Is it time for you to eliminate some of the clutter from your home and your life?
You know it’s time to get more organized if…
- You can’t close your closet doors
- You open your cabinets and wonder what will fall out
- You don’t need to dust anymore — because all your surfaces are covered with junk
- Your junk drawer has morphed into a junk room
- Your storage area has reached capacity
- You can’t park your car(s) in the garage
However, knowing it and actually doing it are two totally different things!
It can be difficult to eliminate unnecessary and useless items from your home, even though you know it will give you more order and organization. However, taking a logical “love it or lose it” approach should make it easier to clear your clutter and regain your cherished storage spaces.
Let me show you what I mean:
Love it –> Plates, bowls, cups, and glasses that easily nest into other pieces; and Double-duty kitchen gadgets
Lose it –> Storage containers that are missing their tops or bottoms, dishes that are chipped, broken glassware, and unused water bottles and coffee cups.
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Love it –> Any movie that you watch repeatedly and classic books you enjoy revisiting.
Lose it –> 8 tracks, records, books you never intend to read, your entire collection of CD’s (after you transfer them to your computer or MP3 player).
Love it –> Your favorite sweatshirt and jeans, an appropriate mixture of business and casual clothing, and at least one of each basic clothing item.
Lose it –> Clothes you hope to fit into some day, stained, damaged, unflattering, and outdated clothing.
Love it –> Great ideas, happy thoughts, and things you can control
Lose it –> Negative feelings, other people’s problems, and anything that’s out of your control
Lose it –> Old artwork and treasures, books and toys that are too “young” for them, and worn out clothing
Remember, you are the adult, and your children will want to keep EVERYTHING!
Love it –> A FEW keepsakes and family heirlooms, your favorite vacation souvenir, and small collections (as long as they can be beautifully displayed)
Lose it –> Everything else!
Taking a “Love It or Lose It” approach to getting organized should help to simplify the decision-making process for your next organizing project. These deciding factors can serve as your guidelines for which items will stay and which will soon find another home.
What was the last item you purged?