I'm an Organizing Junkie helping you be clutter & chaos free! 2017-02-16T18:00:59Z http://orgjunkie.com/feed/atom WordPress Laura Wittmann http://orgjunkie.com <![CDATA[Five Tips for Organizing Paper]]> http://orgjunkie.com/?p=39330 2017-02-16T03:00:59Z 2017-02-16T18:00:59Z
The following is a guest post about organizing paper from regular contributor, Morgan from Morganize with Me.  Recently, when I asked (via a survey on my blog), which area of your life requires the most attention and organization – “paper” was listed as one of the top areas. It was in the top three, rightfully […]]]>

The following is a guest post about organizing paper from regular contributor, Morgan from Morganize with Me. 

Recently, when I asked (via a survey on my blog), which area of your life requires the most attention and organization – “paper” was listed as one of the top areas. It was in the top three, rightfully so.

I’ll be the first to admit, that I too struggle in the area of paper management. And let’s be honest, organizing paper isn’t as fun, or as pretty, as the many other areas that we can work to organize. Nevertheless, it is essential to keep paper organized. And in doing so, we can minimize the stress that comes from paper overload.

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Today, I’m sharing five organizing paper tips with you. These five tips can help you to stay better organized, when it comes to all things paper. My encouragement is to work on implementing one tip at a time. Work on taking baby steps!

#1 – Carve out a regular time to purge, organize, and file paper.

I recently spent a half-day going through our stacks and stacks of paper. Our paper had significantly accumulated last year, due to our international move, selling a home, buying a home, registering the kids in three new schools, and needing to establish everything in our new home and city. ALL of these transitions and changes equaled to LOTS of paper.

Blocking out a chunk of time to address your paper, will allow you to get it all organized in one sitting. Considering your amount of paper, determine how often you need address your paper, specifically when it comes to purging, organizing, and filing. This can be scheduled on a weekly, monthly, quarterly, or even annually basis. It will really depend on the systems that you have in place and how much paper you have to process. I usually do a big re-organize about twice a year. This works well for me, with the systems that I have in place.

#2 – Create in an “In & Out” system.

Five tips for organizing paper

In order to not lose important papers and to know where to find things when you need them, set up a working In & Out system. Then make sure to teach your family how to use it too! We use our baskets mostly for incoming and outgoing mail and for those things that we need to return to the store and/or library.

#3 – Commit to recycling often!

You’ve probably heard that you should only touch a piece of paper once. Well, one of the easiest ways to follow this simple tip, is to recycle things as quickly and as often as possible. Junk mail, gone. Duplicates, gone. Outdated info, gone. (Keep your recycling area close to your In & Out system and you’ll make this an even easier habit!)

#4 – Coordinate one central command center for organizing paper.

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Whatever you want to call it: a command center, family hub, or landing pad, just make sure that you coordinate one! A place where everything can be corralled and contained. When paper comes into our home, it quickly makes its way to this room and then to the designated spot that it is supposed to go.

I use the two chalkboards to list dinner menus and our weekly schedule, the In & Out baskets, that we already talked about, and the message board (below).

organizing paper

This message board is a great way to keep current paperwork visible, in a simple and organized fashion. I keep information posted here, things that I need to refer to regularly. We have six clips, each family member has one, and then the sixth one is used for any current coupons. (You can see the steps for making one right over here.)

#5 – Construct a “To File” folder.

Finally, for the paper that you need to keep long-term, you can see my recommended guidelines here, construct a folder and have it easily accessible within your command center. Then when you are working during your regular time of organizing all things paper (tip #1), work on filing those papers away. Make sure that you keep your files streamlined and only file paper that you must keep!

Happy Organizing!!!

 

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Laura Wittmann http://orgjunkie.com <![CDATA[3 Organizing Systems That Continue to Work for Me]]> http://orgjunkie.com/?p=39318 2017-02-15T22:46:29Z 2017-02-15T22:46:29Z
Hey there, so last month contributor Kristin wrote a great post highlighting her top 3 organization systems for 2017. I like reading and learning about systems that others have in place to help them stay organized. It’s very interesting because they’re just so many different ways to create functional systems in your home. What works […]]]>

Hey there, so last month contributor Kristin wrote a great post highlighting her top 3 organization systems for 2017. I like reading and learning about systems that others have in place to help them stay organized. It’s very interesting because they’re just so many different ways to create functional systems in your home. What works for one though may not work for another so sometimes it means trying a few different systems to get it just right for you. Of course it’s not once and done either because as life changes, sometimes your systems may need to be tweaked accordingly.

3 Organizing Systems That Continue to Work for Me year after year

Today I thought I’d share three of my own top organizing systems. These have been working really well for me for awhile so I have no plans to change them up any time soon. Of course I can’t make any promises, you never know with me :)

My Paper Management System

I put this system in place two years ago and it’s still exactly the same. That says a lot in my world. My command center is in my office which is conveniently located on my main floor near the kitchen. I keep my current year business income and expense receipts here along with files for each of my kids that I can temporarily and quickly file their important papers into throughout the school year. You can read all about my paper management system HERE.

my paper management system

my paper management system

Also just in case you want to know, I use THIS SYSTEM for my kids’ long term school paper storage.

My Receipt Organization

My receipt organization system is a simple one similar to Kristin’s system. The difference is I organize my receipts by month rather than store. This works for me as it allows me to easily rotate out the new and old receipts.

This system consists of a file box with 12 file folders, one labeled for each month. When it’s time to switch out months all I have to do is move the next month file from the back up to the front. The previous year’s receipts are then tossed in order to make room for the current receipts. And yes I realize that it’s not necessary to keep a year’s worth of receipts but an entire year’s worth fits in my file box and it gives me less to think about this way which is my ultimate goal with any system.

I manage our family finances using Quicken to track everything we spend. I use an inexpensive dollar store basket to store receipts waiting to be entered into Quicken. Once entered in they are moved to the appropriate monthly file. So easy!

My Laundry System

This is probably my very favorite system of all time, my laundry system! It works so amazingly well that I have to get the word out to the world even even though it shocks many. Why? Because I don’t sort my laundry. Nope, which means my whites are washed with darks. Gasp! Seriously it’s so not necessary anymore especially when you add vinegar to the wash. Read all the beautiful details HERE. Life changing!

The Easiest No Stress Laundry System

Okay now it’s your turn. Do you have systems that you love so much that you’ll be continuing to use them in 2017? Share with us!

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Laura Wittmann http://orgjunkie.com <![CDATA[Menu Plan Monday ~ Feb 13/17]]> http://orgjunkie.com/?p=39254 2017-02-13T04:16:07Z 2017-02-13T14:00:19Z
Hello menu planners! How are you all this fine day? Today was a big day with our first church potluck in our new church kitchen. It was amazing, I only wish I’d thought to take a picture of it for you :).  I did however take a picture of all the deliciousness though. I ended […]]]>

Menu Plan Monday for the week of Feb 13/17 - weekly dinner menu plan inspiration for a less chaotic week at I'm an Organizing Junkie blog

Hello menu planners! How are you all this fine day? Today was a big day with our first church potluck in our new church kitchen. It was amazing, I only wish I’d thought to take a picture of it for you :).  I did however take a picture of all the deliciousness though.

church potluck

I ended up bringing some Paleo Brownies along with my soup. I topped each slice with some thawed unsweetened frozen strawberries to jazz them up and make them look pretty. So delicious!

Paleo Brownies

This week is Valentine’s Day. We don’t really do anything special for dinner but I might make a fun dessert or something. What about you? Do you have any Valentine’s dinner traditions? Heart shaped pizzas anyone?

Here’s what we’ll be eating this week.

My Weekly Menu Plan:

Monday: Paleo “Spaghetti” with Meat Sauce

Tuesday: Paleo Spanish Chicken served with potatoes and carrots

Wednesday: Slow Cooker Ribs with BBQ Sauce served with rice and broccoli

Thursday: Leftover buffet

Friday: Pizza Party Friday Night with 5 minute homemade pizza dough and for me Bacon Egg Breakfast Bites

Saturday: One Pan Blackened Cod with Sweet Potatoes and Zucchini

Sunday: YOYO (you’re on your own!)

Have a wonderful week everyone!!

WHAT ARE YOU EATING THIS WEEK? SHARE RECIPES AND MENUS BELOW!

Menu Plan Guidelines, banner selections and recipe helpers are here.

More family favorite recipes here.

Don’t forget to join our growing Menu Plan Monday Facebook Page!!

My favorite menu planning resource:

Simple Meal Planning - Plan to Eat


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Laura Wittmann http://orgjunkie.com <![CDATA[Quiet Your Space & Give Your Eyes a Place to Rest]]> http://orgjunkie.com/?p=39281 2017-02-10T18:42:35Z 2017-02-10T18:42:35Z
So you know that feeling you get when you take down all your Christmas decorations and your space feels so spacious and airy? It’s the best right? Such a great feeling! Now I love Christmas, don’t get me wrong, but all the colors and lights and excitement compete for my attention. The busyness and senses […]]]>

So you know that feeling you get when you take down all your Christmas decorations and your space feels so spacious and airy? It’s the best right? Such a great feeling! Now I love Christmas, don’t get me wrong, but all the colors and lights and excitement compete for my attention. The busyness and senses overload of the season makes it hard to focus after awhile. I’m not sure I even realize it’s happening at the time but when Christmas comes down and my eyes finally have a place to rest, I feel like I can breathe again. Once the decorations get put away and the clutter dealt with, I just feel such a quietness to my soul.

How to Quiet Your Space and Give Your Eyes a Place to Rest

This calmness, without clutter and chaos, is something I treasure and strive to maintain in my home throughout the year. My home just runs better when we aren’t constantly looking for things, tripping over piles of stuff, rushing to events or eating all at different times. It’s why I’m so adamant about purging regularly because that light and airy after Christmas feeling doesn’t last. Slowly stuff starts to creep back in. Those clutter weeds are sneaky suckers, ready to choke us out at any given moment if we aren’t paying attention.

I’ve learned over the years that regular ongoing purging is a necessary and important step for my peace of mind. If my home is busy and chaotic, with clutter everywhere I look, my eyes can’t rest and my mind can’t relax. Anxiety sets in and sleep is disrupted. It’s not a pretty place to be. It’s downright exhausting in fact. Perhaps you are feeling that right now? Experience has taught me that when I start to feel this way, I need to look around me and declutter my life. Whether it’s my schedule or my stuff, it’s time to get my purge on.

But here’s where I think people go wrong. Often people don’t recognize clutter for what it is. As I’ve worked with people over the years, I’ve realized that many only think of clutter as just the bad stuff, the garbage or the stuff that just doesn’t spark joy (don’t even get me started on the whole spark joy movement). You know what? That’s not entirely true.

Clutter can be ANYTHING that reduces your effectiveness for leading a peaceful, less chaotic life.

Our eyes need a place to rest so our souls can breathe. White space is our friend, don’t be afraid of it. So beyond the usual things people look to declutter (the stuff we don’t use and love for instance), it might also mean making some hard decisions about decluttering other “noisy” things in our lives, despite how much joy they may spark, in order to quiet our homes. For instance, home decor is a big one that comes to mind. People love their home decor. From pictures, to knick-knacks, books, pillows, blankets, candles, lamps, mirrors, oh my. I love it all too but it can so easily take over a room without us even noticing. It’s hard to recognize that things we love can actually be clutter. But they most definitely can be.

quiet your space by reducing clutter and chaos

Myquillyn Smith, the blogger behind Nesting Place and author of The Nesting Place book, wrote a post not long ago about How to Quiet Your Space, One Room at a Time. It’s really what got me thinking about all this and I highly recommend you go over and give it a read. Basically she challenges you to move ALL your decorative things to a holding area for a small period of time to let your space breathe. She says that by doing this “you created an opportunity where you could truly see your space for what it is. You paid attention and now you see some changes you want to make that will help your space work better for your family–that is the entire point of this practice! You did it! Maybe you’ll bring everything back in, maybe you’ll get rid of everything–the important thing is that you made space for evaluation, purpose and change.”

I love that. It gives you the opportunity to declutter and experience the euphoria that comes with that before actually committing to parting with anything.

It’s only once the clutter isn’t there anymore that we realize how much of a negative impact it was having on our lives.

Finally your eyes will be able to rest and your mind relax as you turn off the “noise” that stuff can contribute to.

Rachel from Home Sanctuary also recently talked about this topic in a great post titled Five Ways to Embrace Quiet. She cites many reasons why silence is so necessary especially for helping to reduce anxiety and stress.

So whether it’s your stuff or your schedule, take some time today to edit your things. As your space starts to feel lighter, you’ll feel lighter and as a result, less anxious and more at peace in your home. Ahh what an amazing feeling it is! In fact, you might even be surprised to find out that you love this feeling way more than you ever really loved your stuff. Whoa, what? Yep could totally happen but you’ll never really know unless you give it a try :)

Happy decluttering friends!

PS: Sometimes it helps to take a picture of a space to view it with fresh eyes and get a feel for how cluttered it might be. Read more about that HERE.

You might also like: How to Stop the Noise That Clutters Our Minds

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Laura Wittmann http://orgjunkie.com <![CDATA[Using Trays to Keep Your Home Beautifully Organized]]> http://orgjunkie.com/?p=39283 2017-02-09T04:47:36Z 2017-02-09T04:47:36Z
The following is a guest post about organizing with trays from regular contributor, Yuni at Love Your Abode. One of my favorite organizing methods is using trays. There are so many decorative uses for trays but they are also great for organizing all kinds of things around the home. I recently shared a post on how […]]]>

The following is a guest post about organizing with trays from regular contributor, Yuni at Love Your Abode.

Beautiful ways to keep your home organized using trays at I'm an Organizing Junkie blog

One of my favorite organizing methods is using trays. There are so many decorative uses for trays but they are also great for organizing all kinds of things around the home.

organizing with trays

I recently shared a post on how to style bookshelves and one of those tips was using trays. For our guest room, I placed a simple white tray on the shelf to hold toiletry essentials like cotton balls, lotion and q-tips. Grouping like items together on a tray keeps them looking chic and tidy.

organizing with trays

I also placed extra towels and blankets in another woven basket tray on the shelf. Guests are free to use whatever they want with ease.

organizing with trays

On our kitchen island, a white tray holds some canisters, a butter dish and a faux plant. Inside those pretty white canisters are lots of children’s vitamins and probiotics. It keeps my island from looking like a pharmacy and I love how they’re concealed by the pretty canisters. Originally, I thought it may be a hassle getting into them every day but so far, it hasn’t been a nuisance. The kids know how to retrieve their vitamins daily and it teaches them to put them away when they’re done.

organizing with trays

A thin metal tray on the counter is used to corral all of our mugs near our coffee and tea station. This easily allows family and guests to help themselves whenever they please. A sign and candle add some style to this small functional spot.

organizing with trays

My office table has an acrylic tray to hold a family photo, plant and some of my pens and scissors.

organizing with trays

Our coffee bench in the family room keeps our remotes and coasters in one area by gathering them together on a simple rustic tray.

organizing with trays

Trays are also a great way to hold kids’ crafting supplies like markers, crayons and glue. Kids can learn to place them back in the appropriate container and the tray can be moved to any space in the house.

I hope these ideas were helpful in seeing how trays can be utilized around the home. Bathrooms are another perfect place to use trays in corralling like items together and keeping them organized. Thank you for reading and good luck to organizing!

Yuni is married to her high school sweetheart and is a stay at home mom to three precious miracles. She is passionate about Jesus and loves creating a home with purpose. You can find her at Love Your Abode where she shares her love for DIY, organizing, cooking, and interior design. She loves gathering, feeding, and celebrating people. 

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Laura Wittmann http://orgjunkie.com <![CDATA[Favorite Ikea Shoe Storage]]> http://orgjunkie.com/?p=39267 2017-02-07T04:23:20Z 2017-02-07T04:23:20Z
The following is a guest post about organized shoe storage from regular contributor, Rachel at Useful Beautiful Home. I don’t have a coat closet in our Florida house. I’ll never know why and it bugs me a great deal. No place to drop shoes or hang light jackets up during our chilly season isn’t ideal […]]]>

The following is a guest post about organized shoe storage from regular contributor, Rachel at Useful Beautiful Home.

I don’t have a coat closet in our Florida house. I’ll never know why and it bugs me a great deal. No place to drop shoes or hang light jackets up during our chilly season isn’t ideal for the average organizing junkie. ;) I had to come up with a solution, particularly for shoes, and I found it at Ikea.

My Favorite Ikea Shoe Storage at I'm an Organizing Junkie blog

In the past, I showed you another favorite organizer of mine from Ikea and Laura simplified life using the same product HERE. On occasion, I’m more content to make a useful purchase knowing the organizing payoff will be long-term. In this case, I couldn’t cleverly hide shoes anywhere near our front door because there simply wasn’t space to do so. I had to use a piece of furniture in plain sight to conceal our shoes.

Ikea Hemnes storage shoe cabinet

This is the Hemnes Shoe Cabinet and as a bonus, it’s on sale right now. What I LOVE about it are the large bins for hiding shoes and a “drop zone” drawer on top. The drawer is shallow but perfect for containing keys, loose coins, and other miscellanea. To keep things from rolling around, I used a few plastic dollar bins as dividers.

Ikea Hemnes storage shoe cabinet

The bottom two pullout compartments house our shoes, and plenty of them! My husband and I take the higher drawer. My oldest daughter gets the bottom drawer. I started stashing socks inside her drawer because keeping shoes and socks together made sense to her. It looks a wee bit messy to have socks stuffed inside half of the compartment, but it honestly works best for my daughter. You may remember that I try to let her organize in her own way whenever possible.

Ikea Hemnes storage shoe cabinet

Ikea Hemnes storage shoe cabinet

The baby’s shoes aren’t much of a problem right now. Her shoes are so little, I could easily fit them in the top drawer. But, for now, they rest on top because baby shoes are too cute to hide. ;)

Above all, the best aspect is the safety. I was worried about the drawer-pulling mechanics being used by a child and the possibility of the whole unit falling down on her. As is with most of Ikea’s furniture, this storage cabinet comes with brackets that mount it securely to the wall.

It also has the back legs notched out so that it fits snugly against the wall by resting above the baseboard. Unfortunately, you can see in the picture below that our baseboards are just a smidge too tall for the natural cut-out. We thought about carving away more of the wood but the millimeter or so that catches on the top of our baseboard isn’t noticeable enough for the trouble.

Normally, I wouldn’t highlight a random organizing product such as this unless I’ve given it a tweak or have an unusual way I utilize it (like the cart). However, I had a friend stop over a few months ago and was so surprised to see the hidden beauty of this shoe organizer. I figured if she didn’t know about the Hemnes Shoe Cabinet, then others may also benefit from me writing a quick (unsponsored) post.

I can honestly tell you we’ve been using this shoe bin for shoe storage since we moved here almost 3 years ago. It’s in excellent condition and is used daily, all day long. The whole thing has held up without blemish and without breaking down or showing weakness in the structure. One day, I’d like to give it a little personal touch by changing out the hardware or adding some character. If I do, you know it’ll be blogged. ;)

Ikea Hemnes storage shoe cabinet

Sadly, it doesn’t magically pick up shoes and socks like one would hope. I often find footwear abandoned in front of our Hemnes storage cabinet. No joke, the picture above was taken not long after I finished photographing for this post. I suppose her socks are in the vicinity… just not in the bin, lol.

In the professional world, I’m a nurse by trade. But, around our house, I’m known as Mommy to our young daughters. My two worlds collided and began shaping into a blog. Useful Beautiful Home represents the hours I’ve dedicated to managing my household as efficiently as possible. I offer you motivation to keep your home healthy, organized, and welcoming. My goal is to share what I’ve implemented in my home to inspire you with fresh ideas and to encourage you to keep up the good work in yours! Learn more about me HERE or visit me at UsefulBeautifulHome.com.

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Laura Wittmann http://orgjunkie.com <![CDATA[Menu Plan Monday ~ Feb 6/17]]> http://orgjunkie.com/?p=39209 2017-02-06T04:42:48Z 2017-02-06T14:00:29Z
Hi friends! How are you? Have a good weekend? It’s time to take 15 minutes and plan your menu for the week. I got a sweet email last week from a reader that says I’ve almost got her convinced to give menu planning a try. So I’m not giving up, I’m going to continue to […]]]>

Menu plan Monday for the week of Feb 6/17 - weekly dinner inspiration to help you get dinner on the table each night without the STRESS

Hi friends! How are you? Have a good weekend? It’s time to take 15 minutes and plan your menu for the week. I got a sweet email last week from a reader that says I’ve almost got her convinced to give menu planning a try. So I’m not giving up, I’m going to continue to try and convince all you fence sitters :) My work here is not done ha! Tell me where you struggle and I’ll try to help. Life is so much less stressful with a menu plan, I promise you!!

Recipe Highlight:

One of the things many people struggle with is finding quick and easy recipes to get dinner on the table fast each night. All you need is recipes like this one for Slow Cooker Rosemary Garlic Roast Beef. It was absolutely delicious and seriously could not be any easier to prepare! You can not go wrong and you will love me forever :) Just wish I’d taken a picture of it for you, oops.

New Cookbook:

I got myself a new Paleo cookbook that I’m excited to dig into. In addition to the recipes, it’s also got a fitness plan and menu plan component which looks really good. Anyone else have this one? I’ll let you know what I think of it after I’ve tried it out.

Here’s what we’ll be eating this week.

My Weekly Menu Plan:

Monday:  “Breaded” Paleo Chicken Cutlets served with green smoothies

Tuesday: Slow Cooker Honey Pork Chops and Apples

Wednesday: Slow Cooker Turkey Bolognese with Zucchini Noodles

Thursday: Leftover buffet

Friday: Pizza Party Friday Night with 5 minute homemade pizza dough and for me bacon and eggs

Saturday: Breakfast for dinner…Coconut flour pancakes

Sunday: Church Potluck! Super excited about it as it’s our first potluck in our brand new church kitchen, whoot! I’m most excited about all the extra plugs we have now for all those slow cookers! I’ll be bringing: Slow Cooker Butternut Squash Soup and Paleo Chocolate & Caramel Slices.

Have a wonderful week everyone!!

WHAT ARE YOU EATING THIS WEEK? SHARE RECIPES AND MENUS BELOW!

Menu Plan Guidelines, banner selections and recipe helpers are here.

More family favorite recipes here.

Don’t forget to join our growing Menu Plan Monday Facebook Page!!

My favorite menu planning resource:

Simple Meal Planning - Plan to Eat


  • *Please note that affiliate links are included in this post to make it easier for you to find what is being referenced. A small commission is made should you purchase product using these links, but this is at no extra cost to you. As always, any and all opinions are genuinely my own – or the author, in the case of posts by my guest contributors. Thank you!*

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Laura Wittmann http://orgjunkie.com <![CDATA[The 5 Questions I Ask Myself Before Getting Rid of Anything]]> http://orgjunkie.com/?p=39240 2017-02-06T02:54:39Z 2017-02-02T16:30:40Z
The following is a guest post on the questions she asks herself before purging her stuff from regular contributor, Kristin at The Gold Project. Spring is just around the corner, which means my mind starts thinking about eliminating clutter. Well, actually, I probably have that mind set year round, but it really hits hard during […]]]>

The following is a guest post on the questions she asks herself before purging her stuff from regular contributor, Kristin at The Gold Project.

The 5 Questions I Ask Myself Before Getting Rid of Anything

Spring is just around the corner, which means my mind starts thinking about eliminating clutter. Well, actually, I probably have that mind set year round, but it really hits hard during spring time. Once my mind starts thinking about decluttering, every single thing I come into contact with in my house gets evaluated. Sometimes, I don’t even know I am doing it. But, there is actually a method to this process. I don’t start randomly tossing items.

Before anything gets donated or recycled, I ask myself 5 questions:

1. Have I used it lately?

We all have that one item in the back of our closets that we swear we are going to wear every single season. Then, it never makes it off the hanger, season after season. But, this not only applies to clothing. I have kept kitchen items because I might need that for that special party I might have at some point. And, you know what? That party never rolls around or I don’t even use that item at the party.

So, if it is just collecting dust, then I am not using it.

purge pile questions

2. Do I even like it?

I can’t tell you how many clothing items I had in my closet that I didn’t like at all. And, I never wore them. Now, if I pick out a shirt and decide I don’t like it, it goes in my donation basket immediately. I should only have things in my home that I love. This not only applies to clothes, but to all areas of my home.

purge pile questions

3. Does it serve a purpose?

That platter that sits in the back of the cabinet may have a purpose in another household. But, if it has been sitting in the same spot in mine for 3 years, then evidently, it is not serving a purpose. So, it is time to part with it.

purge pile questions

4. Would I miss it if I parted with it?

If I ask myself this question and I am not sure if I would miss the item, I place it in what I call a “holding spot.” In other words, I will put the item in a bag and place it in the garage. If I have not asked for the item in a month, then the entire bag gets donated. I do not open up the bag and look after making that decision because that may tempt me to keep some of the things.

purge pile questions

5. Could someone else benefit from it more than me?

This is usually the biggest question that will push me to move something to the donation pile. If I have gotten through the first four questions without fully committing to letting go of something, this will usually help me make the decision. There are many things that I have in my home that someone else could get so much more use out of and probably love more than I do. If I feel something will help someone else more than myself, I will usually part with the item.

purge pile questions

My name is Kristin and I am a middle school career education teacher by day and a mommy/wife/blogger by night. I am married to my high school sweetheart and we have two loving children. We recently made a life-changing move to Arkansas, so our new house is always under construction. I get excitement out of finding new creative, functional, and cute ways to organize things! I also enjoy writing and documenting life as it happens. So, I put these loves together and created The Gold Project. With the help of my husband, I am attempting to turn our house into a home. So, check out this special place of mine and take this journey with me!

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Laura Wittmann http://orgjunkie.com <![CDATA[The Beautiful Declutter High & How to Get It!]]> http://orgjunkie.com/?p=39229 2017-02-01T22:00:04Z 2017-02-01T22:00:04Z
Hey there, many years ago I wrote this post sharing my love of the declutter high. I thought it would be fun to share it with you again (below) since this love of mine has not changed as you can clearly see from my 2016 purge picture compilation. You absolutely can’t be organized if you […]]]>

Hey there, many years ago I wrote this post sharing my love of the declutter high. I thought it would be fun to share it with you again (below) since this love of mine has not changed as you can clearly see from my 2016 purge picture compilation.

2016 Purge Piles at I'm an Organizing Junkie blog

You absolutely can’t be organized if you don’t first declutter and then continue to declutter on a regular basis. Unless of course you live in a bubble, on your own with no kids or furniture or clothes which wouldn’t only be lonely but a wee bit cold too :) So let’s get to that post and hopefully you’ll find my purge enthusiasm a little bit contagious.

The beautiful declutter high that comes from purging!

I’m a constant purger. I absolutely love to throw things away. It makes me feel great and light and free…whoot! Unfortunately, too many people hold on to stuff so tight that they never get to feel this declutter high that comes from letting it go. If you haven’t felt it in awhile, you really must. It’s simply the best!!

Since January I’ve already made two separate trips to the thrift store to drop off stuff.

Purge Pile #1

purge pile

Purge Pile #2

purge pile #2

I am pretty strict about the “one in, one out” rule. So with everything that came in for Christmas, something else had to leave. One toy in, one toy out. One sweater in, one sweater out and so on and so on. We don’t have to wait to “find room” for our new things because we simply replace the new where the old use to live (although sometimes a little tweaking is necessary). It makes life so easy and stress free and I don’t have to be the bad guy with the kids. I’ve done this with them since they were little that they just think this is the way everyone does it :)

The second pile you see above happened at about 8:00 pm one night while I was playing hockey with the kids in the basement. All of a sudden, as we were dodging this and that on the floor, the room started to feel smaller and smaller. How hadn’t I noticed it before now?

That was it, game over, mommas got to organize! The kids just roll their eyes, they know the drill.

Anyway it became very clear to me right away that we had quite a few toys down there the kids had outgrown. My baby (6) isn’t a baby anymore. Out, out, out. The toys that is, not my “baby”. So an hour later we had collected some things for the thrift store (above), a big bag for the garbage and my hubbie took out to the garage a huge play table that I will sell.

Oh how great it feels! What a sweet and glorious high!

Seriously you’ve got to try it for yourself, just don’t take my word for it.

Here’s what you do. Grab some garbage bags and fill them. End of story.

Okay, okay I know it’s not that easy for some. But it could be that easy if and when you just decide that enough is enough already. If you have more stuff than space, you purge till it fits.

As you are working, don’t let yourself get distracted in other areas of the house…remember focus on the task at hand. If you’ve got a lot of stuff to clear out then print off my purge labels and make an area for each category. Then it’s just a matter of starting. Initially you want to do a quick purge and not be held up hemming and hawing about any one thing. Put it to the side. Keep going and go back to that item later if you have to. You’ll see that as you keep moving, this purging thing gets easier. You’ll slowly start to get a small taste of the high and you’ll yearn for more. Go, go, go!

Before you know it, you’ll be done. You’ll look around and think to yourself. Gosh this gal Org Junkie really knows what she’s talking about!

Well maybe you won’t say those exact words but you will be buzzing from your organizational high.

That’s when I say to you.

Welcome to my world friend, welcome to my world!!!

To keep the excitement of the declutter high going, be sure to check out:

How to Declutter Like a Pro

How to Get the Itch to Pitch

PS: If you don’t already have one, make sure you set up a donation station in your home so you can really be a declutter rockstar!

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Well here we are at the end of January, that went fast didn’t it? Okay fess up, how many of you resolved to get organized in 2017? How far did you get? Have you given up? I’m really curious because I really like to provide content here that can help you. Do you have a […]]]>

Well here we are at the end of January, that went fast didn’t it? Okay fess up, how many of you resolved to get organized in 2017? How far did you get? Have you given up? I’m really curious because I really like to provide content here that can help you. Do you have a whole house to tackle and are overwhelmed with the magnitude of it all or are you just wanting to maximize storage space and systems already in place? Let me know, don’t be shy.

I told you on Friday that I wanted to get my Paleo recipe book set up and organized and I am happy to say that I did get that done so I feel better about that. Now I can focus on my next organizing project which will be my closet. My closet always seems to take a beating especially with my unpredictable health. At the end of the night when I’m tired, I tend to just toss things in to deal with later. This is a recipe for disaster with any space. Taking two minutes to put my clothes away each night saves me so much time in the long run. Can you relate? It’s the same with paper piles, dishes, etc. So over the next couple of days I’m going to do a closet reset and an overall clothes purge. What area needs a reset in your home?

And don’t use lack of storage as an excuse because you can still get organized by looking for storage that might be right there in front of you. Or it might just come down to purging until it fits!

Sometimes the storage you need is right there in front of you

Just remember that life doesn’t have to be perfect to be wonderful.

Life doesn't have to be perfect to be wonderful

Progress always over perfection!

January Resources Recap:

Helpful organizing resources and recap for the month of Jan 2017 at I'm an Organizing Junkie blog

Since it’s the end of the month I want to take a few minutes to recap and remind you about my regular long time sponsors and what they can do for you. They are all amazing and so passionate about organizing. This makes me happy because I know they can help you get organized or, if you want, help you organize others. I love these companies and what they do!!

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Get Organized Wizard is a company designed to help you move from procrastination to action. Their programs help busy men and women take action toward a life of greater happiness, productivity and personal organization. Michelle has many products and programs available to help you with getting organized. You can view all of them and how they can help you by visiting her product page.

Available right now on sale for just $4.95!Organize In 5 Diary – this is a 372-page downloadable PDF that is an interactive diary (you can type, save, edit, search, and print) with a 5-minute decluttering, simplifying, or organizing task for every day of the year.

Organize In 5 Diary is perfect for:

  • People who prefer doing something small every day over larger decluttering or organizing projects
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More info HERE. Also find Get Organized Wizard on Twitter and Facebook.

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Smead Manufacturing Company is a well-known leader in high quality, environmentally responsible and innovative products, most of which are made right here in the USA. Founded in 1906 in Hastings, Minnesota, Smead is a certified woman-owned business offering thousands of organizational products for use in the home or office. For more information on Smead’s products, visit smead.com. For personalized organizing advice, tips and solutions, visit Smead Organomics.

Submit a Smead product review using this link and you could win a $100 Smead shopping spree!!

Also just released is Smead’s new eBook called “Room by Room” organization. It features organization tips and advice for each room in the home from some of the top professional organizers in the world. Download your free copy today HERE. Happy Organizing!

Smead also produces a weekly podcast with organizing tips. Check it out at www.Smead.com/podcast

You can also find Smead on Facebook, Twitter, Pinterest and YouTube!

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Have a great day and I hope you find these awesome organizing resources helpful as you work to make this year your most organized one yet!

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