Welcome Guest Blogger, Geralin Thomas from Metropolitan Organizing, LLC…
Would you like to declutter your home, but don’t have a lot of time available?
If you’ve always dreamed of getting organized and staying organized, the best approach is going to be through small, steady steps. Regardless of your clutter personality type, everyone benefits by making a plan.
Pick any five things below and prune one from your home each day for the next five days. You’ll begin to see results, without taking time away from other important activities.
- Hangers from the dry cleaners
- Plastic stadium cups
- Sweaters with fuzz balls
- Orphan socks
- Widowed food containers
- Dried up cans of paint
- Broken VCRs
- Dishes you never use
- Shoes that hurt your feet
- Trophies from your childhood
- Clothes with stains
- Florist’s vases
- Outdated computer equipment
- Outdated video equipment
- Expired coupons, warranties, and contracts
- Expired vitamins and medications
- Junk mail and greeting cards
- Receipts from the grocery store
- Schedules and invitations to past events
- Instructions to items you don’t own anymore
- Business cards from people whose name you don’t recognize
- Photos that you don’t love
- Charity solicitations (only keep the ones you plan on giving to)
- Recipes that are too difficult, too time consuming or too expensive to prepare
- Tourist brochures
- Paperback books that you will never re-read
When you discard unwanted and unneeded items, please do so responsibly. Nearly everything can be recycled or reused in some other way, so be sure to find out what facilities are available in your area. Here’s how to dispose of a few common household items:
- Documents including your name and address or other personal information should be shredded to protect your identity
- Coupons, recipes, business cards, and other non-identifying paper items should be put in your blue box for recycling
- Metal hangers can be returned to your local drycleaners for reuse
- Electronics, paint, and other potentially hazardous waste should be taken to an appropriate facility to be recycled or disposed of safely
- Dishes can be donated to a charity who will either pass them on to someone in need or sell them and use the proceeds to fund their programs and services
- Stained and torn clothing can be worked into building materials, rags, or other purposes
- Expired prescription drugs should not be flushed down the toilet or tossed in the trash – visit http://www.disposemymeds.org to locate a pharmacy who takes back drugs for safe disposal
The following week, choose five more items from the list and prune one each day. Repeat this process for a few weeks in a row, until you’ve pruned everything on the list.
Small, gradual tasks, done slowly can be your formula for organizing success!
Geralin Thomas is a professional organizer and founder of Metropolitan Organizing. She has been featured on several television and media outlets, including A&E’s “Hoarders” and The Fine Living Network. For more on Geralin and Metropolitian Organizing, visit her website at http://http://www.metropolitanorganizing.com/. For more information from Geralin’s recent appearance on The Nate Berkus Show visit http://www.thenateshow.com.