52 Weeks: #37 Bringing together like with like
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This week I took another load of stuff to the thrift store. I’ve just been tackling my house like a crazy girl. A little fall clutter control if you will. In the last week I’ve helped my daughter with her room (although still a ways to go in there), completely worked over my son’s room, changed some cupboards around in my kitchen and switched a few things up in my office. It feels so good…the high I get kicked in big time once I got started and then I didn’t want to stop. It’s funny how it happens like that. I had anticipated my son’s room being an all day job when in fact it took me two hours. Two hours! I put it off for forever and it only took two hours. Sheesh!
I also had the opportunity to work with a friend on her house for a couple of hours. She needed help with some space planning. As we delved into closets and corners I noticed that one thing that would make a big difference for her would be to consolidate “like with like”. I know those words get thrown around in organizing circles left right and center but there is a reason for that. It works! Let me give you an example…my girlfriend had Christmas stuff stored under her stairs and as well in her laundry room and a few other places. She had plenty of space under her stairs to store all the Christmas gear once we removed some other things being stored there. Bringing it all into one location makes sense for a number of reasons:
- It allows you to see exactly what you have making it perfectly clear what you have in over abundance
- It allows you to consolidate everything in order to maximize space
- It makes it easier to find what you need when you need it
- It provides a way to establish some limits and boundaries to what you own
This week’s challenge is to walk around your home and look into each and every closet. Do you have similar items scattered all over the place? Maybe photo albums, craft supplies, cookbooks, sports equipment, jewelry or whatever it may be, it’s time to get a handle on it. Collect it all into one place, do a sort and purge and consolidate it into one space. You can do this and I think you’ll be amazed at the difference it makes!!
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