Wixii, Angela Cody Rouget, founder and certified organizer of Major Moms generously shares several expert tips to start de-cluttering. Major Moms is a professional organizing company that helps individuals and families to have a more manageable and orderly household without embarrassment or judgment. She reminds us: “Wise people reach out for help when they need to get you back on track.” Let’s get wise together!
Each time you come home, take in an armful of items from your car. Getting into a clean car is such a great feeling!
Make a pledge to use up your current inventory of lotions, hair care, and other personal products before buying more. If you’re really honest and don’t see yourself using them, toss them out!
You can’t afford to keep paying bills late. Sign up for auto-pay on recurring bills and cancel paper statements. Assign one collection point for non-recurring bills and select one day each month to pay those bills.
If someone held all your clothing hostage and you had to pay a ransom for each item you wanted back, which pieces would you pay for? Those are the clothes you love. Donate the others.
Have 3 boxes: donate, elsewhere, and trash. Start in one room, working clockwise. Items that you find that belong in another room go in the ‘elsewhere’ box. Items you don’t need go in ‘donate.’ Work for 20 minutes each day and then put things from the elsewhere box in the appropriate rooms.
Minimize cleaning time by minimizing your décor. Donate items that are no longer inspiring to you and that feel outdated or tired-looking.
The locale for everything gadget-y. Thin out specialty tools that rarely get used. Store them elsewhere in a seasonal or entertaining area or let them go.
Take the frustration out of meal planning. Subscribe to online meal-planning sites such as www.e-mealz.com, www.foodonthetable.com, or www.myweeklyfig.com.
Perhaps the most overwhelming of all. Imagine being paperless, how good that would feel! Start by going paperless. Cancel magazine & catalog subscriptions (call the 800# inside, it only takes 2 minutes!) and junkmail (www.donotmail.org).
Plan out your week or month in advance. Mark down work commitments and personal time. What tasks, errands, appointments and events are you going to do? Kindly say no to events that would require you to over-commit yourself. Simply say, “I’d love to, but I already have commitments that day.”
Too many toys in the room? Put some aside and rotate toys every few weeks to keep things fresh for the kids. They’ll ask for their favorites. Are there toys they never seem to miss or they’ve outgrown? You guessed it, donate or toss them!
For more complementary tips from expert organizers, visit the Major Moms website.