Organization Series: Time 2 Declutter

Happy Monday everyone!

We’re getting back to our organization series on 4mommyvibez.com. If you’re a returning reader welcome back and I you’re new welcome to the 4mommyvibez blog! If you like what you see don’t forget to comment, like, and follow for future content. We talk about organizing, family, lifestyle, and so much more. I don’t want you missing out and would love to have you join the 4mommyvibez  community.

Today’s post we’re going to focus on decluttering our homes and office spaces. We’ve all heard the saying “Out with the old and in with the new.” That’s exactly what we are going to do!

Many people struggle with organization because they get stuck at the decluttering stage. If this so happens to be you I encourage you to continue reading as I am going to give  you some tips on how to declutter like a PRO!

Let’s get started!

 

Tip Number 1: Choose Your Starting Point

I think the number one complaint I get from my clients is I don’t know where to start! There are several ways you can start:

-Start in an area that gives you the most headache. By conquering the beast you’ll build your confidence for the rest of your home/office/ car or wherever area it is that requires a little TLC.

-Start in a common area. A lot of my clients like to start small and work their way through the rest of the home/office/ car, etc. Most of the time my clients choose a space such as the kitchen or family room and work their way through the rest of the home.

-Top to bottom or bottom to top. Sometimes I like to create a goal list based off of my clients need. By having them start from the least used area to the most cluttered or vice versa I am once again boosting my clients confidence in organizing their space by having them take this approach.

Tip # 2 Prioritize by creating sorting piles.

One of the easiest way to declutter is by creating category piles and turning those piles into more manageable piles. Example for paper clutter I like to do:

Bill Pile

Magazines/ Newspapers

Important documents

Etc.

*For paper if you can go paperless DO IT! If you are afraid to go wireless than I recommend only keeping the most recent of the documents and scanning all previous copies onto a usb for back up purposes. Of course if it’s an important document you want to have the originals in a safe place and certified copies in a safety deposit box. Other wise when one new item comes in two must go.

Tip #3: Create subgroups.

Group items into several categories by itemizing type I.E. Papers, Clothes, Shoes, Toys, etc.

Once you have your categories you can now make your subgroups to sort through I suggest 5 subgroups.

The subgroups that I tend to use with my clients are as follows:

Keep

Trash

Donate- (Make sure you take the items to a non-profit organization to obtain proper paper work so that you can get a Tax Credit!)

Family/ Friend gift

Come back later-(By the time you get to this pile you would have mastered whether you really want to keep the item or get rid of it.)

Tip #4: Consider importance.

I have had clients that I consider my Free Spirit Personality types. These are the individuals most people call pack rats or hoarders. I find it’s easier to work with them by going through each subgroup and determine the actual value of the item to the person rather than trying to force them to get rid of things.

For instance if they have 3 coffee pots I tell them to keep the one they are most frequented to use. Give two away. If they give me concerns about something happening to that one I tell them to keep the newest one and get rid of the current one in use if that’s their concern.

For family heirlooms I recommend taking photos of things that can’t be used unless it is extremely valuable than I recommend a safety deposit box, giving it to someone who could use it and WILL take care of it, or auction the item in private sales for collectors who will appreciate the value of the item.

For baby items from children I recommend creating a special box in which they frame the hospital hat, baby bracelet, first outfit, stats from birth. Everything else can me put into a photo album, the rest can go if it can’t be passed down. (No one wants your troops tattered blankets or clothes. Only give what you would want to receive.)

It takes a little negotiating but you are the only one who can determine if you truly need an item or if you could use the space for something more important. For storage units if you don’t have anywhere for the items to go within one year I recommend auctioning/ or selling the items in the unit off.

*On average an individual can spend upwards of $1,000 just storing items in a box that they may never use again. So just think about that and be REASONABLE.

Tip #5 Complete one area at a time.

Once you have COMPLETELY decluttered a room and only then should you finish organizing the room by evaluating the space, determining the bins, storage systems, etc. before moving onto another room/task. Otherwise you may spend money on things you don’t need or may not even have space for. The goal is to declutter not create more space for more things.

We want to remain tasteful not tacky.

Tip Number 6: Priortize a Routine

Once you’ve completed organizing an area make sure you set a time to come back to it periodically based on the frequent use of the space to make sure you maintain the order. For example, a kitchen is used everyday. So it’ll be simple to make sure things are being put back in the proper place.

I hope you enjoyed this post.

IIf you’re interested in more organization tips or would like to see how it’s done stay tuned for the 4mommyvibez Vlog series coming this November!

Until we meet again,

Happy Organizing

Ashley

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