Five Reasons You Won’t Let Go of Clutter

As an organizer, I try to reassure clients that they are not alone. I can say it with confidence because I often hear the same reasons people can’t get rid of items. Most people have good intentions when it comes to tackling clutter but when emotions get in the way it can be very difficult. Do any of these keep you from clearing the clutter in your own home?

Guilt
Guilt is the number one reason people hold onto items they no longer need, use or want. The feeling of guilt is often misguided when it comes to clutter. Your home should be a place to come home to at the end of the day that is peaceful and free of clutter. If guilt prevents you from letting go of something think about how that affects you and your environment. Guilt is not a reason to keep something, if you don’t love it, use it or need it, let it go!

Regret
Regret and “what if” go hand in hand. What if I need this later? What if I find the missing part? Do you say to yourself I may need that but in reality you never do? Regret in any area of your life is not healthy but especially when it comes to clutter. Once you simplify you will be amazed how little regret you have to worry about in your home.

Financial
Paying a lot of money for something is not a reason to keep it. If you own expensive shoes but they hurt your feet every time you wear them consign them and say goodbye. Your home should only have items you need, use and love, even if you paid a lot of money for it!

Gifts Received
Gifts people receive but don’t use, like or want is another big reason for clutter in the home. Holding onto an item because you might hurt someone’s feelings, you fear what someone will think or out of guilt as we discussed earlier can prevent you from living a simple clutter-free life. Just because someone gives you a gift does not mean you need to keep it. If you don’t use it, like it or need it, let it go.

Children
Is your home becoming a storage unit with the hope someone will want something one day? Many people hold onto items with the thought their adult children or grandchildren may want it even if they do not have space to store it. I can tell you from my experience that is a rare occurrence. The latest generation of twenty and thirty-somethings are living different lives with fewer things and smaller homes. It never hurts to ask the question“do you want this” but if the answer is no, then its time to let go.

If any of these five things sound like they are keeping you from living in an organized clutter free space its time to make a change and its one you will never REGRET!

 

Favorites to Organize the Kitchen and Bath

Today I want to share some of the products I use to organize the kitchen, pantry, and bath.  My go-to items are usually clear containers and various types of lazy susans. They allow you to see what you own which prevents overbuying and saves money! Before you start any project purge items you no longer need, use, love or have room to store. Sort like items and measure the space before you purchase anything! Containers can quickly become clutter so its important to find products that fit the space properly. 

Lidded Storage Container
These containers are a favorite because they can be used to store so many different items and they stack to make use of valuable vertical space in the bathroom, laundry room, kitchen, and playroom. Useful for first aid, crayons, markers, kids toys, school supplies or any other small items you want to keep organized.

Drawer Inserts
In my opinion, every drawer would benefit from an insert. They keep drawers organized and ensure everything has a home. When you take something out you will have a place to put it back. Small things can make a big difference when it comes to staying organized. 

Deep Storage Bins
Shelves come in many different depths and that is why I love these deep storage bins. They fit perfectly on deeper shelves and keep pantries and refrigerators neat and organized. The handles provide easy access and are clear so you can easily see what is being stored.

Divided Lazy Susans
This is a favorite because it is has dividers and higher sides which are great for keeping cleaning supplies, lotions, and hair care products organized under the sink. They also work well in pantries and refrigerators to keep food items organized. The ideas are endless and once you have used one you will wonder how you lived without it.

Spice Rack
How can something so simple and inexpensive work so well to keep you organized? Keeping spices all in one place not only makes preparing meals easier but will save time looking for that one spice you knew you bought but couldn’t find.

Lazy Susan Turntable
As you can see there are many options when it comes to choosing a lazy susan and this is another one of my favorites. Turn hard to reach corners in cabinets into usable space with a simple turntable. Keep baking essentials, canned goods, oils, vitamins or anything that you need easy access to on a regular basis.

 Medicine Cabinet Organizer
Medicine cabinets can become cluttered quickly and adding an organizer helps keep your daily essentials organized. This is a favorite because of the added drawer which is perfect for qtips and cotton pads.

These are just a few of my favorites that are not only functional but look great too! Remember you don’t have to spend a lot of money to get organized. If you want to see more of my favorites and get ideas on getting organized go to my Amazon Storefront.

 

The Organizers Choice for Affordable Custom Paper Products for Home or Business

This weeks question is not about organizing but I have often been asked about the products I use for my business and when I love something I want to share it. MOO is the company I have used for several years for all my paper products. They have quality products and great customer service which many of you know hard that is to find. It’s the small details that make a difference when running your own business and a business card is the first impression you make and represents who you are. Their business cards come in different sizes and price points to fit any budget.

MOO makes ordering online easy and if you get stuck there is always a person on the other end to help. I like to keep it simple but there are custom designs to fit everyone’s taste whether personal or business. I use MOO for business cards, stickers, postcards and now they carry notebooks which will be my next purchase. If you follow me you know my love of notebooks for making lists and keeping notes.

Their website is easy to navigate and if you need a bit of inspiration they have a page for that too! If you are thinking about ordering MOO products for your business or home now is the time because they are offering free shipping on orders over $80Business Cards, MiniCards, Postcards and more

Julie Ryan Photography