How To Simplify and Love Your Home Again

 Many clients use my services not only to clear the clutter but to inspire them to fall in love with their home again. You may ask is that possible and the answer is YES! My goal is not only to purge and organize but to help make the necessary changes to create a new simplified and peaceful space. A refresh can make a big difference without spending a lot of money. Begin your transformation with these simple tips and life-changing results!

1. Make purging and simplifying your surroundings a priority. If you want a great end result a major purge will get you there.  Let go of items you no longer use, need, love or have room to store. Schedule a weekly donation pick up or drop off until your goal is accomplished. Excuses do not create change, it takes time and commitment.

2. Use the vertical space in your home to add storage in a closet, under a sink or on a shelf. Vertical space is often overlooked but can really add the extra storage you may need.

3. Use drawer organizers to help you stay organized and to ensure everything has a home. Purge, sort like items, measure the drawer and purchase an insert to fit the space.

4. Purge artificial plants that have become dust catchers and invest in real plants or treat yourself to fresh flowers. Speaking of dust catchers how many is too many candles? Candles can look and smell beautiful but too many can make a house feel cluttered.

5. Consider the garage part of your home and keep it purged and free of clutter. Remember a garage is not a storage unit it is an extension of your home.

6. A fresh coat of paint can make an area look brand new. Keep colors simple, soothing and cohesive. If you live in a small space it helps to choose one color throughout the home so it appears larger. Splashes of color can be in accessories or art but keep the rest simple.

7. Tackle sentimental clutter and free up storage for items you use, need and love. It can be a difficult task but the amount of space you will gain can make a big difference. If you feel overwhelmed in this area hire a professional it will be worth it!

8. Bookshelves with too much stuff can make an entire room feel cluttered. Simplify with a couple of photos, items you love, favorite books and let the rest go.

9. Replace broken items and make a list of what needs to be repaired. If you are not handy hire a service like Home Advisor or Tackl to complete the job.

10. Rework your space by moving items around and work with what you can’t change. Learning to love your home is about accepting what can and cannot change. Trust me I have learned that through multiple renovations.

12. Another simple change that can make a big difference is updating outdated light fixtures and hardware. Small improvements can really change the way you feel about your home. 

13. Hire a junk removal company to remove larger items that are taking up space but are never used. Ex: old furniture, broken TV’s, never used exercise equipment, tools and old appliances that don’t work. This will give you immediate results and will quickly start your journey to simplifying your space.

I say this all the time but it is never about having enough space it’s about too much stuff. Simplifying and organizing your home alleviates everyday frustrations, saves you time, money and makes your home a peaceful, calm, relaxing place you want to come home to at the end of the day.

 

10 Ways Your Closet is Sabotaging Your Self Esteem

Does how you feel about yourself keep you from clearing the clutter in your closet? As an organizer, I see many closets with clothing that has not been worn in years, undergarments that don’t fit properly, and clothes that are either too small or too big. How you see yourself has a lot to do with why you may be paralyzed to make any changes in your closet. These simple tips will get you motivated to begin transforming you and your closet.

CLOTHING BRANDS FIT DIFFERENTLY

 The size you wear in one brand can be totally different in another brand. Understanding this is huge because so many women think that if they are a size 10 in one brand they should be a 10 in all brands and there is nothing further from the truth. So be kind to yourself and don’t just buy one size across the board because you will end up with clothes that don’t fit and are never worn.

INVEST IN NEW UNDERGARMENTS

I can’t say this enough get fitted properly for new undergarments. It can really change the way your clothes fit and how you feel about yourself. Purge undergarments that are not flattering or have seen better days. Regardless if you are the only one to see your undergarments it will make you feel better about how you look and feel in clothes.

LET GO OF “USED TO” CLOTHES

Don’t keep clothes that make you feel bad about yourself when you see them. I call those “used to” clothes because that is how clients describe them to me. Looking into your closet and seeing items that “used to” fit only reinforces negative thoughts and low self-esteem. Your wardrobe should be about who you are today not yesterday!

REMOVE EVERYTHING TO SEE CHANGE

If you want to see real change when you are cleaning out your closet remove everything. It really is the only way to see what you own and what you want to keep. I like to use a garment rack to make the process a bit easier because it allows you to see what you own. Three simple rules to follow when deciding what to keep I like this and will wear itdoesn’t fit and I don’t like it, maybe but I need to try it on. It’s that easy don’t overthink it.

KEEP A LIST

Make a list of items you need to replace as you let go of the old. It is the easiest way to keep track of what you need without overbuying. 

STICK TO NEUTRALS 

If you want a closet that is easy to work on a daily basis it helps to stick to neutrals. Black, white, cream and splashes of color in your accessories and shoes will make planning what you are wearing so simple. 

STRIPES, FLORALS AND POLKA DOTS

Now, let’s discuss patterns. They are great for some people but for others, it may be the reason you have items in your closet that are never worn. Stripes, florals and polka dots can be fun to wear but do you feel good when you wear them? If the answer is no, let them go. Simplicity is not boring just easy.

ENLIST HELP

If you feel like you cannot tackle your closet without help you are not alone. A professional organizer can help you make decisions you are unable to make. They will give honest opinions by asking questions and motivate you to keep moving forward to attain your goal.

YOU ARE NOT TOO OLD

Age seems to always play a role when purging clothes in a closet. Although you may not wear mini skirts any more wear what makes you feel comfortable and confident. Buying “you should” clothes, also known as clothes people think you should wear for your age, can make you feel bad about yourself and take up valuable space in your closet.

SAY GOODBYE TO THE PAST

Even in clothing, it can be hard to leave the past behind. Holding onto clothes that no longer reflect who you are and the stage of life you are in is keeping you and your closet living in the past. Embrace the body you have today and build your wardrobe with the items you love!

Cleaning out your closet can be a challenge when you begin the process. There may be some unexpected emotions that arise but once you purge the old you can move forward and enjoy the new you and who you are today. Try it, the results can be life-changing!

Photo: Julie Ryan Photography

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!