Get Organized Now!
Mid-Week Mini Edition
By Maria Gracia
May 24, 2017
A Combination that Results in Lots of Clutter
Out of all the rooms in my house, my daughter's walls have been painted
over the most. They started as a pale baby green, then pink, then purple, then
teal, now white...with one turquoise wall, and now (she's 13 years old) she's
talking about going 'all white.' At the same time, she wants to use her saved
allowance to change her room decor a bit.
She embraces newness in her life. At the same time, she has a tough time
letting go of current possessions.
This is a combination that results in lots of clutter.
So, before she buys anything new, she knows she has to weed out some old. I've
been helping her do this, a little bit each night, for 15 minutes at a time.
I haven't pushed her at all...she actually has been asking me if I would assist
her, and I've been readily helping.
She knows what she doesn't want and doesn't need. She just wants me there for
moral support, conversation, and so she doesn't have to work on it alone.
She's been putting all her cast-offs into boxes, and will be hosting a garage
sale in a few months.
You may be able to apply this to your life as well:
1) Don't attempt to organize an overload of stuff, without getting rid of
anything. Your first step should always be to weed out some of what you have
2) Perform the math. Same goes with adding something. If you have an
overload, don't add without subtracting.
3) Find a kind heart. Once you are ready to weed out and/or organize your
belongings, if you find yourself procrastinating, it may be because you need
someone else there to make it less daunting and more palatable. Ask a loved one
or friend to be there for you...even if they just sit there and 'be with you'
while you're doing it.
4) Host a garage sale. Doing so is a great way to get rid of
clutter...and it helps others find useable items they need for a fraction of the
When it comes to getting and staying organized, the most basic of concepts
can be just what you need to accomplish a whole lot.
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Working to Battle Clutter
I am constantly working to battle clutter and can feel overwhelmed by all the
'stuff' in the house. I recently made a list of every area of my home, for
example, 'back closet,' 'half bathroom,' 'front closet,' 'kitchen,' and so on.
Each day I choose the next area on the list and do one of three things:
1. a major purge
2. a 30-minute clean-out session or
3. a 'fly-by' toss (meaning I spend very little time, but get rid of at least
This method has helped me feel that I can continue to make progress throughout
the house without feeling like each area has to be perfect before I can move on.
It also allows me to make at least SOME progress, even on my busiest days. When
I reach the end of the list, I start over, spending more sessions in bigger or
more cluttered areas.
Lonette Gregersen from Appleton, Wisconsin
'I'm in the mom phase of life and thankful for a healthy family!'
I Hoard Hotel Toiletries
My husband and I are retired and we travel a lot. I always take the hotel
toiletries before we check out of our room. Although I never use them for myself
(because I use the brands of shampoo, conditioner, lotion, and soaps that I
like,) I can't bear leaving them behind. I feel that if I paid for the hotel
room, the toiletries are mine. My husband thinks I should leave them behind.
First, he feels it's kind of like taking something that's not mine...and second,
because I've built up a huge collection of these at home, which is true, and we
only have guests occasionally. Your thoughts?
Response from Maria Gracia
As long as you're just taking the toiletries you mentioned, and not the towels,
you're safe. They're not only provided as a convenience to the guests who may
have forgotten these items at home, but also act as gentle reminders when you
get home of what a lovely time you had--in the hopes of you having them in
your posession will entice you to return.
Accumulating large quantities of these at home, though, is clutter. So, here are
1. Give them a whirl. While I have my favorite brands I use most of the
time, it's kind of fun to try something new now and then.
2. Give to those in need. Most charities and shelters would be happy to
have these for anyone less fortunate.
3. Save SOME for guests. Save a week's worth of these for guest use in
your guest bathroom.
4. Give them to family members. Check with other adult family members to
see if they can use them...perhaps your kids who shower at the gym, or your
grandkids who shower at the pool--so they don't have to carry along the
heavier, bulkier full-size ones.
By the way, some hotel chains are recycling toiletries through global non-
profits that get soap, lotions, and shampoos to people who need them. So,
perhaps you'll leave them behind in hotels that participate, knowing your
'leave behind donation' is going to a good cause.
Hope this helps!
Unclutter your life. Unclutter your home. We feel best when everything and
everyone around us is in harmony and in balance.The peace and the beauty of your
home will raise you up, and give energy to your goals.
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And remember...Being organized creates a happier,
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