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26 home office must haves for a small business.

Its been about a year since I started working from home and, let me tell you, having an efficient office space has been so important.

Not only does it enable me to get things done quickly and easily, but it also makes my work space both comfortable and productive.

Whether you’re setting up your home office for the first time or needing to get your existing office whipped into shape, give these 26 home office must haves a shot and you will be amazed at how much more productive you are.

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Home office must haves and tips.

How to set up a good home office.

I’ve found the key to setting up a good home office is making it functional.

Do this by thing through how you plan to use your office, what makes that process easier or faster, and how can you make sure each of those elements are productive and safe.

Which is exactly what I’ve been doing while my office is a lovely, well decorated space, I quickly discovered it wasn’t all so functional when I actually started working in it.

So over the last few months, I’ve worked hard to make that pretty space into an efficient and productive home office.

I hope this simple list of home office must haves helps you get your office set up for success.

Home office essentials list.

Ok, lets get to the good stuff! Here are the 26 items you should make sure you have in your home office.

1 Computer

In today’s day and age, it’s critical that you have a fast, reliable computer to use for your small business.

Depending on your preference, both lap top and desk tops are great options.

Obviously, as a blogger, I do most of my work on the computer, so I invested in a nice one.

2 Monitor

If you choose to use a desk top computer, be sure to get a decent sized monitor and place it on a stand if needed to make it the right height.

You can also hook up a laptop to a larger monitor if you want to.

3 Software

One of the things that can make or break your success is having the right software.

Again, think through what your business needs to work well – is that a word processor? spread sheets? photo editing?

Make a list of what you need to do your work and then research the best options for each.

4 printer/scanner

Having a quality printer/scanner has been a game changer for me!

Prior to getting my current printer, I always struggled when I needed to print something, and now I can print wirelessly from any where in my home. It’s amazing!

Be sure to do some research and find one that fits on your printer station and has the features you need for your business.

5 Tech support

I truly believe that one of the most important things to have in place for your home office is reliable tech support.

Imagine setting up your home office with all of the expensive equipment listed here only to have an issue that you can’t fix on your own and no one to call.

The thought of dealing with technical issues has always stressed me out – I mean, my entire business is done online so having someone to call with questions (no matter how big or small) is huge for me. It’s like having my own IT department.

6 wireless mouse

I seriously can’t live without my wireless mouse.

They’re easy to use and simple to pack up and take with you if you’re working remotely.

7 wireless keyboard

Another thing you’ll need is a keyboard! The wireless ones are easy to use and convenient for keeping cords to a minimum.

8 High speed internet

High speed internet is a serious home office must have.

Check with your local provider for which speed is going to be best for the type of online work your plan to do.

9 wireless router

Now that you have internet, a wireless router makes things much more efficient.

Not having to have your computer plugged into the internet cable allows you to work anywhere in your office or even the rest of your home.

10 Back up drive or cloud storage.

I was once told that it’s important to save your files in three places – on your computer, on a back up drive and to the cloud.

I’ll be honest, at this point I’m only doing two of those, but either way, make sure you have a back up of all your files somewhere.

11 Telephone

Most likely you already have a smart phone but if you don’t – be sure to get a land line so you can have a phone number and a way for people to call your company.

12 Paper shredder

If you deal with any confidential information, having a paper shredder is definitely one of the home office must haves you’re going to need. Be sure to recycle the paper after you shred it.

13 USB drive

Even with cloud storage, it’s important to have physical ways to save files and take them with you or give them to other people.

Keep a low cost USB stick on hand for the random times you need that capability.

14 Head phones with a mic

Head phones are nice when working remotely or when someone is in the office with you.

I’ve also found that using head phones with a built in mic is more effective on conference calls or video chats than the mic on my computer.

15 Surge protector

A surge protector can keep your electronics safe in case of a power surge. They’re an affordable way to protect your expensive equipment, so don’t skip this one.

16 Desk

How well your desk functions will be critical to your success – so think hard about what size and height you need.

Also consider if you want one that can rise to a standing position.

I actually started with a desk that was way too small for me, and it made working so frustration.

I finally realized I needed one that was large enough for my computer, a note pad on one side and my planner on the other – that’s 5′ wide!

So just make sure you think through your preferences and needs before buying one.

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17 Chair

It might sound cheesy, but getting a quality chair is extremely important for your body’s health and well being.

Especially if your sitting init working alot of hours in the day.

Opt for one that’s ergonomic and sits you at the right height for your desk top.

18 Adequate lighting

If your home office doesn’t have an abundance of windows be sure to have enough lighting to make it easy on your eyes to work.

This could include a floor lamp to light up the entire room or a desk lamp to focus on your desk top.

19 File cabinet

If your keeping your office well-organized you’re most likely going to need a file cabinet for filing your records.

Many desks come with one in their drawers, but if not, you can get small ones on wheels that roll under your desk top or into a corner.

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20 storage

Have a few storage cabinets or cupboards for your back stock supplies.

We purchased and hung some basic white cabinets in my office specifically for that.

21 fire proof safe.

Keep your valuables safely stowed away in a fire proof safe.

This can be stored in your desk or a cabinet, just make sure it’s easily accessible.

22 personal decor

As I’m sure you know, I’m a huge fan of making things pretty.

I also like having personalized items in my space to make it feel more like me.

I’d encourage you to add photos, art, signs, pillows, blankets, even rugs to your home office and make it feel more like your space.

23 plants

Real plants have been known to add quality to the air, and I’ve found that even faux plants add a cheerful element. Try adding a small one to your desk.

24 White board or cork board

Hang a white board or board on the wall for writing notes or reminders to yourself.

I actually use my white board to schedule out my week using sticky notes- which just goes to show that you can use it in what ever way you need to keep yourself on track.

25 Planner

Having and using a planner will make you a lot more efficient because it will help you keep track of what needs to be done.

Grab one that organizes time the way you generally think about it – in days, weeks, or months.

26 Back stock of supplies

Always keep a full stock of your needed office supplies in one of your storage cabinets.

This could include paper, paper clips, pens, scissors, staples, etc.

New office step up check list.

Now, lets review these home office must haves in list form (since it’s my favorite way to see information)

  • 1. Computer
  • 2. monitor
  • 3. software
  • 4. printer/scanner
  • 5. Tech support
  • 6. wireless mouse
  • 7. wireless key board
  • 8. high speed internet
  • 9. wireless router
  • 10. back up drive or cloud storage
  • 11. telephone
  • 12. paper shredder
  • 13. USB
  • 14. head phones with mic
  • 15. surge protector
  • 16. desk
  • 17 chair
  • 18. lighting
  • 19. file cabinet
  • 20. Storage
  • 21. safe
  • 22. personalized decor
  • 23. plants
  • 24. white board or cork board
  • 25. planner
  • 26. Back stock of supplies

I hope these simple ideas for setting up your office in an efficient and productive way were helpful!

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Messy house? Do these two things every day

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Welcome to my world.

The bewilderment alot of people feel because their house isn’t any cleaner even though they’re home all the time is what drove me to start this blog.

When I started, this blog was annonymous. I was embarrassed and confused because my house was always a mess no matter what I did. Now its 2020, and sharing what I’ve learned about how to bring a home out of disaster status and keep it under control is my full time gig.

I have bad news and good news.

The bad news is that there isn’t a magical solution. Being in your house doesn’t make it clean. Cleaning is what makes it clean.

The good news is that there is a real-world solution. I’ve figured it out and boiled it down and shared it over and over again,

Today I’m sharing the two small tasks that make the biggest difference. If you do these two things every day (or even almost every day) your house will improve.

I promise.

Do your dishes

I run my dishwasher at night and empty it in the morning (with morning being a fluid term these days) And may days, lately, I run my dishwasher twice.

Do your dishes (whether you have a dishwasher or not) everyday, at some point during the day, and after a week you’ll figure out the time of day that works best in your home.

Just don’t give up after the first day, if you haven’t been doing your dishes daily, that first day will involve catching up. The time you spend doing dishes on day one is no indication of how long it will take you to do your dishes on the following days.

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Do a 5 minute pick up.

I really do mean five minutes. And I do really mean a pick up.

I’m not talking about a speed clean. Don’t stick everything in an empty basket to put away later.

Set a timer for five minutes and start picking things up and putting them away.

It really is that simple.

But I completely understand if your brain wont accept that it’s actually that simple. I’ve written about every objection, every but-what-about-and every she-has-no-idea-what-my-house-is-like thought you could thing of.

Here, though, in this one blog post, I’ll share the basics.

  • Set the timer for 5 minutes and stop after 5 minutes. If you keep going fine. But don’t say your going to do 5 minutes and then feel guilty for stopping after 5 minutes.
  • 5 minutes will make an impact. 5 minutes everyday (or almost everyday) will make a big impact after multiple days.
  • Do a 5 minute pick up when ever you think about doing it.
  • Start in the most visible areas of your home.
  • Remind yourself that it’s worth teaching your family members this skill even though teaching it isn’t fun at all. Once they get it, the impact multiplies. Example: 5 minutes times 4 people equals 20 minutes of impact on your home.
  • Out law pooping during pick up time. According to your unique understanding of your unique family members, make them go before or after. I recommend after because the people who claim to need to poop can draw it out with the hope that you will forget or go ahead with out them.

Is it really this simple to have a beautifully clean home?

Ummmm….NO WAY!!

There’s so much more to do to have a beautifully clean home.

But if you want a beautifully clean home, this is where you start. No home will ever be beautifully clean, with out doing the dishes.

Every home that’s beautifully clean has people living in it who puts things away.

And even though there’s no magical solution, there’s magic that happens when you do these two things.

Your house will look so much better. Just from these two tasks. I mean it. I wouldn’t have believed it either, but I experienced it. I’d lived all these years thinking the answer to my messy house was a week with nothing else to do so I could clean it perfectly and then start maintaining.

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That never worked.

Only when I started doing small things everyday did I start to see real change in my home. I was surprised, too, so don’t feel bad if your skeptical.

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9 Things to stop buying if you want to be a minimalist.

What ever being a minimalist means to you, we all crave a life filled with less clutter.

We often surround ourselves with mounds and mounds of material possessions that slowly consume our homes and then our minds.

If you are on a journey to find a more minimal life style then you probably have done everything you think you should to get yourself there.

You probably de cluttered your homes, you bought matching containers, and you made multiple trips to good will.

If you’ve gotten this far, kudos to you!

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Some times this step alone can be daunting, but if you made it there, or want to get there we all need to stop doing this one thing.

Buying more stuff!

I am a big fan of retail therapy, but what happens is you are setting your newly de cluttered life up for failure…which will make you need to reach back out to therapy..retail therapy…

What a vicious circle.

We purge, we feel better. We buy, we feel better.

So this is a rather difficult thing to balance, but it can be done more easily than you think.

Your desire to want to be more minimal has to outweigh the need to buy more items.

The benefits that come from living a simpler, decluttered and minimalist life are too good to ignore.

https://uncommomspaces.com/de-clutter-your-home-fast/ in this post you will leave 5 simple ideas for decluttering your home quickly.

If you want a clear mind, a clean home, and a more balanced life, then you need to stop buying the following things.

Clothes

You have got to learn how to respect the clothes that you have. I know that may sound odd, buy we end up wearing the clothes we respect again and again for a reason.

They make our bodies look more attractive, they are made out of better quality material, they make us feel good about ourselves.

This type of relationship does not develop with cheap T-shirts that stretch out in one wash, or a pair of pants that you constantly have to adjust.

There is a reason why you stick with certain pieces in your closet. Remove all the clothes you do not respect even if that brings you down to a closet fill with less then 20 pieces.

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Only buy new clothes that you will love for years to come, that will last, and that will respect you back.

So put down that $5 tank top and stop buying clothes just to buy them, and start making thoughtful buying decisions in your minimalist life style.

Over all the best part of having a minimalist wardrobe is it will save you time, money, and those morning headaches of figuring out what to wear.

Gifts

Ok, not all gifts, but physical gifts. We often feel the need to buy tons of material possessions for birthdays, anniversaries, Christmas, etc.

Instead of buying clutter that you are now going to pass on to someone else, think about giving people experiences as gifts. Its a minimalist concept that yields huge results.

The obvious gift card is a good one, but you could give people vouchers for massages, rock climbing, golfing, kayaking, movie tickets, or concert tickets, etc.

Pass on memories and an experience that will enrich your loved ones life. Versus buying a new shirt they may or may not wear.

Duplicates of self care items.

If you want to practice minimalism you need to get in the habit of using one self care product completely before you buy duplicates.

For example, use up the entire bottle of lotion before buying a new one.

We tend to stockpile supplies, and this, of course, comes in handy, but there is a difference from having one extra tooth paste on hand versus 10.

We also hold on to a lot of items in our bathroom for that one day. One day I might crimp my hair, one day I might use this fancy hair clip. Many times that day never comes, so only keep around what you actually use.

Home decor.

No, its not like you shouldn’t buy new things for your home. What needs to change about buying home decor is that your buying something with purpose and thoughtfulness

If you know you want a new comforter set, the go buy a comforter set.

Just don’t walk by a new comforter set at Ross and on a whim decide to buy it if it was never an intentional purchase.

As you buy new things for your home, replace it with something old that you can let go of.

Items on sale.

We get suckered into good sales and unfortunately bad sales.

Good sales are the one that actually saved you money and you got what you needed.

Bad sales are when you end up spending more money than intended for an item you never were going to buy, just because it was on sale.

Sales have a way of convincing you that you are ignorant to pass up this opportunity, but be wary of the trap.

If you truly want to practice a life of minimalism, you are going to have to look past sales on items that will just become more clutter in your home.

Extra food.

I don’t even need to find a study on how much food we waste, because it’s common knowledge.

We end up wasting alot of food in our lives.

We over buy, we don’t end up eating what we bought, and then in the trash, it goes.

I know this isn’t always on purpose, maybe we were hungry when we went shopping that day. What ever the reason, if you are finding you end up throwing away alot of food every week, you may simply be buying too much.

Really examine your next week of groceries.

Do you ever finish all the herbs you purchased before they go bad? Maybe you could grow some instead?

Maybe you never can finish all the veggies you bought. Make sure you incorporate these specific veggies into your meals for the entire week, not just one meal.

Try not to create such different meals for everyday of the week. Instead of tacos and then lasagna. How about tacos, and then mexican salad? How else are you going to use up the bundle of cilantro.

Single use kitchen gadgets.

There are some cool kitchen gadgets out there, but many of them are extremely bulky.

Try to find multi function kitchen appliances that can save you tons of space in your kitchen.

Instead of a small bullet blender, a real blender, a chopper, and a salsa maker, one good blender can perform all of these functions.

A waffle maker can also make toasted panini sandwhiches! No need for a panini maker.

A toaster oven can make your toast. No need for a toaster.

Think about reducing the number of kitchen gadgets and think twice before you buy something that maybe something you already own can handle.

Containers, purses, and bags.

Unless it’s for a purpose, we often go crazy with buying things, to put things in. We buy containers on a whim, and often they do not fit the space we wanted to use it for.

With out a plan, buying containers and hoping they will work under our sinks and in our pantry end up just being extra clutter we use some where else.

We also collect purses, bags, grocery bags, canvas totes, extra coolers, travel bags, make up bags, etc.

Sometimes it just hard to purge these items, you might be on a budget, or just do not have the funds. https://uncommomspaces.com/7-tips-to-de-clutter-on-a-low-income-and-why-its-different

Try to limit yourself to only the essential bags you will actually use.

If you find a life changing beach bag or a new make up bag, remove the old one to make room for the new, instead of stock piling.

Items you could make.

Of course, this category is not for every one. But there are many things we do spend money on and bring into the home that we could easily have made with the ingredients and supplies we already have.

Cleaning supplies: You can make any house hold cleaner with vinegar, baking soda, and essential oils now a days.

Cards: If you have crafting supplies, many people could make a birthday or holiday card with the supplies they already have in their home.

Throw pillows: Instead of buying a new one, take a shirt or and old sheet you no longer need and cut, wrap, and sew a new cover bringing an old throw pillow new life.

Clothes: There are hundreds of tutorials on how to turn your existing clothes into T-shirt bags, tank tops, shorts, from jeans etc. Reinvent the clothes you have instead of buying more.

Paint your furniture: If you really are craving white for that clean minimalist feel. Then paint what you already have white. Don’t rush out to buy new furniture or worse. Just add in more to what you already have.

Becoming more of a minimalist takes practice, patients, and self-awareness. We no longer just try to ce clutter out homes, we are trying to declutter our lives and in the process becoming more full filled with what we already have.

Contentment is not easy, especially in a day and age of intense consumerism. Yet it can be done.

Remember that you are in control of what you buy, you are in control of what you spend your money on, and you are in control of what comes into your home. Its also coming into your mind.

So be thoughtful about your purchases and know that the benefits from this type of life style will out weigh that novelty coffee cup you thought you just HAD to have!

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The financial cost of “someday stock piling.

These last few weeks, I’ve been thinking about a garage sale. I have already been de cluttering on a regular basis for the last year and a half. So I was afraid I would find little to sell. At the same time, I wanted this to be our best yard sale to date since I want to do all that I can to help our family prepare for the trip to California we plan to take.

In the end, we hauled four truck loads worth of stuff to the local Good Will.

As I was hauling items to sell out of various locations through out the house I noticed a trend.

Alot of items were what I like to call “someday” stock pile items.

Some day I will have the time to scrap book again so I should save these supplies. (never mind that I switched to making photo books, years ago).

Some day we might go back to tent camping and these lanterns will be needed again.

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Perhaps it was because I recently listened to the Life
Changing Magic of Tidying Up, or that I am currently following fellow blogger A Slob Comes Clean. But suddenly my eyes were opened that holding onto someday items even if I did have space for them in my house – was costing me money.

Each year you hold on to some day items they are losing value.

New and improved models for just about everything come out every year and rarely do older items go up in value, at least not the type of items I was holding on to.

Each year you hold onto some day items there is a risk that they will become damaged and there fore lose more value.

I had stuck several some day items in the basement and when I brought them upstairs into better light, I realized some items had mildew growing on them that would not wipe off and I had to toss them. Had I simply sold them right away after realizing I wasn’t going to get the project they were intended for anytime soon, I would have been able to recoup some of my initial investment.

https://uncommomspaces.com/how-to-get-motivated-to-clean-when-your-overwhelmed-by-the-mess/ I found by doing some research some really interesting facts.

Each year you hold onto someday items you have less room and this can lead to storage expenses.

This has not happened to our family yet. I hope it never does, but I know better than to say never, that word always has me eating humble pie. It is so easy to think out homes have become much too small and either spend money getting a bigger home or money on a storage unit for our stuff.

Its much cheaper to buy back things should your someday ever arrive than to pay either storage fees, more rent, or higher mortgage costs. Plus with a larger living area come larger heating and cooling bills and often higher property tax.

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Each year you add to your someday pile your home becomes more cluttered, which comes with a hidden price.

I have been decluttering for the past year and a half now. And I no longer want to escape my home. Instead, I want to stay home and enjoy the haven it is becoming.

Going out is rarely free. Either we spend money on food, entertainment, or more someday stuff.

How to cure the someday stockpile problem.

Thankfully the solution to the financial cost of someday stockpiling is pretty simple.

When you are about to buy something new

If you are about to buy something new (or new to you) no matter how low in cost the item ask your self “can I fit the project this item creates into my calendar with in the next 6 months?” Be brutally honest and if the answer is no, don’t buy it.

Also ask your self “how many projects have I already added to my calendar?” And will adding this item to my list be too much.

These questions can apply to supplies for a new or existing hobby, buying supplies for a home renovation project and more.

When you are decluttering.

If you are de cluttering ask your self the same questions, realistically, will I be able to use up these items in the next 6 months? If the answer is no, sell the items and get back more now for them than when you finally give up on the idea 3 years from now.

The key is to be brutally honest about your life and what fits into it and what doesn’t. You also have to be confident in who you are and what you enjoy. Perhaps you thought you could become one of those cool moms that sew up cute outfits for their babies, but truth be told sewing just doesn’t interest you.

Asking these questions day in and day out both as you purchase items and as you de clutter your home will save you a significant amount of money over time as well as put money back into your wallet through re sale.

Stop stockpiling for someday and start living today clutter free. Your home and wallet will thank you!

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9 reasons you fear de cluttering clothes (and how to get past it).

In this post we’ll discuss nine reasons why so many of us fear decluttering clothes. To successfully de clutter your wardrobe, it’s imperative to recognize many of the seemingly logical excuses we make are actually based on fear.

It’s harder to de clutter clothes, so we’ll also talk about mind set shifts and strategies you can practice to conquer your fears about getting rid of clothes you don’t wear.

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These are part of my essential de cluttering tips to help you enjoy a clutter free home and life whether you struggle with one of all of these issues, I know you can reach your goal of a de cluttered and amazing wardrobe.

There is some tough love in the post… Please understand that it comes from a place of wanting you to be happy and comfortable with your home.

Ready to stop feeling like a clothes hoarder and end the fear of de cluttering your clothes? Keep reading…

How to recognize that you fear de cluttering clothing.

The first obstacle many face when learning how to de clutter your wardrobe is thinking it’s necessary to keep everything. We may not recognize this fear, but that’s what it is.

We often phrase this fear in a way that gives us a logical – sounding reason to keep too may clothes.

But in the end, fear is just an excuse. Which is awesome because it means you can find even better reasons to get rid of clothing you don’t need.

Here are some of the fears I and many others have worked through, along with some tips to help you stop making excuses due to fear.

1 What if I de clutter too many clothes?

Are you afraid you’ll de clutter so much that you wont be able to assemble complete outfits?

The odds of that happening are so low that you really shouldn’t worry about it. If you managed to dress yourself daily now, and you don’t wear everything you own, then you have nothing to worry about.

Besides, after you declutter, you will still have at least a base wardrobe. Many people call this a capsule wardrobe and find it makes creating a variety of outfits easier than when trying to work with an overwhelming wardrobe.

Try this:

  • Store half of your current season clothes in covered bins.
  • Put the bins somewhere you wont see them everyday. If you don’t have the space for bins, store them in zippered bags under your bed.
  • Then, just see how it goes for two months. Set a reminder on your phone or in your planner to do a wardrobe review.
  • Did you miss anything? Did you forget about those clothes you didn’t wear?
  • If you didn’t miss anything, pack those bins in your vehicle and drop them off at a donation center. Don’t even open them, just let them go.
  • Do this every season for a year.

2 I’ll be sad if my closet isn’t full.

This fear is so powerful. Triggered by our need to fill and desire to exceed the basic necessities of life, we start to equate a smaller wardrobe with an empty closet. We confuse it with lack, poverty, and failure.

Turn that thinking on its head:

  • Rejoice because you can find all your clothes which means you are successful at organizing.
  • Everything works together… or works on its own because it’s an amazing piece. This means you continue to provide well for your self.
  • Your clothes have room to breathe, so they will be less wrinkled and require less preparation time before wearing. You care for yourself and your possessions admirably.

3 My clothes are my identity. Getting rid of them would be like losing part of myself.

No, a wardrobe is simply a collection of inanimate objects.

Keeping the best of your clothes is making a positive choice. And when you keep and wear only the clothes that make you feel amazing, it means you’re not afraid to be your very best self all the time.

Or – a related fear – you just know people would talk about you… how you used to dress so well, but obviously now you can’t afford a decent wardrobe.

Well, first of all, most people really wont notice. We’re all naturally less observant of what others wear then ourselves. So, stop letting that concern you.

Second, if you have friends like that, it may be time to expand your circle to include people who really care about you and don’t gossip. I know, not exactly the point here… but not all of our decluttering is about physical objects.

4 What if I have to go back to work.

Maybe you successfully work from home right now, but in the back of your mind lives the niggling worry that something will happen and you will have to get a “real” job again.

So you hold onto your old work clothes, because you want to be ready just in case.

Plus the idea of replacing those expensive work clothes makes you cringe.

Been there, felt that. This ones very personal. Guess what I kept in my closet for two years after I quit a job which I knew I would never return? Yep, work clothes that I had no other reason to wear.

Here are some things to consider.

  • If you do decide to return to work outside the home, wearing newer clothes that are more stylish will give you a confidence boost.
  • Your old work clothes may not be appropriate for a new work position.
  • Most importantly, hanging on to those clothes is a limiting belief. You’re telling yourself that you don’t truly believe in your abilities or your decisions to work from home.
  • Let go of the old clothes, let go of the doubt, and go all in on your belief in yourself.
  • If you want to move forward in your business – and your life – you have to release things from the past. That includes the clothes that represent the old work you – you aren’t that person now. You’ve moved on.

Try this:

Keep a few things from your previous professional work wardrobe that are comfortable to wear and make you feel confident and productive. Then, wear those clothes even when you’re working from home and nobody can see you.

Don’t worry about wrecking them. You weren’t wearing them anyway, so what would it matter. You just may boost your productivity and your business. If the clothes don’t help and you don’t love them, then its truly better to let those clothes go completly.

5 I have a hard time finding clothes that fit.

For many of us, shopping is difficult because stores carry limited sizes, and anything outside that selection is hard to find and often expensive. We feel like we have to keep everything even if it’s not particularly comfortable or we don’t really like it much.

A couple things to try.

  • From your closet, pull out the things you like and fit us. The ones you wear all the time. See how many outfits you can make from those. It’s likely you really do have enough clothing you love and you can just let the other things go.
  • If you have a difficult time finding clothes in brick and mortar stores, check online. If you have a Amazon Prime membership, you can often purchase clothing with free prime shipping. Also check the description because many companies also offer free return shipping when you buy through Amazon. It’s a good way to try on clothing with out as much frustration.

So don’t be afraid to get rid of those things that aren’t you… That aren’t comfortable… that don’t make you feel good when your wearing them. A good base wardrobe means it’s simpler to plan outfits and keep track of your stuff.

6. Shopping is overwhelming.

Oh, I hear you! Even when most stores carry your size, simply finding them can feel an immense effort.

Walking into a store and seeing so many options that you forget what you needed to purchase, searching through racks and racks of clothes just to find a few things that you like.

Then, finally you try them on only to discover they look weird. Or suddenly you realize they wont work with anything you already have.

You end up keeping all of your old unworn and unloved clothes simply because you already have them and it makes you feel like you don’t have to search for anything new.

Once again, online shopping is your friend. It might take a while to find a store that caters to your personal style with clothes that fit and make you feel amazing, but once you do, sign up for their email list and periodically browse their site.

It’s so much less overwhelming than shopping in person and you’ll often end up with clothes that are more unique than what everyone else is wearing.

In the mean time, slowly weed out the clothes you’ve hung onto and either never worn or that don’t work with your favorites. Keeping them isn’t helping you or preventing the need to occasionally have to replace your favorite items.

7. What if I gain or lose weight?

I often hear people say something like “my weight fluctuates so regularly that I have to keep all the things”

I can understand that. I’ve been there.

But I would suggest just keeping only one or two outfits in one size higher and lower than where you are now.

What ever size you’re in right now is probably the one you wear most often, so just go with it and build your wardrobe around that base.

Then consider… What can you do to stay in one size clothing? Some of that is personal health choices, some if it can feel out of control.

For now, work with your body. Keep clothes that have a little bit of give, some stretch, ect. Use your current accessories to help you feel more stylish in your outfits even if they don’t fit perfectly.

If you are a large size right now and your hoping that your going to reduce 5 sizes into things your still keeping from years ago, you really need to let all of those very tiny clothes go.

Realistically, it will take a while to lose enough weight to change that many sizes. Plus, something you can look forward to… clothing in those smaller sizes will be easier to find when the time comes.

If your afraid your going to gain 10 or 20 pounds because that’s been your history… what can you do to prevent that?

Dress for the person you are today. You’ll be happier because you wont have to face negative reminders every time you open your closet.

You might be surprised that it’s easier to stay one size if you don’t have so many “just in case pieces” on hand.

8. Everyone saves their special clothing.

No, many people don’t. That statement in your head is simply more flawed thinking.

Keeping all those old clothes for the memories is doing you no good at all. How often do you pull them out to help you remember events from your past?

Probably never.

As an example, here is how I learned that lesson.

I saved my wedding dress, high school graduation dress, and several other “special pieces” for many years through several moves. I don’t recall ever pulling those things out to look at, only packing them up to move.

Then we had an incident with one of out pets. My special clothes were ruined and discarded. I definitely shed some tears.

But, most importantly, I made a discovery… I didn’t actually need these clothes to remember those events. It kind of blew my mind, but it was also incredibly liberating.

Try this.

Pull out some of the memory clothes you have been saving. Take a picture. cut a swatch of fabric, if you enjoy the texture, make a scrap book or quilt.

Keep the memories, let the clothing go.

9. What if I make a mistake when decluttering my clothes?

At the root of everything, this is our biggest fear. It encompasses everything I’ve already talked about in this post.

Some where deep inside, we’re sure that we’ll regret our decisions. Or tat we’ll accidently give away our all time favorite piece of clothing.

Try this:

Trust yourself and trust the decluttering process.

People who have been right where you are now have been successfully decluttering their clothing every single day with out regrets or mistakes. Believe that you can do this, because you really can.

You can read more about decluttering your wardrobe with these 3 posts as well.

https://uncommomspaces.com/3-clues-that-an-item-of-clothing-is-clutter/

https://uncommomspaces.com/how-to-quickly-declutter-your-closet-5-easy-steps/https://uncommomspaces.com/how-to-organize-your-closet-with-out-spending-anything/

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7 simple tricks that will make you love your home.

There is little worse than walking into your home and feeling stressed out and over whelmed. You want to love your home but, all you see is a chaotic mess.

Let me tell you I’ve been there. For 20 + years, we’ve lived in a pretty tiny home of less than 900 square feet. When the kids were little it was hard not to feel like there were toys and clutter everywhere, even though I did my best to keep it at a minimum. Any time family came to stay, there was always the comment about how tiny out house was, only adding to the discontentment.

We often thought about adding on, but it made no sense financially. At the same time, I knew that the environment in our home generally effects everything else. You see, if you don’t love your home it’s going to reflect itself in the rest of your life.

It was easy to see that when ever I allowed my house to get out of control I was much more likely to snap at my family and be easily irritated. Plus, I found it so hard to just sit down and relax. Its hard not to allow discontentment to show itself in your general attitude.

So if you’re like me, and want to love your home again, then its time to get intentional.

Start by being clear on what you want from your home. It doesn’t have to be perfect, but it should be a reflection of you and a place that inspires you.

In addition, it’s important for your home to be a refuge where everyone feels safe and cozy. I also want my family to feel relieved to be home when they walk in the door. Ultimately home is the place I want everyone to feel at peace.

To achieve these tings, there is no need to wait for your “dream home” There are things you can do right now to be intentional and love your home.

The best part, loving your home isn’t about making big changes: Its about learning to appreciate the little things.

By making a few simple changes I was able to change the entire atmosphere of my home and most importantly my attitude and mood.

So are you ready to rekindle your love affair with your home? There are 7 simple tricks that will make you love your home again.

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1 Have a clear and organized space.

It is so true that a cluttered space creates a cluttered mind. In turn, a cluttered mind leads to overwhelm and stress. If your feeling over whelmed and stressed there is no way your going to feel at peace and love your home.

Studies have shown that a clear organized room is actually good for your. Instead of feeling discontentment, it creates a feeling of satisfaction. When you keep things clear and organized, the feeling of your home becomes restorative and restful. On the other hand, a space filled with clutter and unfinished products actually creates depression and fatigue.

To truly love your home take the time to clear your space. Here are a few simple ways to keep your home clean and orgainized.

A: Make your bed every day.

There are so many benefits to making your bed everyday. But, with out a doubt, the greatest benefit is no matter what, at least one room will feel clean.

B: Limit your laundry.

I can’t tell you how many times I would have my kiddos come to me, “hey mom! I have no socks or undies” UHG, I would get theirs done, and mine would pile up.

Honestly, laundry was always one of the hardest areas for me before I started paring down my wardrobe. To be completely truthful, I love clothes and I’ll probably never have a minimalist wardrobe. But as I have worked on downsizing and building a capsule wardrobe my laundry load has definitely lightened.

I have a bunch of tips included in this post to help you keep up with your laundry. https://uncommomspaces.com/keeping-up-with-the-laundry-its-easier-then-you-think/

It is very rare that my laundry piles up. Because it takes me so much less time to fold and put my clothes away its become a no biggy to do laundry.

While my family generally still has the same amount of clothing, lessening mine has been incredible.

C: De Clutter

Plain and simple, clutter equals stress. Lets be real, nobody walks into a cluttered space and feels a sudden sense of relaxation and peace.

If you really want to love your home, you MUST clear the clutter. I realize that if you have alot of clutter this is not an easy task. But I have a ton of help for you on this. You can find links below to my many decluttering post.

https://uncommomspaces.com/10-tips-for-controlling-clutter-in-kids-bedrooms/

https://uncommomspaces.com/13-ways-to-organize-and-get-rid-of-paper-clutter-for-ever/

https://uncommomspaces.com/de-clutter-your-home-fast/

https://uncommomspaces.com/how-to-organize-a-desk/

D: Keep your space clear.

As I mentioned above, for the past 20 something years I have lived with my boyfriend and all of our kids and pets in a small 1300 square foot home. Trust me, at various points we have used every square inch of our little space.

But here’s the thing, creating clear areas of floor space made a dramatic difference of cleanliness and order in my home. This simple adjustment made the entire house feel less cluttered and less over whelming.

You really don’t have to have hours of free time to maintain a clear and organized space.

2 Use home decor colors that make you happy.

We’ve already talked about the impact our environment has on our mood. This include the colors in our home.

According to an article in country living “the five paint colors that will make you happy” the shade of paint on your walls can bring you down, help you relax, even suppress your appetite. Amongst a number of other feelings.

For me personally, warmer neutral tons are what helps relax me and love being home. I’m just naturally drawn to warm tones. When ever I’m pursuing pintrest or scanning a decor magazine, I’m always drawn to the photos of those gorgeous rooms with pops of color from natural plants to throw rugs.

So when your looking to love your home again, focus on how you feel around certain colors and how you can incorporate them into your home. Go to pinterest or pick up a decor magazine and pay attention to what colors catch your eye, then start adding them to your home.

You don’t need to redo everything or break the budget. You can pick up some throw pillows or cozy couch throw from Amazon pretty cheap.

The point is to incorporate those colors that make you feel happy and at peace. As you do, you will love your home again.

3 Bring a little nature indoors.

Haven’t you noticed how simple little tings like fresh cut flowers or new plants can brighten your day?

Not only has it been shown that these can benefit your physical health, but simply seeing a plant subconsiously makes you feel calm and relaxed.

Flowers and plants have an immediate impact on happiness! Adding a few plants or fresh flowers is such a simple and fun way to love your home.

4 Display framed inspirational words and quotes.

We know our environment impacts our moods because we’re taking in what we see. So it only makes sense to fill our home with things that evoke a positive emotion.

Words are so powerful, in fact, they are the most powerful thing in the universe. With words, the entire universe was created.

The words we speak not just to others but to ourselves are hugely impactful. Because words matter, displaying your favorite inspirational quote creates an atmosphere that inspires you to be your best.

5 Let the light shine in.

During the day time hours make sure you regularly open curtains and windows and doors. Natural light is a natural mood lifer and so is fresh air.

Make your home a place you love. Let the light shine in.

6 Remove things that don’t make you happy.

If theres one thing in your life you should NOT make room for is its negativity. So why would you want to keep things in your home or life, that doesn’t make you happy.

To love your home, keep only those things that you love or are truly useful. Remove everything else.

I’m not talking about general de cluttering here or Marie Kono sparking joy. I’m talking about things like that incredibly ugly but expensive vase great Aunt Jenny gave you. You know that every time you see it, you want to get rid of it, but you feel too guilty. Honestly, it’s time you give it up. Your home should be a place of comfort and joy, not guilt!

https://uncommomspaces.com/how-i-conquer-clutter-when-its-emotionally-difficult/ This is a great post if you struggle with emotional clutter.

7 Create a beautiful ambience.

We’ve already talked alot about the impact our physical environment has on our mental state and our emotions. In light of this, it’s evident that creating a beautiful ambience can help you love your home.

You can do this so easily by adding some soft lighting. I love my salt lamp and diffuser for creating a soft glow. Add a few candles and you’ll instantly create a beautiful ambience in your home. Candles have the added benefit of infusing a fresh clean scent.

The right lighting naturally adds a feeling of comfort and a cozy warmth.

You deserve to love your home! Take some time to de clutter, clean and organize. Add a few decor items with color that makes you happy. Mix in a few plants or fresh flowers and hang those inspiring words. Once you’re done, pour yourself some tea and set back and enjoy the home you love!

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How to quickly declutter your closet: 5 easy steps.

If you’ve struggled in the past to de clutter your closet, you’ll want to try these easy doable steps.

It doesn’t have to be hard. It doesn’t have to be overwhelming. And it wont take you all day.

I’ll walk you through 5 easy steps that will help you de clutter your wardrobe in as little as 15-20 minutes. Really!

Getting your home de cluttered is about consistent progress. It isn’t about perfection. Progress is not perfection.

The same thing applies to your wardrobe.

So don’t worry about completely overhauling your closet and creating the perfect capsule wardrobe right this minute. (unless you have the time, energy, and motivation to do just that).

5 steps. 15 minutes. You can do this!

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How to de clutter your closet.

Before you get started, grab 3 large bags: One for donations and two for items you will remove from your closet for now. I like to use white trash bags that I can label with a permanent marker.

Don’t get hung up on difficult to get rid of pieces. If there are clothes that you never wear, but that you are not ready to get rid of, put them in a “maybe” bag for now. You can reconsider them down the road and de clutter your closet today.

work quickly.

1 Quickly remove everything you ready to donate.

3-5 minutes

This can include: clothes that don’t fit, that you don’t like, and/or that you never wear anymore. Put these items in your donation bag.

Work quickly! This is your first pass through. Only pull out the things you definitely want to de clutter. We’ll get to the harder stuff in a few minutes.

2 Pull out clothes that don’t fit right now, even if you are not ready to part with them.

3-5 minutes

Try to keep only a small number of clothes that don’t fit, favorites only, especially if these clothes haven’t fit for a while.

Don’t get hung up here. If you are struggling to let something go, just keep it for now.

I know this isn’t advice you normally hear, but I want you to make progress quickly today.

Progress, not perfection, remember? When you look through this bag of clothes that don’t fit i n 3 or 6 months from now, you may be ready to get rid of more at this point.

Put these clothes that don’t fit, but you want to keep for now, in the second bag, label the bag.

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How to organize your closet with out spending anything!

Shortly before Christmas, I sat looking into my closet. My goal was to get it organized in one day. It wasn’t a big project (my closet isn’t that big) I hadn’t bought anything for this project, as I was just going to tackle it as quickly as I could. I could think about purchasing products afterwards if I so decided.

In the middle of organizing, I realized I was out of good hangers to use. Instead of stopping, and running out to get more hangers, I just kept on going through the clothes. I found more hangers from clothes I was no longer keeping.

I have written other posts about organizing on a low income or while being on a budget. I thought this is the perfect time to talk about how you can organize with out having to buy a thing! You do not always have to purchase supplies, you can just use what you have on hand.

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Clear out the closet.

Clearing out the entire closet is always the very first step I do. I do this because once you can actually see the pile of clothes you own, you are more likely to truely evaluate what you have. And I found, I have a much easier time to part with things because I see how much I actually have.

Take everything off of the shelves and make sure there is nothing left hanging in the closet. If you have room, I would even recommend taking all the other clutter out of the closet! That includes shoes, purses, belts, accessories.

Starting your organizing with a clean space can help you visualize how you want the space to look, how the space can work for you, and how you can best use the space. Because you are no longer limited to a system you currently were using.

Down the road, in the future, you may want to consider heading over to EasyClosets for easy affordable ways to help maximize your closet space.

Declutter all your clothes.

Now comes the fun part…decluttering your wardrobe! I know, you think I’m crazy for thinking this is fun. But it really can be! Let me explain…

Start by sorting your clothing into categories, such as shirts, pants, dress, jackets, ect.

Once all the clothing is categorized, then you will be holding up each individual piece of clothing. Ask yourself, do I love how I feel when I wear this? If the answer is yes, out it in the keep pile. If the answer is no, put it in the donate pile. If the answer is well… or ummm…. or I guess…. then put it in the maybe pile.

After all the clothes have been put into piles, its time to go back to the maybe pile. Start by turning on some music and trying on each piece of clothing you have in the pile.

Be totally honest with yourself when you look in the mirror. Only keep clothes that you love to wear, because why would you want to keep something that doesn’t make you feel good.

Put away clothing by type.

Get piles of unwanted clothes out of your space. Put them in your garage or your car to donate and/or sell. Only keep the clothes that make you feel great in your space before you try to put those things away. It will give you a clear visual for what actually should go there.

If your closet is on the right side of the room when you are standing in the doorway, you should hang your clothes from left to right. If your closet is on the left hand side, hang your clothes right to left. I know it sounds funny, but think of it like this: you are hanging all your clothes so they face the door. The are some exceptions to that based on the type of closet you have. And set up of your closet, but for most closets, this system seems to be the most effective.

When hanging up your clothes, start by putting away all your pants. Try to use the bottom hanging space for your pants. I recommend going from dark to light. Then move to your dress pants.

Hang your tops by color, but sort by type of top with in each color. So an example would be to grab all your white tops. Then, hang your tank tops first. Then t-shirts, followed by quarter sleeves. Long sleeves are next, followed by jackets and sweaters. Continue this until you have gone through all colors of your clothing.

Dresses should be hung in the space where you have ample space for longer hanging clothes! And keep belts and scarves on hangers, preferably near where the dresses are hanging because there will be room for the length.

Use what you have.

While I love using beautiful organizing containers and bins from Dollar Tree. Sometimes, budgets, or space don’t allow for them. If that’s the case, I’m pretty sure you might have something around your house you could use.

Shoe boxes

I really love using shoe boxes to organize almost anything. All my kids drawers have their shoe boxes holding all their clothes. I will cut the shoe box lid to use as drawer dividers. If I need to make it sturdier, I will cover it with duct tape. And I love all the colored and decorative duct tape that you can find at Dollar Tree. So you can even spice up your space with some colorful tape.

Hangers

While I love using velvet hangers, sometimes the investment isn’t feasible for your entire wardrobe. That’s perfectly fine. Just use what you have. The biggest thing about organizing your closet is to make sure that you can see all your clothes, and that you feel good about every item you own. That’s how you will be able to keep and maintain an organized closet.

Organize your closet with you spending anything!

I have some super random tips. Some you might laugh at. But once you follow them, you will no longer laugh. So give some of these tips a try. And I promise, if you laugh at them, I wont be offended. I mean, I talked about how to set up your closet based on where it was in your room. If you weren’t laughing at that, well, that is pretty silly to think about at first.

  • The curve of the hanger should be facing you.
  • All your clothing should be going the same direction.
  • Make sure your clothes are not inside out before you hang them up.
  • Hang your pants with the butt facing towards the wall.
  • Set up your closet so that all your clothes are facing the doorway, unless you have a walk in closet with a U shape. Then all clothing should be in the same direction all the way around.
  • Make sure you can reach everything you hang up in your closet.
  • Try to keep seasonal clothing in your closet all year long. It gives you a better visual for what you have.
  • Store a bag for dry cleaning in your closet or near your laundry basket. This makes it easier for you to collect your dry cleaning with out it piling up on the floor.

Color coding

*Start with lighter colors then move to darker colors

*When color coding your closet follow this color system

  • white
  • pink
  • red
  • orange
  • yellow
  • green
  • blue
  • purple
  • brown
  • gray
  • black

Now it’s your turn to get your closet organized with out spending anything. Take everything out of your closet and declutter all of your clothes. Put things back in your closet by category and color code your closet.. Use what you have to help organize your space, and don’t forget to follow my random tips for keeping your closet organized.

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How I conquer clutter when it’s emotionally difficult.

I understand the emotional attachment to stuff.

I love the idea of minimalist living. I strive towards it, in fact. (At a snails pace, yes, but still – I’m striving).

Those who are naturally minimally inclined don’t quite understand the emotional turmoil that some of us feel when we try to take on the task of de cluttering so this post is for all you emotionally attached clutter bugs out there. The ones who want to live in a clutter free space, but struggle because you feel controlled by your stuff.

I get it. I’m high anxiety, seriously over sensitive, and easily over whelmed. Or at least I can be. I work every day to bring my sane self to the surface (that’s what I like to call that little voice of reason that allows me to function – when I choose to listen to her – and I do that more and more these days).

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I’ve learned 4 little tricks to make de – cluttering easier.

De – cluttering is something I have worked on alot in the past couple of years. And man do I love how it feels to live in a home with less stuff. It hasn’t been easy.

If any one can benefit from these tricks I’ve learned to make it easier – well that’d be the icing on the cake. So let me walk you through a typical (for me) decluttering session.

First I tell myself that I will do it no matter how hard it is, because I can do hard things.

Dollar Tree has so many affordable, and pretty things to help with organization. Its one of my go to places if I find I need anything.

#1 Get permission

The first drawer goes ok.

I get the unused ,broken, don’t even know what this is into a box and I feel pretty proud of myself. Then I pick up something that I know needs to go… but it can’t because… (insert ridiculous reason here).

In the past I would have become discouraged, given up and probably drank some wine. But, now I do this…

Getting rid of the thing trick #1 I call someone who I know values a tidy house and understands the burden that excess stuff can be, and I explain that I need permission to get rid of the thing.

I’m no psychologist and I can’t tell you why this works, but having someone else’s permission and support to get rid of the thing helps immensely.

https://uncommomspaces.com/5-bad-habits-that-keep-your-home-a-cluttered-mess/ Here a a few more ideas to help keep your home tidy.

#2 Turn the tables

So, then I continue, encouraged.

Until I pick up something that some one gave me. (this totally derails my decluttering train).

I want to get rid of it (oh the guilt)

But I can deal with it because I’ve learned:

Getting rid of the thing trick #2 I imagine that I was the one who had given this thing to someone else and I know that if the thing I gave them was causing the this much stress, I would feel terrible! I would want them to get rid of the thing.

I never gave it to them to burden them. So chances are good that who ever gave me this thing wouldn’t want me burdened with it either. They would want me to get rid of it. Plus it helps to remember that I am emotionally attached to stuff, and other people are not. There is also a good chance that the gifter doesn’t even remember giving me this thing, and just sees it as a thing.

#3 Ask for help

Then, I get to the thing I can not get rid of.

There’s no way. I sort of want to, but my resolve is going and I need this thing for absolutely no reason. I can’t.

Getting rid of the thing trick #3 I get someone else to get rid of it for me. I have to say, I don’t do this very often, and I do it less as I get better at allowing my sane self to be heard.

#4 Get rid of the thing now.

I’m done for the day, so I set the box of stuff on the spare bed. I’ll donate it next time I go to town. I feel ok right now about the things I’m getting rid of and even if some of it was difficult to imagine parting with, at least I get it in the box so I can start coming to terms with the fact that its gone.

Oops…

I’ve noticed that 89% of the time I never even thing of the thing again after its out of the house.

I’ve also noticed, that if the box stays on the spare bed, the stuff will get out of the box.

https://uncommomspaces.com/8-things-you-can-do-right-now-to-reduce-dust-in-your-home/ After you finish your decluttering, you can do these 8 things!

Hofdeco Has beautiful pillows and other decor to help your home look pretty after you have finished your decluttering projects.

Getting rid of the thing trick #4 Get rid of the thing! Now, while you feel determined, while you have permission, while you understand why it needs to go.

Drive that box right to the thrift store, to the donation bin, to the dump if its stuff no one else will use. Do not let all your hard work go to waste.

You can do this! You can conquer the clutter your stuff does not have to control you.

Also, consider addressing the disorganization in your home – for good. Some times just deluttering isn’t enough.

Addressing the disorganization in my home took me a long way towards keeping the clutter at bay.

But I din’t know where to start, with getting organized and I actually needed someone to teach me how to do it.

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De clutter your home fast!

Taking a good hard look at the clutter in your home can be overwhelming, and is usually the first hurdle you have to jump across before you can actually work out how to declutter and organize your home.

But, what if you knew there was an easy way to get clear of clutter and organize your home?

I have a simple decluttering hack that makes decluttering easy and fast. And all in 5 simple steps.

Why de clutter?

De cluttering is the very fist step you should take when you start to organize your home. After all, there is not much point in organizing a mess, right?

There are also other reasons why you should de clutter.

Less clutter means less stress. You may be constantly worried about the mess in your home with out even realizing it. Not to mention the stress when you are trying to find an item!

A cluttered home makes you tired. Having constant clutter around you makes it hard to focus and organize your thoughts. You may also be using up more energy then you think on worrying about your homes clutter.

You will have more space. Not only physically, but mentally too! When you stop have to worry about tripping over a mess or moving things around to create space you will be surprised by how much lighter you feel mentally as well as having more room to breathe in your home.

Cleaning is easier. How to make cleaning your home easier? Have less to tidy up! You have more space to clean which makes the chore much easier.

Your home is healthier. If you have lots of clutter, chances are you clean less. Or if you have cluttering habits like not washing up straight away, your home is breeding germs! And don’t forget the actual physical danger of a lot of clutter like tripping on clothes thrown on the floor.

You can save money… And even make it by de cluttering. When you get into the habit of having less in your home you will stop buying unnecessary items. You will also be more organized which means you stop buying replacements for items you can’t find… and in the process of decluttering you can sell all those unwanted items for cash.

You can learn self awareness. Learning to decide what is important to you is a fantastic life skill. You might start by learning with items and nic nacs, but this skill will flow into all other areas of your life too.

You might stop being late. All those minutes trying to find keys, shoes, and your phone all really add up. Watch your time management skills improve as you declutter.

You might make different decisions. How does clutter affect your decision? Well, take for example moving house. Maybe the thought of having to move everything is enough to keep you from making the change. It could be stopping you from having your home in the style you love, if it doesn’t go well with all those items you have been hoarding for 10 years!

How to organize your home.

How to get rid of clutter-Easy steps to de clutter.

So, now you know why getting rid of clutter is important. But, what are the 5 magic steps to decluttering?

A Pact

As you know a pact is a formal agreement… so make one with yourself and the clutter in your home. Use it as a tool to help you remember the easy steps to decluttering. The best part is that you can use this tool for large spaces like whole rooms and also for the tiniest areas like an office drawer.

But, what does a pact mean?

The first step to decluttering.

A Ask

Before moving or sorting anything ask yourself some questions.

How do you want to use this room?

What is the reason you want it organized?

How do you declutter your room?

You wont really declutter unless you dig deep with these questions. It’s no good answering that you want the house tidy. Being really specific will give you a solid goal and help you stay motivated.

For example, say you want to organize the piles of paperwork in your home office. Ask yourself why do I want to organize this space?

Maybe it’s because last time you needed an important document it took you half an hour of sifting through the pile, or maybe you missed paying your insurance because the bill disappeared into the pile.

Once you’ve answered the question, then move on to step 2.

Decluttering action steps.

P Pile

This decluttering step is just like it sounds. Start to pile “like” items together.

Be as specific as you can.

In the pantry, pile spices together. In your closet, pile all your shirts together. And do another pile for your socks.

With your paperwork, pile all 401k paperwork together. Pile phone bills in another ect, ect.

Declutter with purpose.

A Analyze

Now it’s time to sort through your piles. Take each pile and break it down into two piles. One “treasure ” and one “Trash”.

By only having two piles you will start to learn to make those quick and sometimes tough decisions. Don’t detour from these two piles or you will end up with a third “not sure” pile that will just end up as clutter.

This step will get easier the more you declutter. And don’t feel that just because it is in the trash pile it means it’s going to the garbage. Rather it means it will no longer be in your home.

Next…

Making money from decluttering.

C Cash

Now you are going to go through your trash pile and break this down into more manageable piles. Donate, sell, or garbage.

Once you have these piles, make sure you take action steps straight away.

Put your donate pile in the car so you can drop it off nest time you drive somewhere. Take photos of the items you are going to sell and put them up on face book or other great selling website.

The final step is where you get organized.

Last step to decluttering.

T Tidy up

Take your treasure pile and start organizing. You will find that organizing your home is so much easier now you have got down to just those items you really want or need.

Place items where they belong, put new organization systems in place and keep those like items together.

Some other home organization ideas are to make all your storage systems super simple and easy. And to organize items depending on how often you use them. Be sure to have items you use more frequently with in reach.

So now you know the simple steps to have A Pact with your clutter.

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