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Hey all! How is your organizing coming along? Are you addicted yet….hahaha. Come on, who’s joining me in this crazy obsession? :)
I’ve got a great tip for you today that I read on the A Slob Comes Clean blog on her last 52 Weeks post. To help her declutter she asks herself two questions:
If I needed this item, where would I look for it?
My note: pay attention to where you first look for something. If it isn’t stored there then maybe you should think about moving it to that location as that was your first inclination. Think of all the time you’ll save the next time you need it. That is of course if you remember to put it back there after you are done with it :)
If I needed this item, would it ever occur to me that I already have one?
My note: great question. If it isn’t going to occur to you that you already have one why hang on to it in the first place taking up valuable storage space. I think it’s pretty common that we hang onto things thinking we’ll need them someday and then when that someday comes we either forget we have it or forget where we put it. Compare the price of buying a new one to the cost of the real estate space this item is consuming in your house. Maybe one item by itself isn’t taking up much space but when you put lots of these “just in case” items together they could be using up some pretty terrific storage space that could be used instead to store the things you do use. Think about it.
Just this past week I was telling my lovely Facebook followers how I took four big bags of outgrown kid’s clothes to the thrift store. I love the seasonal switch out times in the year because it’s just so rewarding. I can always count on my kids to grow…hahaha. So my daughter it appears grew the most because her drawers are now empty. They won’t stay that way for long of course but right now I’m enjoying all the empty space :)
Now I know this won’t be applicable to you
lucky ducks ladies living in awesome sunshiney weather all year round but for those that don’t and space is an issue for you, please consider switching out your seasonal clothing. It gives your closet room to breathe, clean up is easier and you won’t waste time digging through toques (that’s what us Canadians call winter hats..hahaha) and mitts to find your beach hat in summer.
For more information on switching out seasonal clothes, here are a couple of posts I’ve written in the past on the subject:
Organizing clothes for the seasons – my old BC closet
My organized closet – my new AB closet (and yes it already looks differently now)
Hope that helps! And I haven’t forgotten I promised you a post on my seasonal switch out of my entryway closet. Hopefully next week!
- Do you rotate your seasonal clothing? If so, have you done it yet?
- Are you celebrating your accomplishments as you go? It’s so important no matter how big or small the task is you complete!
- What’s on your list for this next week?
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