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Spring De-cluttering!

By Diane Albright CPO, Organizing and Productivity Expert
April 18th, 2018

How to Simplify LaundrySpring has sprung and also the need to de-clutter has!  When it comes to spring cleaning the first step is de-cluttering. Typically the best place to start is with the basement or garage. These two locations are where we most often put items that we’re not sure if we’re going to use. It’s also the go-to place for other things such as seasonal items as you spring-clean other rooms. So the more room you have the better. Continue with each room of the house.

Before you start, visualize how you would like the room or space to look when you are done. Write down your vision and share it with those who are helping you.

Ask yourself if your clutter affects your daily life. Do you resist having friends over because of your clutter? Are you stressed because you can’t find things? Let your desire to socialize or desire to have less stress be your motivating factor. Picture what how you will benefit from a de-cluttered home.

Work on just one room or a section of a room at a time. Don’t take on more than you can do in the allotted time, otherwise it will look worse than when you started.

Start by getting rid of what you don’t want, use, or wear. Have your family members join in. The more participation there is, the more likely everyone will help in keeping it clutter-free

Setup a bag or box for each of the following: Recycle, Giveaway, Throwaway, Put Away, and Another Day. “Another Day” is for an item that you can’t part with but know you should. The “Put Away” box is for items that belong in another room. Once you have completed the project revisit the “Another Day” box to see if you can now let go of the item. Print out the decluttering category tent cards for free!

If you are recycling items that are not picked up with your regular recycling, go to Earth911.com. You can type in the item you want to recycle along with your zip code to find a local drop off.

When using totes, use the same brand when stacking. They will stack better and there is less chance of the bottom lid breaking as the containers line up with each other. Cardboard “Banker” boxes work great with their lift off lids.

To keep your home clutter-free, have your family complete “Clutter Patrol” each night at a designated time such as before a snack or before the TV gets turned on. Clutter Patrol is when each family member walks around the house putting away his or her belongings. Hopefully it will be complete in 10 minutes each night. If you have 5 family members times 10 minutes a night, that equals 50 minutes of Clutter Patrol.

Happy de-cluttering!


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How to Spring Clean and De-clutter

By Diane Albright CPO, Organizing and Productivity Expert
April 27th, 2014

Make de-cluttering quick and easy. Use our de-cluttering categories for sorting. Designate three boxes or bags: Giveaway, Throwaway, and Put Away. Print these de-cluttering categories and then fold to make “tent” cards.

The Giveaway box is for those items that you no longer need, wear, use, or want. Pass these items on to someone in need or to a local charity. When donating items to a charity request a receipt for tax purposes. If you are not sure how much your donated items are worth, view Goodwill’s Donation Value Guide.

The Throwaway box is for those items that are broken or too worn for reuse. Try to recycle these items. Click to find out where to recycle specific items in your community or learn recycling guidelines.

The Put Away box is for items that belong in another room. Wait until the end of your de-cluttering session to put items away. If you leave the room during the de-cluttering session you many never come back. Remember to save time at the end for clean up. If you don’t clean up, your project may look worse than when you started.

There is a fourth category that should be used with extreme caution. This only-if-absolutely-necessary category is Another Day. This category is for items that you know you should not keep but you just can’t let go of no matter how hard you try. You know, those jeans that haven’t fit in 20 years or a gift that was never on YOUR wish list but you are reluctant to part with. Toss these items into the Another Day box so you don’t delay the de-cluttering process. When you finish de-cluttering, revisit this box for additional tossing. Now that you are on a de-cluttering roll, you should be able to let go of items more easily.

Once you have de-cluttered, organize what you have left by creating designating places for everything. The system or places you create should be so simple and easily understood that it takes little or no instruction from you so others can quickly understand and follow. Label each designated place so you and your family members can easily locate items AND put them back. Labeling is the key to maintain organization.

Now that the de-cluttering process has been completed it is time for the actual cleaning.

Happy spring cleaning and de-cluttering!

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Tips on How to Spring Clean & De-clutter

By Diane Albright CPO, Organizing and Productivity Expert
March 21st, 2013

Wondering where to begin with spring cleaning? The first step to spring cleaning is de-cluttering. De-clutter one room at time by using our de-cluttering categories. Start with the room that will have the most impact for you and your family. Be sure to set a realistic goal in the time you have allotted on a given day for de-cluttering. Be sure to save time at the end for clean up. Even if you have just 10 minutes a day to devote to de-cluttering, it will help.

Items that you no longer need consider donating or recycling. If you struggle with where to donate or recycle items view our comprehensive list of where to donate or recycle. Request a receipt when donating items. This will allow you to take a tax deduction. To learn the value of items in good condition go to Goodwill’s Donation Value Guide.

Be sure to research the recycling laws in your state. Pennsylvania has a new electronic recycling law. Beginning Jan. 24, 2013 desktop computers, laptop computers, computer monitors, computer peripherals, televisions, and any components of such devices may no longer be disposed in Pennsylvania with municipal waste. Click to learn more about the PA electronics recycling law.

If you struggle with what to keep and what to toss in your clothes closets, turn all of your hanging clothes so the hanger is going over the rod the opposite way. After you wear and launder an item, put it back in your closet with the hanger going over the rod the normal way. At the end of the season you’ll easily be able to see which items you didn’t wear by looking for hangers that are going the opposite way. This also works great for kids clothing and a spouse’s.

Once you have de-cluttered, organize what you have left by creating designating places for everything. Label each spot so you and your household members can easily locate and put back items. Labeling is the key to maintain organization.

Once you have de-cluttered, keep an ongoing giveaway box. Then every time you come across something you no longer need or want, you can toss it in the box with the goal to giveaway or donate. By keeping an ongoing box (your garage or coat closet is great place) you’ll never have to go through a massive de-cluttering project again.

Every household needs a few set categories to reduce clutter. Click to print labels for our 5 top categories to keep clutter at bay.

Happy spring and happy de-cluttering!

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Fabulous Organizing Products

By Diane Albright CPO, Organizing and Productivity Expert
May 1st, 2012

Today on Channel 69’s Sunrise Show I was thrilled to show fabulous finds from the 2012 National Association of Professional Organizers Conference and Expo. Of course to a professional organizer like me, the expo is like a kid in a candy store. I was in good company with 850 other professional organizers representing 13 different countries.

Some of my favorite finds from the expo are below:

Bento™ boxes by Rubbermaid

2 in 1 Recycler by Rubbermaid

Hidden Recycler by Rubbermaid

Clever Container Organizing Trays by Rubbermaid

Tote Buddy

Getting Organized Magazine

ShelfGenie Toll-free 1-(888)-218-8548

Ready Tab™ File Folders by Pendaflex

Clear Command® Hooks by 3M

Chalkboard Adhesive Labels

SmartTrakr Free App & Website Account by CubeSmart

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Happy organizing!

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Getting Organized Magazine

By Diane Albright CPO, Organizing and Productivity Expert
May 1st, 2012

Whether you love to organize or are in need of organization, there is a new magazine on the market for you – Getting Organized Magazine. I discovered this magazine while attending the 2012 National Association of Professional Organizers Conference and Expo. The magazine was launched in January by Stacey Anderson a former Professional Organizer with a number of years of experience.

Getting Organized Magazine sets itself apart from other magazines. Other magazines may touch on the topic organization but this magazine is fully engulfed in storage and organization from front to back.

Getting Organized Magazine offers product solutions and step-by-step instructions that work. The layout is simple, yet eye-catching with pictures that draw you in to read the articles. While the magazine is filled with information it is kept simple so not to overwhelm you. It’s what we as professional organizers always say – keep it simple.

The tagline for the magazine is “Treat Yourself to Some Sanity” and it lives up to its promise. When you read the magazine you feel like you can actually use the advice and tips in every article. The magazine is available in a print or digital version and distributed quarterly. Learn more about Getting Organized Magazine at http://www.gettingorganizedmagazine.com

Happy reading!

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Unique Storage Boxes

By Diane Albright CPO, Organizing and Productivity Expert
May 1st, 2012

New and innovative products are always coming on the market but Rubbermaid’s new Bento™ boxes take top prize when it comes to storage, innovation, and style. Bento™ boxes, a new line of storage boxes, are meant to divide and conquer your clutter. I discovered these unique storage boxes at the 2012 National Association of Professional Organizers Conference and Expo.

What sets these sturdy, fabric covered storage boxes apart is their hidden flexible storage compartments. The compartments pop back in and out of

place when needed and then not needed. The pop-outs form a square or rectangular compartment in the corners of the box. Pop out just one, two, three, or all four compartments depending on your box and storage needs. When you bring home a Bento™ box it’s like bringing home multiple boxes within a larger box but the smaller “boxes” (aka compartments) disappear when not needed – how great is that!

The sleek and stylish Bento™ boxes are so attractive they can be used at home and at the office. Wherever you use your Bento™ boxes they can change configurations as your needs change. Go from toys to crafts, or college to home office. Bento™ can stay with you all the way.

“Bento™ toppers” are also available. These tops can be used as a tray at the top of the box or as a lid to cover the box. Either way makes it easy to stack other Bento™ storage boxes on top of one another.

If style is what you are looking for, stack graduated sizes of Bento™ boxes on top of one another and consider alternating coordinating colors or patterns such as solid color Bento™ boxes with patterned Bento™ boxes. Your stack of stylish boxes will look just like that – stylish boxes, not storage and organizational boxes.

Prices for the Bento™ boxes range from $8.99 to $25.99. Currently the Bento™ boxes are available at Rubbermaid.com, Target, Joanne’s, Fred Meyer, Amazon.com, and Macy’s.com. Please note that Target does offer some exclusive colors and patterns like the one pictured at the top.

Click for more information on Rubbermaid’s Bento™ boxes.

Happy Bento™-ing!

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