May seem simple, but how many times have you just tossed something on the table, thinking that you’ll deal with it later. A ton, right?! So easy to say we’ll deal with it later, but the more you think that way, the more clutter is going to take over. Before you know it, you won’t be able to eat dinner at your table because it’s filled with things you need to look over or take care of. Solution? Make it easy on yourself and put everything, I mean EVERYTHING in a place where you use it. It’ll make life a lot easier and you won’t wonder where it is.
I always have this bin in our basement to remind us to get rid of things on a monthly basis. Challenge yourself to donate at least 10 different items every month,
Have kids? Teaching your kids to give back and donate toys they don’t play with anymore is HUGE! This’ll set the stage for their way of living once they’re on their own. To make it fun, have your child decorate their own Toss 10 Bin. Then, at the end of the month, bring them with you to the thrift store or shelter so that they can visually see where they’re toys are going.
It’s really easy to allow those things that need to be dealt with ASAP clutter up the kitchen counter. Whether it’s library books that need to be returned, a shirt that doesn’t fit and needs to be brought back to the store, or a picture frame that came home broken from the store.
What’s the fix? Have 2 bin labeled RETURNS. Set it right at the top/bottom of your staircase or right by your backdoor so you don’t forget about it!
Have you ever felt really good about those times that you weed through your filing cabinet, but when you find a ton of papers that can be shredded…well, that’s when there’s a halt. Who wants to spend hours shredding that huge pile with a 6-sheet shredder? Uh, no thanks. The best way to keep up on that nasty shred pile, well, actually, to eliminate it all together is to literally put the top of your shredder over your recycling bin. That’s what I did in my office and I have to say, since I’ve done this, I don’t have any piles of paper that need to be shredded. When credit card junk mail comes in, instead of putting it in the pile, I immediately shred it. So easy and SAVES SO MUCH TIME!
Tip: If you can do the task in 2 minutes or less, do it right then and there.
If you have to think about an item for 60 seconds or longer, it is probably not worth keeping
If you bring home a new shirt, donate 1 shirt you currently have. If you bring home a new travel mug, donate 1 travel mug.
We can just assume that we have to keep things because we’ve had them so long, but give yourself PERMISSION to simplify and let go
Never put something away that is in need of repair, laundering, or cleaning. Always make sure the item is ready to use the next time you need it.