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!

 

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

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Clear the Clutter With Christine…What Products Can I Use To Store My Winter Clothes?

Linen Containers | Hanging Storage Bags | Under Bed Box | Sweater Box | Tall Boot Shapers | Short Boot Shapers | Under Bed Shoe Storage | Tall Shoe Box 

Its that time of year when your closet can use a refresh to get ready for the upcoming warmer weather. This weeks question how do I store my winter clothes? This is a great question because storing your winter clothes properly not only protects them from dust but keeps them in good shape and ready to wear in the fall. These are a few of my tips and favorites things that I personally use and recommend.

PURGE
Spring is a great time to purge the winter items you didn’t wear, don’t fit properly, are no longer your style and are not in great shape.

UNDER THE BED
If you live in a small space you will gain storage by utilizing the space under the bed. You can store winter items you are not using and make room in your closet for spring and summer.

CONTAINERS
Containers are the easiest and least expensive way to store out of season items. I love linen and these are not only functional but look great too! These clear containers are favorites because they are available in many different sizes so you can store sweaters, shoes, boots, and accessories. Using inserts in your boots before you contain them will help them retain their shape. Don’t forget to label your containers so you will know what is inside.

HANGING STORAGE BAGS
One way to store winter coats and jackets is to use hanging storage bags. These are made from natural, breathable cotton fabric and are great for storing multiple items.

If you want more tips and ideas on spring cleaning your closet you can watch my recent segment on River City Live by clicking the link below or go to the video page at the top.

https://www.news4jax.com/river-city-live/organization-tips-with-chris-stone-river-city-live