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3 Tips for organizing your spring clearing

I attended the Association of Professional Declutterers and Organizers annual conference in London England this year.  It was enlightening to learn and share ideas with Professional Organizers from England, Scotland, Wales, Netherlands, Japan, Dubai and the United States.  This is where I picked up the phrase “Spring Clearing”.

Start with clearing out the items that are:

Broken 

They are the easiest to let go of but may be hard to get transported to the waste depot.  If you can’t take them yourself can call a junk removal company or make a trade with a friend or neighbour.  They can take your things to the dump and you can ….. bake a pie, mow their lawn, help with their gardening, have them over for supper…..

Donations

There are things that you might not have used in a while, your children have outgrown playing with certain toys, you have a new one and you can let go of an older model of the same item, or interests and hobbies have changed……. Take these items to thrift stores or call and see if they will pick up your donations.

Want them but don’t need them

This group of items are hard to let go of.  Try to let go of 2 or 3 items that have some sentimental value but you don’t need them and you don’t have space for them.  It takes time and practice to be able to let go of these things.  With time it will get easier and you will enjoy having less things are taking up space that you can use in a new way opening up new and exciting adventures in your life.

Here is a video of my adventure doing spring clearing.

A flood started the clearing process and then I just continued deciding what things were around my home that I didn’t need.

If you need information on where to donate and recycle items send me your email address and I will send you a 9 page resource document.

Julie Stobbe is a Trained Professional Organizer who brings happiness to homes and organization to offices, in person and virtually. She enjoys working with her clients to provide customized organizing solutions to suit their individual needs and situation. She reduces clutter, streamlines processes and manages time to help her clients be more effective in reaching their goals. Contact her at julie@mindoverclutter.ca

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5 Spring cleaning and organizing tips for your home office

Spring cleaning your home office can lead you in many directions.  Perhaps:

  • your inbox is inundated,
  • your files are filled or
  • your time management is missing.

You need to start somewhere so let’s start with the S.P.A.C.E. that houses your office.

Look around your office and start:

1. Sorting the items that are visible into groups of papers, books, office supplies, client files, product, advertising materials etc.

Start with the visible clutter first.

2. Pair down each pile to the items that are current and recycle or shred the rest.

3. Assign a convenient place to store your resources.  If you use them often keep them near your desk, if they are used infrequently store them further way but still in your office.  If they are never referred to but needed for tax or legal purposes they can be stored in another room.

4. Take each of those piles and select the best Container for keeping the items organized, binders, magazine holder, bins, boxes etc.

 

Organize with binders

Organize with bins

Organizing for the person who likes to see everything, the visual person

 

 

5. Evaluate your new S.P.A.C.E.to make sure it will help you be more efficient, productive and profitable this year.

 

 

Share one of your office organizing tips in the comment box.

Julie Stobbe is a Trained Professional Organizer who brings happiness to homes and organization to offices, in person and virtually. She enjoys working with her clients to provide customized organizing solutions to suit their individual needs and situation. She reduces clutter, streamlines processes and manages time to help her clients be more effective in reaching their goals. Contact her at julie@mindoverclutter.ca

Tips for Spring Cleaning

Spring is in the air

Spring is in the air

Perhaps Spring Cleaning should be thought of as Winter Clean up.  To make your life easier start by sorting through the things you are going to store for next winter.  If they are:

  • broken, get rid of them
  • if they were not used donate them
  • if you have out grown their use, clothing or toys, donate them

Sometimes donation sites will not take winter items in the spring.  If you are finding it hard to donate your winter items, box them up and label it to donate next winter.  When you see those items next winter they will be ready to leave your house making your life easier.

Now that your space is empty and ready for spring and summer items apply the same rules:

  • if they are broken, get rid of them
  • if you didn’t use them last year donate them
  • if you have out grown their use, clothing or toys, donate them

Donate these items early in the season so donation sites can sell them when people are looking for these types of items.

Finally, you have the things you want to use this spring.  Store them close to where you use them for example,

  • gardening items can be stored in the garage, a shed or near the backdoor
  • patio items, dishes, candles, table cloths, napkins can be all stored together so it is easy to entertain
  • toys for playing with outside, chalk, bubbles, sand toys, trucks, bikes, scooters can be stored so it is easy for children to  get them and put them away without help. This makes cleaning up before they come inside quick and easy.

Make your life easy by keeping only the things you need and love and find the best spot to store them so you can get them out quickly and put them away easily.

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