Please welcome my guest today, Certified Professional Organizer, Amber Kostelny-Cussen from Amber’s Organizing!
Ditch Clutter in Every Room of the House!
Unload all the spices onto the kitchen table. Unscrew every lid. If you can’t smell a nice aroma or any aroma for that fact, pitch it. Once it looses its odor, all you’re left with is clutter, not a useful spice.
Pull out anything you didn’t wear last season. If you didn’t wear it, there’s a good chance you won’t wear it next season. Don’t forget about your shoes. Get up close and personal with them. Inspect the soles and toes of the shoes. If they are really worn down and really scuffed up, it’s time for a new pair.
For some odd reason, empty boxes and packaging from old internet orders or appliances end up in a pile in the basement. What an easy fix to such a big waste of space! Go garbage hunting in your basement looking for anything broken, useless, and obviously garbage.
The garage is a bad idea for storing anything that needs climate control. Keep paper, books, photos and any precious memorabilia out of the garage. A good rule of thumb is if you wouldn’t leave it outside, don’t leave it in the garage.
Clear off the surface of one dresser. Keep a garbage bin nearby and a mug for loose change. When you get down to the wood get the Pledge out and dust. Next week, do another dresser surface.
Get all clothes, up off the floor. Clean, dirty, and dry clean only clothes easily get mixed up lying all over the floor. Instead, use clearly labeled laundry baskets, rolling carts or hampers.
Open all mail each and every day. Yes, that’s right. That is really the fastest way to keep your office or kitchen countertops from filling up with paper. Recycle all fillers, advertisements, junk mail, and envelopes. Only keep contents, such as the actual bill, bank statement or correspondence letter. At least eighty percent will be tossed, if you do this meticulously.
Before going to bed each evening, look around the family room. Put away anything that is lying out and about where it shouldn’t be on coffee tables, the floor and end tables.
Kids always end up doing projects on the dining room table. It’s a great place to spread out and create a poster board display or art board. However, there’s no reason the dining room has to be a classroom or art room year round. Once the school project is over, clear off the crafting supplies, crayons, paper and markers and put a centerpiece back on the table.
In my opinion, under sink space is most often underutilized and wasted. Spend the extra time to measure the space and find an organizing product that fits well. Stacking drawers or slide out baskets on tracks are my two favorite solutions.
Amber Kostelny-Cussen is a Certified Professional Organizer in Chicago, IL. She started Amber’s Organizing, LLC (www.ambersorganizing.com) in 2004, through which she provides hands-on home organizing services. In her free time, Amber loves to blog and post on Facebook (http://www.facebook.com/ambersorganizingllc) about anything related to organizing.