How To Unclutter Your Home

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How To Unclutter Your Home

  • Make a date with yourself to unclutter.
  • Set aside 15-30 minutes on a given day, decide where to begin, and spend the time in one area. If it is on your calendar, you can do it!
  • Play the game “Keep or Toss” –Ask yourself these yes/no questions
    1. Has anyone in the household used this item in the past year
    2. Do I have a definite use for this in the foreseeable future
    3. If it’s broken, is it worth fixing?
    4. Does this item serve a worthwhile purpose in my life?
    5. Do I need to keep it for legal or tax purposes?
    6. Is it more important to me to keep this item than to have the space it occupies?
    7. Does anyone in the household love it?
    8. Would it be difficult or expensive for me to get another one?
    9. Scoring: There are no ‘right’ or ‘wrong’ answers, but a “yes” answer to any one of the above questions provides a sound reason to keep that item.
    10. A “No” answer, gives you good reason to toss it.
  • When looking around your home ask yourself, “What have I got here?”
    1. Eliminate the things that do not belong in that area
    2. Everything has a place
    3. Put these items in the appropriate place and yes, trash is one of the locations
    4. Now choose categories. For example, Garage category might include automotive, lawn and garden, tools, and sports equipment.
    5. Plan your strategy on paper before beginning to physically sort the items
    6. Once you’ve established the major categories, next determine the most convenient place to store each group of items.
    7. Decide what type of container, hook or shelf will work best to help store these items.
    8. Then gather up all items that belong within a category and take those items back to where they belong. Repeat this step until you are done.
  • Some organizers suggest that you label everything
    1. Buy a battery-operated label maker
    2. Print labels on white transparent tape
    3. Use the labels to indicate where things go on a shelf and in cabinets and drawers
    4. Use the label maker to identify file folders, storage cartons, and more.
  • House Rules
    1. If you take it out, put it back
    2. If you carry it in, carry it out.
    3. If you borrow it, return it.
    4. If you open it, close it.
    5. If you throw it down, pick it up.
    6. If you take it off, hang it up.
    7. If you break it, fix it.
  • Take Action : IF SOMETHING NEEDS TO BE DONE, DO SOMETHING ABOUT IT IN THE FIRST TWO MINUTS YOU THINK ABOUT IT
  • Follow the 12 month rule
    1. If you haven’t touched something in the last 12months, chances are you won’t touch it in the future
    2. Clothes and sporting goods are the worst offenders
    3. If there is an item that has lots of meaning to you, store it with your keepsakes
    4. If you must hold on to very old financial paperwork, put it in a remote storage place.
    5. Free up valuable space in your active storage area by getting rid of items you don’t use
  • If you find it difficult to get rid of junk, think before bringing anything into your home.
    1. Learn to say “no thanks” to things you don’t want or need.
  • Have you ever wondered how long food stays fresh in the refrigerator? Here’s a safety sake IQ test. How long should you keep the following items in the refrigerator?
    1. Fresh fish? 1-2 days
    2. Ground Meat? 1-2 days
    3. Fresh chicken or turkey? 1-2 days
    4. Fresh beef or veal? 3-5 days
    5. Hot dogs? 7 days if opened
    6. Deli? 3-5 days if opened
    7. Raw eggs? 4 – 5 weeks
    8. Boiled eggs? 7 days
    9. Egg, chicken, tuna and macaroni salads? 3 -5 days
    10. Soups and stews, cooked poultry, cooked meat and meat dishes? 3-4 days
    11. Store-cooked items? 3-4 days
    12. Commercial mayonnaise? 2 months after opening.
  • Cookbooks need organization also
    1. Follow the keep or toss points with cookbooks
    2. Give your extra, not-needed cookbooks to second hand stores so other cooks can enjoy the recipes
    3. Cookbooks that you keep should be kept by category or alphabetize
    4. Or, arrange by height, tallest to shortest
    5. Make sure that the spine is flush with the edge of the shelf and lined up for easy view of the cookbook and less dusting
    6. Organize loose recipes by storing them in a 3-ring binder and slip them into plastic photograph album sleeves
    7. Use divider tabs to create sections or use several binders to create your own cookbooks
  • Tablecloth storage
    1. Hang an over-the door-towel rod on the inside of your linen closet
    2. Keep table linens from creasing by padding the rods with paper towel tubes
    3. Slice the tube lengthwise and roll them over the rod

 

2018-06-07T23:58:56+00:00 May 15th, 2018|Categories: Junk Removal, Tips & Tricks|Tags: , , , , |