Tips

At Your Fingertips

Do you spend time looking for items that should be at your fingertips? That cozy pair of socks? That favorite mixing bowl? We often complicate simple tasks with clutter, stacking things on top of other things, stuffing our belongings far beyond reach or tossed at the very back.

Here is a simple solution: When you start organizing/storing, prioritize items that you often use and give them a home. If you don’t have enough space for all of these items, you need to take a good look at what needs to go “bye bye.” Letting go is crucial to creating simplicity. If this seems overwhelming, start small by organizing one drawer, one cupboard at a time. Give yourself time to develop the habit of placing things where they are easy to reach. And as always, find delight in the process!

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“One In – One Out” Rule

For most of us, it’s way too easy to accumulate too much stuff! Implementing the “One In – One Out” Rule is a great habit to develop to help you maintain a clutter-free environment. It gives you an immediate opportunity to exchange a new item with one you no longer need.

Let’s say you’ve come home from shopping with a new pair of shoes – that’s “One In.” Find another clothing item to let go of. That “out” item can head to the recycle bin, or perhaps, you’ve already set up an ongoing bag for donations. Either way, you’re creating space and avoiding accumulating stuff that can eventually become overwhelming.

This is also a wonderful way to help young children learn and practice giving. My three-year old grandson has now started practicing going through his toys and giving some away to his chosen charity after receiving birthday and holiday gifts.

Remember: give yourself credit for accomplishing your One In – One Out rule. It takes some time and effort to develop a habit, even a positive one. Have fun organizing!

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Everything Needs a Home

Everything needs a home to always return to:  keys, glasses, pens, toys, books, CDs, wallet, purse, office supplies, remote, cell phone, and all the other possessions living with you.  This takes a bit of time and effort on your part to create a “home” for your objects, but it’s well worth it!

Developing special places for important items will save you time, energy, and even money.  Enjoy creating a little home for your possessions, then get in the habit of returning, let’s say, your keys to the little dish Auntie Em gave you on the table next to the front door, and, the scotch tape and scissors to the basket inside your desk.

And, how about those readers?  One or two pairs of reading glasses can get you through beautifully if you have one specific home for them instead of dozens of pairs hiding from you throughout the house.   You’ve looked and looked and you still can’t find even one pair because they’re in the depths of the couch, under the bed, smashed in the recycle bin, left in a friend’s car, or…who knows where??

You can start right now creating small homes with things you may already have that you can put to use for housing your important possessions.  Have fun with the process!  Then, practice practice practice 🙂