Tuesday, January 8, 2019

31 Days to Organization - Day 8: Take Baby Steps

Happy New Year! January is a time to start fresh...to begin again with a fresh, clean start...so it is only appropriate that January is National Organization Month! And since many people make a New Year's resolution to become more organized, I'll be posting organization tips every day for the month of January.

Day 8 - When De-Cluttering, Start Small

If you're new to de-cluttering, you don't want to tackle something as large as the garage for your first project. Start with small baby steps. Perhaps a "junk drawer" in the kitchen or your nightstand drawer. Try de-cluttering your magazine bin. Do you really need all those issues from the past year? Does anyone still read them?

Once you've completed several small de-cluttering tasks, you'll be able to move on to larger projects. You may even find yourself enjoying it! The more clutter you dispose of or "tame", the more free space you'll have for the important stuff and the easier it will be to organize...

Try these small de-cluttering exercises:
  • Bookshelves: Start with one bookshelf. Get rid of any books that you are not absolutely attached to. If a time comes when you want to read a particular book again after it's been tossed, you can always borrow it from the library.
  • Medicine Cabinet: Discard all expired medicines as well as any lotions, sprays, etc. that you haven't used in the last year. If you can't remember the last time you used it, toss it out. Group the rest of the items into categories such as "first aid", "medicines", "toiletries" and so on.
  • Purse, Bookbag or Briefcase: Empty out your purse, bookbag or briefcase. Put back only those things that are essential. Keep loose items contained with a purse organizer or zipper-sealed bags. You only need one pen. Keep it with your notepad with a rubber band. File away (or shred) the receipts. Enter stray phone numbers in your phone or phone book. Tackle or toss/shred loose papers.
After several small de-cluttering tasks, you will probably notice you develop a zeal for de-cluttering. You'll get a taste of the un-cluttered life and you'll like it. A new habit will form. A good habit. The habit of being clutter-free.


Forget rummaging! Drawer Dividers, drawer trays, small containers and small boxes can all be used to turn your "junk drawer" into an organized "supplies" drawer. Shown above: STORi Clear Plastic Drawer Organizers in 3" x 3" x 2" and  9" x 3" x 2" sizes.

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