easy organizing http://www.wisebread.com/taxonomy/term/8441/all en-US 12 Ways a Deep Declutter Can Improve Your Life http://www.wisebread.com/12-ways-a-deep-declutter-can-improve-your-life <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-blog-image"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <a href="/12-ways-a-deep-declutter-can-improve-your-life" class="imagecache imagecache-250w imagecache-linked imagecache-250w_linked"><img src="http://wisebread.killeracesmedia.netdna-cdn.com/files/fruganomics/imagecache/250w/blog-images/home-4794309-small.jpg" alt="declutter" title="declutter" class="imagecache imagecache-250w" width="250" height="169" /></a> </div> </div> </div> <p>I love to declutter. In fact, I love it so much that I seldom have a chance to accumulate enough for proper decluttering. In my mind, a really deep declutter is more than just about cleaning. It's an opportunity to change our lives and reorganize our world. If you need to change things up in your own life, consider a deep declutter. It can help you in lots of unexpected ways. (See also: <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/25-easy-organizing-changes-you-can-make-today" target="_blank">25 Easy Organizing Changes You Can Make Today</a>)</p> <h2>1. Move on From the Past</h2> <p>Decluttering our homes can help us move on from the past &mdash; processing previous relationships, old jobs, and ideas that didn't work. While there's certainly nothing wrong with a bit of sentimentality, holding on to everything can sometimes hold us back.</p> <h2>2. Gain Good Karma</h2> <p>Most of our homes are filled with very useful things that we have no use for ourselves. Free up space by freeing up objects. Donate clothes, cookware, tools, and toys <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/cleaning-out-for-a-cause-make-a-noncash-tax-deductible-donation" target="_blank">to charities for a tax write-off</a> and good karma points.</p> <h2>3. Clear Some Mental Space</h2> <p>It's difficult to feel at peace in a disordered environment. Too much stuff clutters our homes and muddies our minds. If you're in need of a mental or emotional reset, try a bit of declutter therapy.</p> <h2>4. Reorganize</h2> <p>Decluttering is the first step to getting organized. A deep declutter can set the stage for redefining spaces, establishing new habits, getting control of bill paying or budgeting, or setting up a home office.</p> <h2>5. Find What You Already Have</h2> <p>Do you know what's hiding in the back of your closets or the darkest recesses of your basement? Maybe there's a few things back there you could actually use. Avoid buying duplicates or triplicates by rediscovering what you already own.</p> <h2>6. Make Space to Pursue Hobbies</h2> <p>Decluttering our homes can create new space to pursue those hobbies we've put off for so long. Clear out an area in the garage for a woodworking shop, turn the attic into a craft studio, or remake a bedroom into a home office.</p> <h2>7. Make Some Extra Cash</h2> <p>Decluttering can be a cash cow if you're willing to sell on eBay, to a consignment shop, or at a <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/7-mistakes-that-can-ruin-your-yard-sale" target="_blank">well-planned yard sale</a>. Somehow, cleaning closets doesn't seem so daunting when there's a few bucks to be made.</p> <h2>8. Save Money on Storage</h2> <p>Last August, I wrote about <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/7-reasons-why-self-storage-is-a-really-bad-idea" target="_blank">why self-storage is a really bad idea</a>. A big part of the losing equation on storage is the cost. Emptying and eliminating the storage spaces that have become satellite homes for our stuff frees up money. I don't know about you, but I'd much rather have a stuffed wallet than a stuffed storage locker.</p> <h2>9. Reignite Old Interests</h2> <p>Sometimes life gets in the way of our passions and hobbies. The process of decluttering can unearth interests we've tabled and projects we've long forgotten. Declutter with a sense of discovery and stay open to reenergizing those old pursuits.</p> <h2>10. Share Memories</h2> <p>Decluttering can uncover treasures to be passed on and shared with family. A couple of years ago my mom stumbled upon some old photos and silverware that belonged to a late relative. We sent these heirlooms to the relative's granddaughter who loved receiving them and will cherish them more than we ever could.</p> <h2>11. Reduce Your Footprint</h2> <p>When we know exactly what we have, we can skip unnecessary purchases. Likewise, owning less means there's less to store, less to clean, and less to maintain. Decluttering can help reduce our footprints (carbon and otherwise) and help us to live greener lives.</p> <h2>12. Turn a Bad Mood Good</h2> <p>To put it in not-quite-clinical terms, <a href="http://www.denverpost.com/room/ci_8060057" target="_blank">clutter is a downer</a>. Although it may take us awhile to work up the motivation, cleaning and purging our homes of clutter can recalibrate our mood and improve our outlook. Our personal spaces are important and taking the time to spruce things up is a wonderful way to honor ourselves.</p> <p>In a world where sometimes it feels like we have to beat back clutter with a stick, ridding our lives of unnecessary objects is practically therapeutic. The results can be wonderful and the high can be habit-forming. Now grab some boxes from the grocery store and start emptying the attic!</p> <p><em>What's the most surprising or valuable thing you've discovered while decluttering? What's your decluttering schedule or strategy?</em></p> <h2 style="text-align: center;">Like this article? Pin it!</h2> <div align="center"><a data-pin-do="buttonPin" data-pin-count="above" data-pin-tall="true" data-pin-save="true" href="https://www.pinterest.com/pin/create/button/?url=http%3A%2F%2Fwww.wisebread.com%2F12-ways-a-deep-declutter-can-improve-your-life&amp;media=http%3A%2F%2Fwww.wisebread.com%2Ffiles%2Ffruganomics%2Fu5180%2F12%2520Ways%2520a%2520Deep%2520Declutter%2520Can%2520Improve%2520Your%2520Life.jpg&amp;description=12%20Ways%20a%20Deep%20Declutter%20Can%20Improve%20Your%20Life"></a></p> <script async defer src="//assets.pinterest.com/js/pinit.js"></script></div> <p style="text-align: center;"><img src="http://wisebread.killeracesmedia.netdna-cdn.com/files/fruganomics/u5180/12%20Ways%20a%20Deep%20Declutter%20Can%20Improve%20Your%20Life.jpg" alt="12 Ways a Deep Declutter Can Improve Your Life" width="250" height="374" /></p> <br /><div id="custom_wisebread_footer"><div id="rss_tagline">This article is from <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/kentin-waits">Kentin Waits</a> of <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/12-ways-a-deep-declutter-can-improve-your-life">Wise Bread</a>, an award-winning personal finance and <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/credit-cards">credit card comparison</a> website. Read more great articles from Wise Bread:</div><div class="view view-similarterms view-id-similarterms view-display-id-block_2 view-dom-id-1"> <div class="view-content"> <div class="item-list"> <ul> <li class="views-row views-row-1 views-row-odd views-row-first"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/25-easy-organizing-changes-you-can-make-today">25 Easy Organizing Changes You Can Make Today</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-2 views-row-even"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/7-reasons-why-self-storage-is-a-really-bad-idea">7 Reasons Why Self-Storage Is a Really Bad Idea</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-3 views-row-odd"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/10-smart-ways-to-keep-your-entire-life-clutter-free">10 Smart Ways to Keep Your Entire Life Clutter-Free</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-4 views-row-even"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/how-to-downsize-and-declutter">How to Downsize and Declutter</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-5 views-row-odd views-row-last"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/ease-into-minimalism-with-some-simple-steps">Ease Into Minimalism With Some Simple Steps</a></span> </div> </li> </ul> </div> </div> </div> </div><br/></br> Home Organization Productivity decluttering easy organizing living simply Tue, 02 Jul 2013 10:20:56 +0000 Kentin Waits 980185 at http://www.wisebread.com 25 Easy Organizing Changes You Can Make Today http://www.wisebread.com/25-easy-organizing-changes-you-can-make-today <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-blog-image"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <a href="/25-easy-organizing-changes-you-can-make-today" class="imagecache imagecache-250w imagecache-linked imagecache-250w_linked"><img src="http://wisebread.killeracesmedia.netdna-cdn.com/files/fruganomics/imagecache/250w/blog-images/4118482119_f3307745e.jpg" alt="Man at organized desk" title="Man at organized desk" class="imagecache imagecache-250w" width="250" height="140" /></a> </div> </div> </div> <p>I have a bad tendency to let things &mdash; paperwork, tasks, laundry &mdash; pile up. That's why I'm often not as organized as I should be. By the time I go to put things away, I feel like I'm dealing with clutter so powerful it could defeat Godzilla (I've already started on the screenplay for <em>Godzilla vs. That Pile of Stuff I Still Haven't Put Away Since Moving</em>).</p> <p>Thus, I am a huge proponent of making little steps towards organization. Below are 25 ways to organize your home, your finances, and your life that are quick and easy enough to attempt today. Seriously, start making a dent in your disorganization before it turns into a movie-worthy monster. (See also: <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/15-awesome-storage-solutions-for-under-10">15 Awesome Storage Solutions for Under $10</a>)</p> <h2>Organize Your Stuff</h2> <p>From the fridge to the filing cabinet, here are some ideas for organizing your things.</p> <h4>1. Identify What You Want to Organize</h4> <p>Yes, I am telling you to organize your organizing. Make a specific list of what you want to organize &mdash; the bookshelf? Your closet? Your drawers? If you have time, start to formulate a plan. Now, when you have a couple of hours over the weekend, you're ready to attack.</p> <h4>2. Buy Masking Tape and a Marker</h4> <p>Masking tape is a great way to create temporary labels for everything from storage containers in the basement to Tupperware in the freezer. Buy a roll of masking tape and a Sharpie, and always keep them in the same place.</p> <h4>3. Buy Containers and Dividers</h4> <p>If you're planning an organizing project, buy any containers or other organizing tools you need now. Just as with making the list, you're now totally ready to tackle the project when you have a moment.</p> <h4>4. Organize One Drawer or Shelf</h4> <p>Just one. Throw out junk, move things if they belong elsewhere, and neaten up what's left.</p> <h4>5. Find a Place for One Item</h4> <p>Have one item that's never put away, even though you don't always use it? Find it a home.</p> <h4>6. Designate a Donation Bag or Box</h4> <p>Now, when you see something that you want to donate to Goodwill, you can immediately pick it up and put it in the donation box instead of leaving it for later.</p> <h4>7. Lose the Leftovers</h4> <p>You don't need to clean the whole fridge at once &mdash; just remove any questionable leftovers or past-their-prime condiments.</p> <h4>8. Clean&nbsp;Your Bag</h4> <p>Remove everything you use from your purse, messenger bag, or briefcase. Clean out the dust, and put things back in nice and neatly.</p> <h4>9. Get a Mail Organizer</h4> <p>Whether it has different slots for everyone in the house or is just a basket that all the mail gets dropped into, stop throwing your letters and bills on the kitchen table.</p> <h4>10. Pack One Storage Container</h4> <p>Whether it's mementos, out-of-season clothing, or DVDs you rarely watch but want to keep, pack one storage container.</p> <h4>11. Scrapbook One Page</h4> <p>That big pile of photos is daunting. You don't need to organize them all at once, though &mdash; scrapbook one page. This is a great activity to do while watching TV.</p> <h4>12. File Something</h4> <p>Similarly, if you have a big pile of papers waiting to be filed, just tackle some of them &mdash; don't feel like you have to do them all.</p> <h4>13. Set a Yard Sale Date</h4> <p>Give yourself a deadline for getting yard sale items identified and out of the house. Consider asking a friend or neighbor to do the yard sale with you so someone holds you to it.</p> <h4>14. Cut Down on Accumulation</h4> <p>You have less to organize if you simply have less. When you're buying something, ask yourself if you really need it. Read more about this in Kentin's article on the <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/clutter-free-the-zero-accumulation-household">Zero-Accumulation Household</a>.</p> <h2>Organize Your Finances</h2> <p>It's important to know where you stand in order to reach your financial goals. Understand your money situation by making these small steps toward getting your funds organized.</p> <h4>15. Check Your Budget</h4> <p>Look at your budget &mdash; is it still accurate based on your current spending and income? Adjust accordingly. (Don't have a budget yet? <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/the-first-step-to-budgeting">Make one</a>!)</p> <h4>16. Start Saving for a Specific Goal</h4> <p>Whether you open an online savings account or put $20 in an envelope labeled &quot;new couch fund,&quot; make a plan for saving.</p> <h4>17. Research Opportunities to Streamline Your Accounts</h4> <p>Join a site like <a href="https://www.mint.com">Mint</a> or <a href="https://www.adaptu.com">Adaptu</a> that helps you see all of your accounts in one place, or take Craig's <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/6-quick-tips-for-organizing-your-finances">financial organization advice</a> and find ways to put more of your accounts under one bank.</p> <h2>Organize Your Computer</h2> <p>At work or at home, a disorganized computer can make for a unproductive day.</p> <h4>18. Set Up Folders</h4> <p>Are all of your files loose in&nbsp;&quot;My Documents?&quot; Create folders for different areas, and move files accordingly.</p> <h4>19. Clean Off Your Desktop</h4> <p>Now that you have those lovely folders, clean off your desktop. I have a chronic habit of downloading files to my desktop and not putting them elsewhere &mdash; in fact, I&nbsp;have (gulp) almost two monitors full right now. I'll be doing this one later tonight.</p> <h4>20. Answer Old Emails</h4> <p>If your inbox is piling up with messages you need to reply to, take a few minutes to start chipping away.</p> <h4>21. Hide Facebook &quot;Friends&quot;</h4> <p>Feeling inundated with status updates that you just don't care about but read anyway? <a href="http://gadgetwise.blogs.nytimes.com/2009/04/13/on-facebook-no-unfriending-goes-unnoticed/">Hide&nbsp;Facebook updates</a> from repeat offenders. You'll still be friends, but you won't have to read about their disgust and fury every time the grocery store is out of cilantro.</p> <h2>Organize Your Time</h2> <p>Feel like you never have time to organize? Well, maybe your time is exactly what you need to tackle.</p> <h4>22. Track Your Time</h4> <p>Whether you use a spreadsheet or a <a href="http://lifehacker.com/5362829/five-best-time+tracking-applications">time-tracking application</a>, better understand where your time is going.</p> <h4>23. Get a Calendar</h4> <p>Even if you think you don't need it, almost everyone can benefit from having a calendar. I especially love <a href="http://calendar.google.com">Google Calendar</a>, because it allows you to share your calendar with friends. Being able to see what my close friends are doing makes it easier to plan get-togethers.</p> <h4>24. Look at Your Calendar</h4> <p>A calendar won't do you any good if you don't <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/budgeting-hack-gift-calendars">use it</a>. This might seem obvious, but I know plenty of folks who have calendars and never actually look at them.</p> <h4>25. Make a Chore Chart</h4> <p>If you have a family or roommates, a chore chart can help you fairly split tasks. And even if you live alone, having a list of chores can help you spread them out over the week.</p> <p><em>What quick ways to get organized did I miss? Share your thoughts in the comments.</em></p> <h2 style="text-align: center;">Like this article? Pin it!</h2> <div align="center"><a data-pin-do="buttonPin" data-pin-count="above" data-pin-tall="true" data-pin-save="true" href="https://www.pinterest.com/pin/create/button/?url=http%3A%2F%2Fwww.wisebread.com%2F25-easy-organizing-changes-you-can-make-today&amp;media=http%3A%2F%2Fwww.wisebread.com%2Ffiles%2Ffruganomics%2Fu5180%2F25%2520Easy%2520Organizing%2520Changes%2520You%2520Can%2520Make%2520Today.jpg&amp;description=25%20Easy%20Organizing%20Changes%20You%20Can%20Make%20Today"></a></p> <script async defer src="//assets.pinterest.com/js/pinit.js"></script></div> <p style="text-align: center;"><img src="http://wisebread.killeracesmedia.netdna-cdn.com/files/fruganomics/u5180/25%20Easy%20Organizing%20Changes%20You%20Can%20Make%20Today.jpg" alt="25 Easy Organizing Changes You Can Make Today" width="250" height="374" /></p> <br /><div id="custom_wisebread_footer"><div id="rss_tagline">This article is from <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/meg-favreau">Meg Favreau</a> of <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/25-easy-organizing-changes-you-can-make-today">Wise Bread</a>, an award-winning personal finance and <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/credit-cards">credit card comparison</a> website. 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