
  • Out-of-date reference books
  • Books for hobbies you no longer follow
  • Finished activity books
  • Telephone directories
  • Old brochures
  • Old catalogues

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5. CLOTHES

  • Gloves missing their pair
  • Gloves with holes in
  • T-Shirts with holes from moths or ants
  • Torn jeans that are beyond repair
  • Promo shirts that you won’t ever wear even around the house
  • Tacky promo caps
  • Bags that are beyond repair
  • Caps and hats that you no longer wear
  • Old prescription glasses
  • Scratched sunglasses
  • Sunglasses that you no longer wear
  • Broken umbrellas
  • Badly stained clothes
  • Leggings that have lost elasticity
  • Sports bras that have lost elasticity
  • Hair elastics that have lost stretchiness
  • Waterproof clothing items that are no longer waterproof
  • Hand me downs you never really wanted
  • Other clothing items that are beyond repair
  • Extra buttons
  • Broken belts
  • Threadbare sweaters, ponchos and mittens

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6. UNDERWEAR

  • Socks missing their pair
  • Socks with holes in them
  • Socks that have lost elasticity
  • Hosiery with runs in them
  • Bras with the underwire poking through
  • Underpants you would not wear on a bad day
  • Used and abused underpants – let them go!
  • Old worn out pajamas

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7. SHOES

  • Shoes that are beyond repair
  • Shoes that not longer fit or never did fit comfortably
  • Sneakers/trainers with holes in
  • Multiple flip flops
  • Odd shoes
  • Snapped shoes laces

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8. BATHROOM

  • Foot and body scrubs that you never use
  • Old toothbrushes
  • Expired medicines
  • Expired vitamins and other supplements
  • Soap, shower gel, shampoo and conditioner you never use
  • Body lotions you’ve had opened for who knows how long but never use
  • Old bath lillies and bath sponges
  • Mouldy bath toys
  • Hand creams you just hate the smell of
  • Worn out or stained towels
  • Aftershave you’ve had open for more than 2 years
  • Bubble bath, bath salts and essential oils you’ve had open for more than a year but never use. Yes, they go bad too.
  • Broken or rusty hair clips
  • Dull razors and razor blades
  • Old sunscreen products
  • Old bath mats
  • Near empty bath products
  • Skincare samples you’ve been meaning to try out but never did
  • Skincare products that irritated your skin one way or another
  • Skincare items that you’ve been using but doesn’t really do what they claim to do.

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9. CLEANING

  • Forgotten cleaning products under the sink – we all have them
  • Vacuum cleaner fittings that don’t fit your vacuum cleaner
  • Old room and linen sprays
  • Old mops
  • Old or dried up shoe polish

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10. FOOD

  • Expired food packets & canned goods
  • Expired spices
  • Expired or almost-empty condiments
  • Expired flour and baking ingredients
  • Expired sweets and chocolates
  • Expired junk food at the back of your cupboard
  • Old cooking oil
  • Food items in your freezer that you know you will never eat
  • Expired teas and old coffee

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11. KIDS

  • Kids artwork and crafts. Take photos of them if you’re finding it hard to let go of them.
  • Old school work
  • Old school letters and forms
  • Outgrown clothes and shoes
  • Outgrown rain gear
  • Outgrown school shoes and uniforms

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12. TOYS & SPORTS

  • Electronic toys that don’t work even with new batteries
  • Board games with missing pieces
  • Finished colouring books
  • Finished sticker books
  • Finished activity books
  • Video games for consoles that don’t work
  • Game consoles that are beyond repair
  • Old party balloons
  • Mouldy soft toys
  • Dirty rubber or silicone toys that are beyond the toughest scrubbing action
  • Broken sports rackets
  • Balls with puncture holes
  • Inflatables with unmendable holes

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13. KITCHEN

  • Broken kitchen tools
  • Cracked crockery
  • Food mixer fittings for food mixers you no longer own
  • Extra match boxes and lighters
  • Old aprons
  • Multiple corkscrews
  • Multiple can openers
  • Multiple peelers
  • Rusty cutlery
  • Pan lids that don’t fit any of your cookware
  • Pans with missing handles
  • Saucers with missing cups
  • Chipped coffee mugs
  • Empty jars you are never going to use
  • Cracked mixing bowls
  • Cracked glasses
  • Can openers that no longer work
  • Specialty kitchen tools that you never use
  • Old chopsticks from takeouts
  • Water bottles with missing caps
  • Rusty sieves
  • Damaged non-stick cookware

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14. STATIONERY

  • Finished glue sticks
  • Run out markers or pens
  • Leaking pens
  • Bits of wrapping paper
  • Broken staplers
  • Broken hole punchers
  • Rusty pencil sharpeners
  • Broken crayons
  • Stickers that no longer stick to anything
  • Old bubble wrap
  • Old used envelopes
  • Broken ring binders
  • Worn out document boxes
  • Old rubber bands

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15. ELECTRONICS

  • Dead batteries
  • Broken watches
  • Busted light bulbs
  • Camera fittings for cameras you no longer own
  • Broken flashlights
  • Old broken cameras
  • Old mobile phones
  • Record and video tapes and vinyl you can no longer play
  • Old phone chargers
  • Data cables that no longer work
  • Earphones that no longer work
  • Scratched DVDs and CDs
  • CDs you never listen to
  • Old cables for broken electronics
  • Old cables for electronics you no longer have
  • Cracked phone cases
  • Phone cases that you no longer use
  • Old software CDs

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16. BEDROOM

  • Bed linen with tears you cannot mend
  • Threadbare blankets and throws
  • Duvet covers that don’t fit any duvet that you own
  • Hair dryer fittings for hair dryers you no longer own
  • Pillow cases that don’t fit any pillows that you own
  • Bedsheets and pillow cases with tough stains that can no longer be removed
  • Bedsheets and pillow cases you no longer use
  • Old candles that you haven’t lit in years
  • Old shoe boxes
  • Old jewelry boxes
  • Broken alarm clocks
  • Old, dirty pillows and duvets that are beyond any special cleaning
  • Broken hangers in your closet

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17. CHRISTMAS

  • Broken Christmas lights
  • Broken Christmas baubles and other Christmas decor

Getting a few of these items out of your home little by little each day makes a lot of difference. You’ll find that what will be left in your home are those that really matter and those that are really useful to your everyday life.


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8 things women over 40 should get rid of

By |January 2nd, 2019|

8 things women over 40 should get rid of

Along with all the wisdom and life experience, most women over 40 have surely accumulated loads of other stuff. While some of these items will stand the test of time, there are some things that over time just reduces themselves into nothing but clutter.

 

Expired Makeup

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Let’s get this out there first before any other things. Using expired makeup is not good for the skin. So it goes to say that you should throw them out. They’re not doing anybody any good. If you have shades of eye shadow, lipstick or blush that you can’t let go of because they’re your holy grail, and are discontinued, what you can do is to swatch them on a piece of paper so you can keep them for comparison. As for items that have some sentimental value attached to them, say your first high-end makeup purchase, take a picture, it will last longer and will not clutter up your vanity.

 

Shoes that hurt your feet

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It’s high time to get rid of shoes that hurt your feet or give them blisters. It doesn’t matter how cute they are. You can donate them or sell them for the extra profit. Free up some space in your shoe collection for ones that do not hurt your feet.

 

Bras that don’t fit

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You should have a clear understanding of your true bra size by this time, so toss the ones that have lost elasticity, have underwires poking out, or are overall just not a good fit. If you’re still unsure about your correct bra size, get fitted at a store that you trust. Give that part of your wardrobe an overhaul and get bras that fit!

 

Bridesmaid dresses

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If your bridesmaid dresses look like that’s the only purpose that they’ll serve, maybe they’re a little tacky or are just not versatile enough to be re-purposed for anything, get rid of them. These days, the trend is wearing those infinity dresses, but let’s face it, most of the weddings that you’ve been a bridesmaid at before weren’t lucky enough to have had this trend going on at the time. Free up some space in your closet, otherwise, you’ll see yourself at that scene from the movie 27 Dresses!

 

Flimsy plastic chairs

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You take pride in your outdoor space, and you want your guests to feel at home. So don’t make them sit on flimsy, rickety plastic chairs! Invest in some sturdier outdoor furniture that will last for years, provided you take good care of it.

 

Wire Hangers

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Clear out the wire hangers from your closet and replace them with wood or cloth ones. Wire hangers can wear out the shoulders of your shirts because of the material and the thin surface of the hangers.

 

Clothes that are too small

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A lot of people keep clothes that are too small for them no matter how much space they take up in the hopes that they might fit into them someday. Donate your clothes or sell them for extra profit. You’ll free up loads of space in your closet and if you do end up losing weight down the line, you can reward yourself by buying new clothes.

 

Supplies from abandoned crafts and hobbies

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While there’s nothing bad about trying out a new hobby or starting a new craft project and not finishing it, But if your untouched craft supplies end up cluttering up your home, it would be best to get rid of them.

Freeing up space in your home also means freeing up space in your life and opening up the door for new opportunities to come in as you see yourself transition into a life without any reminders of a cluttered and unorganized life.


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Cleaning hacks

By |December 11th, 2018|

Cleaning Hacks: Moving to a new place? Give your old home a good cleaning job before you part with it.

Get your deposit back! Use these cleaning hacks before you move out of your old rental. Honestly, most of these tips are really good hacks for keeping your house clean too, so don’t leave just yet and read on.

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Soap + Nail Holes

Fill nail holes using Dove soap or any similar soft bath soap. Rub it in nail holes in a circular motion to ensure that they are fully filled.

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WD-40 + Crayon drawings

Did your kids use your walls as a coloring book? Spray some WD-40 onto the marks and wipe with a clean rag. WD-40 will not damage the paint or most wallpaper (test fabric or other fancy wall coverings first). It will also remove marker and crayon marks from furniture and appliances.

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Dryer Sheets + Baseboards

Wiping your baseboards with dryer sheets is amazing at repelling dust and keeping them clean!

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Vinegar + an old sock = Clean Blinds

Mix equal parts of white vinegar and water in a spray bottle, spray it on the blinds, slip on an old sock on your hand, and wipe down each individual slat on the blinds. Easy! The vinegar and water solution will not really smell that much, but if you’re sensitive to smells, you can mix in a few drops of your favorite essential oil too.

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Turtle Wax = Clean Vents

Clean your vents and keep them clean for a longer time! Remove the vents and wash them with soapy water, rinse and let them dry. Once they’re dry, use a soft, clean cloth and apply turtle wax generously, just like you would when waxing your car. After the vent has been completely covered, buff off the wax.

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Hydrogen peroxide + Water + Lemon Essential Oil = No More Carpet Stains

Get stains off of your carpet by mixing 1 part Hydrogen peroxide, 2 parts water and 5 drops of lemon essential oil. Here’s how it works, Hydrogen peroxide breaks down stains and the lemon oil helps release any sticky residues. Spray a generous amount of the solution on your carpet, let it sit for a few minutes, then use a brush to loosen the fibers a bit. Repeat this process as necessary. Adjust the mixture by adding more water if your carpet is darker. Extra tip: You can also use this solution to clean upholstered furniture.

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Vinegar + Baking Soda = Clean Dishwasher

Here’s a cheaper alternative to clean your dishwasher! First, check the dishwasher’s drain area and make sure there are no hard waste materials that can plug the drain, cause damage to the pump or scratch dishes. Next, place a dishwasher-safe cup filled with white vinegar on the top rack of your dishwasher. Run the dishwasher for one cycle using the hottest water setting. What this does is to help to wash away grease and grime, as well as sanitize and help remove any musty odor. After the vinegar cycle finishes, sprinkle a handful of baking soda around the bottom of the dishwasher. Run it through a short cycle using the hottest water setting. Baking soda is a great deodorizing agent, so this will help further deodorize your dishwasher and help in removing any stains.

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Lemon + Vinegar = Clean Microwave Oven

Take a lemon, slice it up and put the lemon slices in a bowl. Add a splash of white vinegar, set the microwave oven on high and cook for 5 minutes. After the 5 minutes of cook time is up, let the bowl sit inside the microwave oven for a few more minutes. Remove the bowl and wipe the inside of your microwave oven with a damp cloth. The previously stuck-on food should just slough off easily leaving you with a clean and fresh-smelling microwave oven! Plus, this cleaning trick doesn’t involve using any harsh chemicals, so neat, right?

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Baking Soda + Dish Soap + Vinegar + Lemon Juice = Clean Oven

It looks like a lot, but you will be proud of yourself after doing this. Mix a few drops of dish soap, juice of 1 lemon, 4 tablespoons of baking soda, and 5 tablespoons of baking soda into a paste. Make sure to add the vinegar slowly and carefully to avoid making a mess – we all know how the volcano science experiment thing works right? Slather on the paste inside the oven, including the oven window and let it soak for a few hours. Scrub the dirtier parts using a sponge and use a damp cloth to wipe off the mixture until it’s all gone.

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Cream of Tartar + Water = Shiny Stainless Steel

Get stainless steel surfaces, cookware and flatware to shine by using a paste made with cream of tartar and some water.

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Baking Soda + Vinegar + Lemon Juice = Clean Grout

Dirty Grout? Mix 7 cups of water, 1/2 cup of baking soda, 1/3 cup of lemon juice and 1/4 cup vinegar in a spray bottle. Spray this mixture on dirty grout, leave it on for about 1 hour, then scrub the dirt away with a brush.

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Vinegar + Lemon Essential Oil = Clean Shower Head

Clean your shower head on a weekend with this easy hack. Take a plastic bag and fill it with white vinegar. Just eyeball the amount, but essentially, you’ll want the shower head to be submerged in vinegar. Add a few drops of lemon essential oil to the plastic bag with vinegar and submerge the shower head in it. Use a rubber band to hold the bag in place. Leave it in there overnight (that’s why it would be better to do it on a weekend), take the shower head off the bag in the morning and wipe it with a microfiber cloth. Run the shower for a minute or two to make sure that any residue is washed away.

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Garage Organization

By |October 24th, 2018|

Get your space back with these garage organization ideas!

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Most people don’t really have their car parked inside the garage, or if they do, there’s barely little wiggle room left. The reason? There’s too much stuff in it! Leaving your car out makes it vulnerable to sun damage, rainwater damage and exposure to bird droppings and tree sap. So I guess there’s no arguing that your car will be much safer when it’s stored inside the garage. Let’s help you out with that. Get back your garage space with these garage organization ideas! Your car will thank you for this.

Getting Started: Clean it all out

It might look like quite a tall order to get started with the hardest part, but everything has to start somewhere right? The key here is to be organized, decisive and rational.

  • Set aside at least a full day, or even a full weekend or two, to get the job done.
  • Go through absolutely everything. Empty every box and bins that you have stored away.
  • Sort all items into three piles: keep, donate or sell, and toss.

The nitty gritty

  • What should you throw out? Let go off outgrown toys, items that are broken beyond repair, expired household chemicals, old paint, and anything you haven’t used in two years or more.
  • For the items that you will keep, sort them even further. They could be sports equipment, power tools, painting supply, etc. Store them in stackable clear-plastic bins for better visibility and storage. If you have kids at home, it would be best to store power tools and other sharp or blunt tools in a sturdy, lockable cabinet where they can’t reach for it.
  • Donate or sell the remaining items as soon as possible. You can hold a garage sale or have goodwill pick up the items for donation.

Re-check the keepers

Make sure that you check for these items in those that you will be keeping. While most people have always these in their own garages too, it’s highly recommended that you store them somewhere else.

  • Paint – It’s best to store paint in a more temperate area. Note that extreme cold or heat can ruin the paint.
  • Propane – To keep your household safe, propane tanks should always be kept outdoors. Remember that even tiny spark can cause propane to ignite and cause a fire, or worse, an explosion.
  • Paper plates and paper cups – These and similar paper goods should be kept in your pantry as they are more likely to attract roaches and other bugs in your garage.
  • Pet Food – Pet food should always be kept inside the house in a sealed container. Leaving them out will attract possums, raccoons or other animals.

Measure your garage

Take note of the following items before buying anything that you will use to store the items in your garage:

  • The dimensions of your whole garage
  • Size and location of windows, doors, switches, and receptacles
  • How much space your car takes up

Finally: Grouping them back together

  • Store gardening items that you use together close to one another so they’re easy to find when you need them, i.e. gardening tools, lawn chemicals and fertilizer
  • Put bulky equipment, like lawn mowers, in corners, where they won’t get bumped or knocked over by your car.
  • Frequently used items, like bikes, should be placed close to the garage door. This is so you don’t run the risk of accidentally damaging your car when getting these items out.
  • Rarely used items or those that you only use a few months in a year should be kept in the hard-to-reach spots in your garage so you don’t waste other available spaces.

Bonus Tip!

To maximize the floor space in your garage, see to it that items are kept off the floor whenever possible. This avoids clutter build-up and ultimately results in having less and less need for tidying up.

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Stop Procrastinating

By |October 16th, 2018|

Stop Procrastinating: Why should you get rid of your stuff?

 

Procrastinating is one of the biggest blocks in your journey to an organized home and a seamless moving experience. Be it being too sentimental about the things you’ve accumulated in all the chapters of your life or your myriad of reasons on why you just can’t bring yourself to let go of stuff. No time, what if I can fit into them again, I’ll get those fixed soon (but never did in years), it was too expensive or I could learn to use that someday. I could go on and on, but what you’re really here for is to get some sense and finally get out of that rut in the lazy limbo. So here are 10 reasons why you should get rid of your stuff before moving to a new home.

 

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Time

Getting rid of things as soon as you know that you will be moving is a huge time saver. Starting sooner than later gives you time to sort through the really important stuff that you will keep and what really needs to go. Once you’re over this hurdle, it will be a lot faster to pack your stuff.

 

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Money

There will surely be some valuable items in the things that you decide on letting go of. Why not make money off of them? Set up a garage sale or sell these items online. Make sure that you sort through your stuff and have designated bins for which ones will be sold, donated or trashed. This way, the items that should be for sale won’t get mixed up with items for the trash or for donation.

 

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Energy

Unnecessarily holding onto things takes up emotional energy. While getting rid of things can be hard at first, you’ll find that it makes room for space not only in your home but more importantly, in your everyday life. This is especially true if the stuff that you end up getting rid of goes to goodwill or to friends and family whom you know will have more use out of these items.

 

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Progress

Take the leap! Start with one hour a week then gradually increase the time that you take to sort through your stuff and deciding on which ones should be left with you. You’ll be surprised with how much progress you can make in just a short span of time.

 

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Potential

Unused or unwanted items are just accumulating dust and ultimately just losing their potential to be used for their original purpose. Forgotten shoes and bags get worn out without ever seeing the light of day, makeup or skincare products go bad without ever being opened, or brand new clothes get holes from moths or ants. You get the point. So let them go. Someone else will get lots of use out of it!

 

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Downsizing

The less stuff you have, the more you’ll appreciate the value of seeing what’s really important. The less you’ll want to accumulate more stuff in the future and the less you’ll spend.

 

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Clean

Think about it. The less stuff you have, the easier it is to maintain a clean and organized home.

 

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Good Deed

A lot of the things that you take for granted could mean a lot for other people. Think about that the next time you still decide to keep stuff that you know you will never use. Each time you donate anything to goodwill, you do a good deed. You get to help other people while enriching your spirit.

 

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Perspective

Believe it or not, drowning in clutter and having an unorganized home could more or less block your thought process and hinder decision making. Freeing yourself from this will open your eyes to see what’s really important for you to focus your time and energy into.

 

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Space

Enjoy your clear open spaces and the happiness it brings you! Feel the openness in your life and welcome in good things. Some worthwhile alone time or spending more time with friends and family.

 

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Never clean your house again

By |October 16th, 2018|

Never Clean Your House Again: Practice these habits to keep your house clean and clutter-free

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Better habits save you time and keep your life stress-free by never having to deal with so much clutter in your home. Start cleaning and tidying up before the mess starts by following these simple tips.

 

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1. Don’t let the dishes pile up

Wash the dishes right away. Think about it, washing four or five dishes a day is way better than dealing with thirty dishes at the end of the week. This also applies to the dishes that pile up when you’re cooking. Wash the things that you use while you’re waiting for the water to boil, rather than having pots and pans pile up.

 

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2. Put things back where they came from

Avoid clutter by putting books, toys and other stuff where they belong. This will help avoid that pile of stuff on your coffee table or your nightstand.

 

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3. A minimalist bed

Sure, it’s nice to have some decorative pillows and throw blankets to maintain a perfectly styled bed, but let’s keep it to a minimum. The fewer steps it takes to make your bed every morning, the more likely you’ll actually do it.

 

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4. No balled-up socks

Keeping the entryway clean is very challenging, especially when you or other people in your household don’t have the habit of doing so. Put shoes and coats away after entering the house, take off your socks and put them straight in the hamper instead of leaving them balled up everywhere. Another good thing to have is a mini area that will act as a mudroom. Have a tray or rack for dirty shoes and wet coats. This way, you’ll avoid messing up the entryway or getting mud in your carpet, this will require minimal periodic cleaning.

 

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5. Clean as you go

Wipe down spills and food stains right away instead of leaving them for later. The less build-up, the easier it is to clean. Mildew, grease, and food stains are not a good look for your house.

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6. Don’t have that special “chair”

You know that one chair in the corner of your room with piles of clothes in it? Yes, that one. It’s like a magnet for clutter. Avoid that by putting your clothes away every night. If your clothes still have one use left in them, at least fold them nicely instead of just tossing them on that lazy-trap chair.

 

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7. Edit

Don’t own extras. Check for mismatched sheets and pillowcases that you don’t really use anymore, or extra items in your kitchen like Tupperware lids, cheese graters, and similar stuff. Edit them out and watch the clutter disappear, opening up more space in your home.

 

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8. Command Center

Have a designated command center in your home. That’s where your keys, bills, and mail should go. This way, you’ll avoid losing your keys and having to mess up the whole house looking for them. Another important benefit to this is avoiding that pile of envelopes in your coffee table and losing track of important bills and mail.

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Garage Storage Must Haves

By |October 16th, 2018|

Garage Storage Must-Haves

 

If you haven’t thought about streamlining your storage solutions for the items in your garage, the time is now! Taking this extra but, a definitely necessary step will make a world of difference in your organization game. Here are some of the most recommended storage products for garages.

Stackable clear, plastic bins with lids

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Simply using cardboard boxes to store items in the garage simply won’t do. This is especially true when the items that are to be stored are used regularly. Storing them in clear, plastic bins makes it easier for you to see what’s inside them – eliminating the need to open each one just to get it right 7 boxes later.

Sample Product:
Rubbermaid Roughneck Clear storage boxes

 

Clear jars in different sizes

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Clean out empty food jars and store small items like nuts, bolts, screws, nails and similar items. It goes to say that like items should go in the same jar. Take an extra step and label each jar so you can easily spot them when you need them.

 

Lockable Cabinet

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Use a sturdy, lockable cabinet to store power tools, lawn chemicals, as well as similar items that you wouldn’t want your kids to get into. A good recommendation is the Enviro Elements 68-inch Resin Multipurpose Cabinet.

 

Label Maker

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Bad handwriting? No problem! A label maker will do the trick for you so you won’t have to squint your eyes to decipher sloppy handwriting.

 

Sample Product:
Dynamo Organizer Xpress Embosser

 

Open Shelves

Open Shelves

 

Open shelving units are gaining more popularity in the past few years due to the easy access it offers. Not to mention that it’s cheaper than closed built-in storage cabinets. The easy access is much celebrated in the garage tool since you don’t need any additional clearance to swing any doors open.

Another advantage of open shelves is that since their contents are readily seen, you will feel more compelled to keep it tidy, whereas closed cabinets give you an excuse to put off organizing its contents for later. And that’s how clutter starts piling up. Although you can still opt to have one or two closed cabinets for items that need to be protected from dust and dirt.
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Sample Product:
Fleximounts WS13 3-Tier Storage Wall Shelves

 

Pegboards

 

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Pegboards are widely available, easy to install and are easily customizable. But one thing that you need to keep in mind about these storage solutions is that they are only recommended for hanging lightweight hand tools and similar items. Remember that it is not safe and sturdy enough for hanging heavy objects.

Sample Product:
Hardboard Pegboard

 

Overhead Space

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More to store? Look up! The garage ceiling is a great spot for hanging long, flat stuff that you don’t use very often, such as ladders, fishing rods, and seasonal sports gear, like surfboards and skis. It’s important to make sure that anything that you hang from the ceiling does not interfere with the operation of your garage door. Also, see to it that there is enough clearance between the items and the roof of your car to avoid any potential damage to the roof of your car.

Sample Product:
Feximounts GR48 4′ X 8′ Overhead Garage Storage Rack

 

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30-day declutter challenge

By |October 2nd, 2018|

Stress-Free Decluttering: The 30-Day Declutter Challenge

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Decluttering your home all in one go will surely take a toll on you. If you think about it, even decluttering just one portion of a home can be overwhelming. Taking this task and making it more manageable in a 30-day period plan could work better and is guaranteed to be a lot less stressful.

Depending on how your home is set up and what your hobbies and interests are, the items or rooms that need more attention will vary. Single women might focus on decluttering clothes, shoes, makeup and similar items as oppose to a mother of two kids who loves to cook and do DIY projects. There’s still some items that are common ground in every home, like the “thing” drawer or a junk drawer – you know that drawer where you put any random item in? Yes, that one. Here are some suggestions for a 30-day decluttering project, the list is definitely customizable depending on where you want to focus the decluttering and organization of the areas in your home.

DAY 1
Clean out one junk drawer – it will still be a junk drawer, but you have to make room for the new junk you will put in there.

DAY 2
Purge closets of things that haven’t been worn in over a year. This also includes clothing items that are beyond repair.

DAY 3
Organize the clothes that are left.

DAY 4
Clean off your TV stand or end table.

DAY 5
Go through your mail pile.

DAY 6
Go through your magazines and clear out old issues.

DAY 7
Discard old books – donate them.

DAY 8
Purge two kitchen cabinets. You can start with the tupperware cabinet or drawer.

DAY 9
Clean out your wallet. Old receipts, discount cards or coupons that you no longer use, etc.

DAY 10
Clean out your purse(s)/bags.

DAY 11
Go through your makeup drawer or makeup bag and throw out expired items. Set aside ones that don’t match your color or items that you don’t reach for. Give them away to friends and family.

DAY 12
Organize your linen closet.

DAY 13
Go through your shoe rack. Check for shoes that need to be fixed and throw away those that are beyond repair.

DAY 14
Clean out almost empty or empty containers in the bathroom/shower.

DAY 15
Purge your bathroom cabinets. Throw out expired items.

DAY 16
Purge your medicine cabinet. Throw out expired medicine, gauze, vitamins, etc.

DAY 17
Check your refrigerator and throw out old items.

DAY 18
Clear off your kitchen counters. The only items that should remain there are the ones that you regularly use.

DAY 19
Empty another junk drawer.

DAY 20
Go through pantry/kitchen cabinets with food items and throw out old food.

DAY 21
Go through your spice rack or condiments rack and throw out old or empty ones.

DAY 22
Have your kids help you in picking out toys that they no longer like. Sell them at a garage sale or donate them.

DAY 23
Organize toys that are left. Have your kids help out with this activity too, so they know where everything should go after they’re done playing with them.

DAY 24
Throw out craft projects that you haven’t finished in 6 months. If you’re certain that you will be able to work on some projects before the year ends, organize them and make sure that you organize them better and get a better storage system so they don’t end up as clutter.

DAY 25
Sort the items in your garage. Which ones should be thrown out? Which ones could be sold? Which ones are you keeping?

DAY 26
Garage day 2: Organize what’s left in your garage. Hang tools in peg boards, sort similar items in sturdy bins and put power tools in a storage cabinet with locks – especially if you have kids.

DAY 27
Clean out your car.

DAY 28
Organize and discard empty/worn out cleaning supplies.

DAY 29
Organize/clean out pet supplies.

DAY 30
Clean the house or (if you’re comfortable with it) hire someone to clean it for you. You’d probably want to take this time to reward yourself for a job well done.

When you’re done and your home is as organized as it’s ever been, it’s highly recommended that you and other people in your home take steps in making sure that the house is always clean and free of clutter. Check out this blog about never having to clean your house again. You’ve worked too hard to have your house be a mess again!

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Things to throw away

By |September 29th, 2018|

120 Things to Throw Away: Pave the Way to a Decluttered Home! 

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When you let clutter build up for a while, you’ll find it really hard to start cleaning out the mess in your home. It’s time-consuming, frustrating, not to mention could also be quite overwhelming. Being overwhelmed by the idea of decluttering mostly stems from the idea that you have to be done with it all in one go. I find that taking baby steps by throwing away one or two types of items per day will help you get started. Now throwing away doesn’t really mean throwing things in the trash. You can put them in a bin for a garage sale, recycle or donate them. Look at the real act of throwing things away as a last resort. Here’s a list to help you get started:

  1. Mismatched earrings
  2. Scraps of wrapping paper
  3. Cards people have given you with no sentimental value
  4. Receipts you don’t need
  5. Socks with holes
  6. Old T-Shirts
  7. Dried up flowers
  8. Old magazines
  9. CDs/DVDs
  10. Hair elastics that have lost stretchiness
  11. Hair accessories you don’t use
  12. Shoes that don’t fit or that you don’t wear anymore
  13. Mismatched flip flops
  14. Extra photo prints
  15. Kitchen items that you don’t use or have doubles of, i.e. 5 potato peelers when you only need one or two
  16. Worn out underwear
  17. Scarves you never wear
  18. Clothes that don’t fit
  19. Gifts you don’t like
  20. Old towels
  21. Expired makeup
  22. Frayed makeup brushes
  23. Old nail polish
  24. Old toiletries
  25. Old or unused hangers
  26. Skincare or makeup samples that you’ve been meaning to try out but never got around to
  27. Extra buttons
  28. Expired condiments
  29. Toys your pets don’t play with
  30. Expired medication/supplements
  31. Bills you don’t need to keep
  32. Expired coupons
  33. Old paperwork
  34. Old newspaper
  35. Rusty nails, screws etc
  36. Damaged clothes that are beyond repair
  37. Damaged shoes that are beyond repair
  38. Stained clothes that you can’t clean
  39. Old prom dresses
  40. Old children’s clothes
  41. Outdated electronics
  42. Board games with missing pieces
  43. Rusty jewelry
  44. Scratched non-stick cookware
  45. Old swimwear that’s losing its stretch
  46. Old hosiery
  47. Pens that don’t work
  48. Broken crayons
  49. Necklaces and bracelets with broken clasps
  50. Cables and wires you don’t use
  51. Worn-out sheets and beddings
  52. Empty or near-empty bottles of cleaning products
  53. Broken electronics
  54. Purses you never use
  55. Dingy plates
  56. Flatware, plates and glasses that don’t match the rest of your collection
  57. Old pillows
  58. Wedding invites
  59. Save-the-dates
  60. Wedding favors you don’t use
  61. Worn-out shoes
  62. Old wallets that you don’t use
  63. Broken kitchen equipment
  64. Spare furniture parts you don’t need
  65. Furniture manuals
  66. Boxes
  67. Unused vases
  68. Extra tupperware you don’t need
  69. Tupperware lids
  70. Old mail
  71. Junk mail
  72. Travel brochures
  73. Old bobby pins
  74. Markers that have run out of ink
  75. Random containers and jars
  76. Unused stationery, stickers, and sticky notes
  77. Ripped denim
  78. Old artwork or old children’s artwork
  79. Used and ripped envelopes
  80. Broken or old iPhone cases
  81. Old unused batteries
  82. Extra and unused coffee mugs
  83. Old spices
  84. Address labels for your old house
  85. Wrinkled ribbon and bows for gift wrap
  86. Cards or gifts from exes
  87. Frequent shopper cards you never use
  88. Matchbooks
  89. Old shopping bags
  90. Old calendars
  91. Old folders
  92. Broken fridge magnets
  93. Outdated clothes
  94. Makeup that you don’t reach for
  95. Broken Christmas decorations
  96. Christmas lights that don’t work
  97. Frayed towels
  98. Expired food
  99. Computer cords, firewire cord, etc. that you don’t use
  100. Old and outdated software
  101. CDs for old computer programs
  102. Old cell phones
  103. Hand-me-downs that you’re guilt-tripped into keeping
  104. Freebie or promotional t-shirts you never wear
  105. Old fortune cookie fortunes
  106. Old bank statements
  107. Old planners
  108. Delete email subscriptions from sites
  109. Delete emails you don’t need
  110. Delete unwanted music from your iTunes
  111. Unsubscribe from YouTube channels that you don’t really watch
  112. Base products that don’t match your skin tone
  113. Skincare products that did not work out for you
  114. Mismatched socks
  115. Old school books you’ll never use again
  116. Papers you have backed up on the computer
  117. Books you’ve already read and don’t want to display
  118. Cell phone covers that you don’t want anymore
  119. Old manuals to electronics
  120. Cell phone accessories you don’t use anymore

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Flat surface clutter

By |September 21st, 2018|

Flat Surface Clutter – How to keep clutter away from flat surfaces in your home

Look at some of the flat surfaces in your home. Don’t we all have one or more of them that we just can’t keep free from clutter? It’s an ongoing battle – like laundry! Here are a few steps that you can take to keep these clutter magnets neat and clear.

First, identify the flat surfaces in your home that always seem to accumulate clutter. Here are a few common ones:

  • Kitchen counters
  • Dining room table
  • Coffee table
  • The foot of the bed
  • Random chairs around the house
  • Home office table
  • Top of dressers
  • Night stand

A temporary fix is to take at least 10-15 minutes a day to remove clutter from one or two of these surfaces. Put things back to where they belong or arrange the things that are supposed to be there but are in disarray. But really, what we’re looking for is how to make sure that random things don’t accumulate on these surfaces again, right? So the process continues with identifying what items are constantly accumulated as clutter. Most of these are items that don’t really have a home, so once you know what these are, make sure that they have a place for them to go to. Here are a few solutions.

Kitchen clutter – Put away small kitchen appliances that you don’t really use that often, like your panini press. These are some of the big ones that contribute the most in making your kitchen counters look like they’re cluttered when they’re not. Minimize the number of plates, bowls, glasses, mugs, and serving bowls and plates that are out for easy access. Unless you have a whole neighborhood dining in your home everyday, put the other ones away and just take them out when you’re ready to use them.

Dining room clutter – The dining room table is usually cluttered with grocery bags, school bags and purses, and sometimes have crayons and papers that kids leave out too. Make sure that groceries get put away as soon as you arrive home. This goes the same for purses and school bags. If you have kids who use the dining room table as their “art room”, look at this as an opportunity to decorate! Get decorative boxes that will house crayons, pencils and the like. You can put these boxes in the middle of the dining room table without giving away the fact that there are actually art supplies in them. Don’t forget to brief your kids about this change so they’ll know where to get their stuff and where to put them back.

 

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Living room clutter –The living room is a magnet for stacks of mail and bills, shoes, keys and other stuff. A fool-proof way to keep this area organized is to have a command center in your entryway. Designate bins where you can organize important mail and bills, get a catchall for keys, have a shoe rack that will house at least 6 pairs of shoes to keep shoes away from the floor, put a small bin beside the shoe rack where used socks can go so they’re not balled up on the floor, put a coat rack and an umbrella rack in the corner – basically customize your entryway for it to be specific to your needs.

Bedroom clutter –This is where the most random stuff end up in. Tops of dressers, nightstands, the foot of the bed, and “the chair” – oh that chair! Here are some solutions to keep these surfaces clear. Designate small bins, organizers and hooks to house hair ties, jewelry, sunglasses and other random stuff that clutter the tops of your dresser. This goes the same for nightstands. It helps if the bins and organizers that you choose are a little more decorative too. As for those worn-once clothes that end up at the foot of the bed or in your “special chair”, consider having a separate hamper or basket for clothes that you’re still planning to wear one more time (or two – no judgement here) before laundering.

Finally, to prevent these clutter magnets from getting out of control again, it’s definitely necessary to build better habits. Make sure that everyone in the house is aware of where things should go and what the bins are for. These solutions are not useful after all if you’re the only one who knows about them.


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