Friday, July 15, 2011

Organizing Friday Finale (For Me)


I was an active with 52 Weeks of Organizing in the beginning of this year.  But then we put our house up for sale and moved.  So I had to make our house “sellable” and then move all our stuff to the new house. 

In this process we were able to get rid of the things we don’t use anymore J  As we unpacked all the boxes we again put everything in its “home” and got rid things that didn’t fit into our new space. 
During the moving process I picked up Laura’s book. I am finished reading and implementing the 101 fabulous tips so I want to pass the book onto someone else.

But first I want to tell you my top 10 tips from the book.

 1. Less is More. My husband and I have realized “stuff” had taken over our lives. We want to live simply and not be defined by all of our things.

2. Give everything a designated place. Since we just moved it was easy to start fresh and give all our things a “home”

3. Never leave a room empty handed. I have made this a habit and find my house less cluttered.

4. Set up a beverage station. My husband is the coffee drinker and he has his coffee pot below a cabinet with all the necessities above. Great idea!

5. Start every week with a menu plan. I have a menu board for the month and my family picks out what they want to eat each week. See LINK Scroll down to the end of the post.

6. Toss your junk mail right away. We go through our mail right away and recycle all our junk mail and file the rest. No more piles to go through!

7. Streamline kitchen utensils. How many of those tools do you really use? Take them all out and put them in a box. Return them to your drawer as you use them. After a month get rid of what you don’t use. Yes, can keep the special occasion ones.

8. Organize while watching TV. While I don’t organize so much anymore I use the commercial time to clean. I can load a dishwasher, start laundry, fold laundry, dust, clean a toilet…. And still watch my show. I don’t feel like such a couch potato.

9. Have a house keeping mission statement. You will have to get the book to read Laura’s. I totally agree with what she says.

10. Invite company over for motivation. Nothing like a deadline.

Don’t you want to know the other 91 tips???? If you would like a chance at receiving my gently used Clutter Rehab book, you have to tell me an organizing tip you use in your house and give me your email. I will then put you all in a hat and pick the winner. Deadline: July 20th.

Of course I will continue to read Laura's Fridays post and read all the great tips! 
Thanks for stopping by.


Alycia Freimund said...

I've been eyeing up Laura's book for a while. Since we are in the process of cleaning up our financial clutter, thanks to Dave Ramsey! Since my children are young, 6 and 4, they always seem to want something from a tiny toy to something larger scale. I am saying "No". In this process, it's saving me money and keeping the house free of any more useless junk. I am a work in progress and it's not always easy, sometimes I cave=( I love how you are offering your genly used copy of the book! Thanks for your consideration on how I could use this book to clear up my life even more!

Marsha S said...

We bought our own home, closing March 2. We had been renting the basement of his sisters house for 2 years. We seemed to eliminate a LOT of stuff starting when we found out we were approved for a loan. You would not believe that renting 3 rooms in her basement and having a little storage room on the other side of her basement, a few things in the garage and a few things in the shed---we still have 2 moving trucks full as well as 3 truck loads and several car loads to move!
I did so well putting everything in it's place when we got here..only took me 2 weeks to unpack it all and put it away (minus a tote of games I've not put away yet) However, it didn't take long to allow clutter to start taking over again.
I will putting up my own blog post later today.

Anonymous said...

I hate you.

Love, Cheryl

Anonymous said...

I am separating the three biggest paper/clutter makers for me into three categories...home school, piano teaching, financial. They are getting three separate homes and thus only a small area to organize at a time IF I get behind...hmm maybe when I get behind. By individualizing these I can handle a 5 minute clean or a 30 minute deep clean for each area.
pianomom 02 at g mail dot com

Ayrton Sebastián Luna said...

A tip that works great for me is "pick up after yourself". I think about that every time I am tempted to leave out something that I just used. I would love to get Laura's book.


Brenda said...

I have designated give away bags. Bag for my daughters outgrown clothes, bag that goes to my sister, my Mom etc. When the bag gets full it goes to them, and I get rid of clutter, and continue on my organization mission. Tyhanks for the chance.
smsteach @ ptd (dot) net

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