TLC used to have a show called Clean Sweep, where they had homeowners (on the verge of being hoarders) go through a room and move out all the items to three designated spots in their front yard.
One spot was for all the items they definitely needed to toss. The other location was for items they would sell in an upcoming yard sale. And the last spot, all the items that just needed to get thrown away.
I live like I am on this show. And so should you. Trust me, you’ll thank me later. (Be sure to watch the video on this below.)
I have a simple rule to help me decide whether or not I want to purge something: If I forgot that I had it or never use it, I get rid of it.
If you are nervous about letting it go, stick it in a box in your garage for a week. If you don’t remember it’s there, put the box in the trash or give it to Goodwill.
BINS ARE YOUR BEST FRIEND
Target is great for helping you get organized cheaply. They are known to have adorable organizational buckets and bins in their dollar section. Could it get any easier?
Also, a lot of times they have sales on their canvas bins and baskets in the home section.
Just one more thing for you to buy at Target. 🙂
GROCERY SHOPPING EFFICIENCIES
Clean out your fridge before you go grocery shopping. This will help you get an accurate understanding of what you really need and don’t need from the store. Also, it makes it easier to find things when you organize your fridge well.
Done? Good. Take it to the next level! Organize your grocery list based on the aisles of your grocery store. I know what you’re thinking, Are you mad?
“All the best people are.”
Never again will you make it to the end of the store forgetting something back on aisle three.
JUNK DRAWERS ARE THE DEVIL
Seriously, I hate junk drawers. They serve no purpose except to contain miscellaneous items you didn’t even know you had. Cut the fat! Get it out of there.
If you don’t need it, get rid of it. How do I know if I don’t need it? Check out rule number one again.
DO WHAT WORKS FOR YOU
At the end of the day, you have to do what works for you and the needs of your family. Feeling overwhelmed by the clutter and chaos? Just take it a room at a time a day at a time. Make it a goal: By the end of the month, organize at least one space in your house.
Need more help? Check out Peter Walsh’s tutorial. He knows Oprah. He’s kind of a big deal