Crafts are fun. Crafting clutter – not so much. And it can be a huge challenge for people who also craft with their kids. Bins upon bins upon bins of glitter glue, scrapbooking paper, cutters, stencils, pencils….
The first challenge is really to be brutally honest with yourself. How much free time do you actually have to devote to crafting? Compare that to the size of your crafting supply stash. Adjust accordingly. What you decide to keep, get it organized by type and category, so when you do have time to craft, you don’t waste that time hunting down what you need!
Whatever you decide to donate, ask your kids’ teachers. Chances are they’ll welcome it with open arms. If they don’t, how about brightening the lives of women and kids in your local shelter? Now, go forth and declutter!
Take a look at your desktop. How would you describe it? Are your icons easily identified and found, or does it look the computer version of 285 at 5:30?
Ever heard the phrase ‘clear desk = clear mind’? Same with your computer desktop! Studies have shown that the average person spends 55 minutes each and every day looking for things they can’t find. An hour per day! Decluttering your PC desktop can help that dramatically.
Take 5-10 minutes today and clear your desktop of files you no longer need to keep (birthday planning notes from last month, software you don’t use, pictures that are fuzzy, et al) and move infrequently ones to a more logical location.
I like to include some intangible clutter in these challenges. Not because you can necessarily remove them from your life in a day (how awesome would that be?!) But because emotional clutter is so very often the cause of your physical clutter.
So, make some time today to really put some thought into the emotional clutter you’re carrying around. And decide how you can make ONE step forward TODAY to getting it out of your head.
First, I use the word ‘collectibles’ in quotes, because it’s really just a marketing term. The word ‘collectible’ does not denote actual value or any real return on investment. It simply means an item is able to be collected. That’s it!
So, let’s talk about collectibles. There are some that do have good resale value, but they’re few and far between. Does a perfect-condition-with-tag-never-been-used-first-edition Princess Diana Beanie Baby sell well on Ebay? Yep, it sure does. But the rest of that collection? Hardly pennies on the dollar. And yet they’re still stuffed in a bin in your attic, mouldering away.
Some collectibles you’ve inherited, but you didn’t really like them anyway. Some are representative of a past time of your life. This is a tough category of clutter for many people, and it’s okay to take it very slowly.
If that sounds familiar, set a goal. One box to go through per day. Too fast? One box to go through per week. For those who are less sentimental about things, fling away! My general rule of thumb is to not hold onto anything that brings back more negative memories than positive.
What are you holding onto for thoughts that it may be ‘collectible’?
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We’re back in the kitchen today, talking small kitchen appliances. So, when’s the last time your family used that fancy panini press? Juicer? How about the cakepop maker? All those specialty items that rarely or never get used yet take up precious kitchen real estate!
So, grab a partner and go through each of your kitchen cabinets and pantry. Pull out and set aside for donation any small appliances that you just don’t use, don’t work correctly, or received as gifts that you wouldn’t dream of using. Recycle any that have lived out their useful life, have broken, or have missing parts.
Then, come back and let us know how many you cleared out!
You guys! We are three weeks in, with only one to go! Are you still going strong, or are you losing steam? Let us know in the comments, so we can (hopefully) help keep your successes coming!
If you’ve missed a day or two, here’s a recap from Week 3!
Day 15 ~ Swim & Beach Stuff
Day 16 ~ Glove Compartment
Day 17 ~ Manuals & Warranties
Day 18 ~ Old Paint
Day 19 ~ Vitamins & Supplements
Day 20 ~ Software
Day 21 ~ Scarves, Gloves, & Hats
Now that we’re comfortably into spring (can I get a hallelujah??), it’s the perfect time to review your family’s winter accessories. Set aside any items that will be outgrown by next winter, any gloves or mittens that have lost their mates, any items that have simply been worn out.
Wash the items that you’re keeping for next winter, and store in an out-of-the-way spot. The top of the closet shelf is always a good choice!
Organizing Software – 30 Day Challenge: Day 20
Oh, you know. That old copy of Office 97? How about that version of TurboTax from 2002? Today, we’re talking about organizing software. Take a look at all those CD-ROMs and toss any that you just don’t need anymore or that aren’t even relevant to technology anymore. (More and more new computers don’t even come with a CD-ROM drive anymore!)
Then, come back and let us know what you found and how much you cleared out!
Organizing vitamins supplements
This can be a pretty big category, especially if you’re focused on a healthy lifestyle. And vitamins and supplements can take up precious real estate in your kitchen!
Take an honest assessment of which ones you take on a regular basis and are providing benefit, and clear out any that didn’t work for you, have expired, or that you hate the flavor of. Keeping only what you use and love – that’s healthy living!
What household doesn’t have cans of leftover paint lying around? As it ages, paint separates and, if it’s old enough, no amount of stirring and shaking can revive it. And even if it did, it certainly wouldn’t be the same color it was when new. Not to mention that it’s pretty sensitive to temperature swings – and most of us keep our paint in the garage – where it goes through swings of below-freezing to 90+ in an Atlanta summer.
Luckily, it’s gotten easier to dispose of. With a few steps, most municipalities now accept DRIED paint in normal household waste (Note: Please check with your sanitation company to make sure). To dry it out, buy the cheapest cat litter you can find, mix a cupful or so into each can of paint, and let dry. The time will vary depending on how much paint is in each can, of course. Once it’s completely dried, toss the OPEN can into your regular household trash. Done!