De-clutter on a dime!

May 9, 2012

You don’t have to spend a lot of money to get organized!

Ok, so yes, it would be wonderful if we could all afford to get beautiful, built-in closet systems and matching shoe storage boxes… But the simple truth is that you really don’t have to spend much, if anything, on getting yourself organized.

In fact, DON’T BUY ANYTHING AT ALL before you start your organizing projects. One of the biggest misconceptions is that you “need” to get more shelving, or you “need” storage boxes, or you “should” have a system in place to put things as you go…..

While it certainly may be helpful to have a bunch of empty boxes on hand to help you sort your belongings, you don’t need to buy them. Collect some empty paper ream boxes from the office and bring them home for the sorting part. Figure out what you have as your first step. You’ll probably surprise yourself with how much stuff you end up getting rid of, and don’t need to store afterall!

Organizing small spaces, like a jewelry drawer or a bathroom cabinet? Use kitchen mixing bowls or plastic food storage containers to help you sort your stuff into categories – and keep the garbage and recycling bins nearby – you’re going to need them. If you haven’t gone through your medicine cabinet in a while, you will find that half the stuff in there is probably expired.

Simply going through your belongings and figuring out what you have, what you are giving away, and what you are actually keeping is the first and most important step.

After you determine what you have and use, THEN you can figure out a plan for how to arrange, display or store it, and if you really need to buy anything to help you get it done.

You’ll save time and money!


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