Gear up for a spring cleaning! 30 Days of Decluttering

Sneak preview! A 30 day decluttering plan– let’s do this!

Your house is cluttered. How do I know? Because most houses are. Even mine sometimes! Besides, you’re here aren’t you?

This is pretty straightforward. I have a printable chart for you if you’d like it, and every day in April, I’ll be addressing one space here on the blog. However, you don’t have to do them in any particular order. I encourage you to look at the tasks and circle the spaces that are driving you the most crazy first.

Feel free to print!

BUT! I do not recommend doing extra large or tedious jobs at the beginning. For instance, save the filing cabinet until later. It’s best to pick things like your pantry, car or your mail stack to begin with. Why? Because they are good short term goals that will make you feel better immediately and encourage you to keep going! In fact, I’ve organized these in order of typical impact– that is, the areas that will improve our every day lives quickly are towards the beginning. Cross them off as you go; it’ll feel GREAT! If you have before and afters, I’d love to see them! Please post to facebook.com/simplysarahorganizing/

One note: as you go thru these, you’ll find random photos, batteries, non-working electronics, and things that should be filed EVERYWHERE! Save these somewhere until you get around to those areas so you don’t get sidetracked. Also: if you’d like, spread this out and do one a week! Just go forward. Even small steps are progress.


Senior Downsizing Guide

Senior downsizing has been a buzzword around me lately. The 55+ population is growing but they need to shrink their lifestyles to accommodate their new way of living. Whether they just want a more carefree way of living and plan to travel, want less to take care of, or are moving into a different space that won’t hold everything– decisions have to be made. While we’re often sentimental about our belonging, this process requires some serious thought and it may be worth automating a bit.

I’ve always found guides helpful and so I’ve included one below. A caveat: this has more to do with “stuff” than clothing, so if you’re needing a wardrobe editing guide, you may want to see this list from Dr. Oz. https://s.doctoroz.com/Clean-Out-One-Sheet.jpg
For everything else, see below!

A few other tips:
1. Don’t wait until this has to be done in a crunch. It takes time to go through and let go of things. Trying to get this done over a couple of days may cause relocation stress.
2. If there are a few things you know will be meaningless to anyone else, but they are dear to you and you’d like to keep them, author Margareta Magnusson suggests putting them in a box marked in a way that loved ones know they can feel comfortable disposing of it later. Examples would be letters from a dear friend or past love.
3. Hire an organizer or have a friend help! It’s nice to have company and friendship with this process, and it helps to have an unbiased third party.

If you’d like to have a full downloadable word document, click here:

Day Nine: The Closet

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Piggybacking onto yesterday’s challenge, head back into the bedroom to go thru your closet. The step to get rid of clothing are pretty straightforward, but this can still be a difficult task. Resist the urge to keep things “just in case”. Once again, refer to the chart found here to evaluate your clothing, and place “she loves me not” items in a bag to go.

If you’re up for some extra fun, place items back into the closet “rainbow style”. Red, orange, yellow, green, blue, indigo, and violet. Neutrals go before or after (black, beige, white). If you have a multicolored item, cha

 

nces are that if you hold it up, a color will stick out to you. Place this item in that section as that’s where you’re likely to search for it. If you’d like, you could make a couple of rainbows: one for winter clothes and one for summer. Whatever works for you.

When I first heard one of my favorite organizers say she did this in her closet, I thought it was pretty over the top. However, I decided to try it out, thinking that it would never stay that way. I was pleasantly surprised. In fact, everything stays in better order, and it takes so little time to get dressed in the morning!

Day Nine: Done! (repeat days eight and nine in your kids’ bedrooms if needed!)

 

Day Eight: The Dresser

I’m sure you won’t mind if we take a little peek into your bedroom, right? After all, this is a space where you really want to feel at peace. Also, we need this room to be functional so you can put together your wardrobe with ease and leave the house looking like a million bucks!

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Let’s start with the dresser. As you pull everything out, why don’t you use this handy chart I found to evaluate each piece of clothing? When you’re finished, put items to pass on or donate in a bag, and place your keepers back into the drawers neatly. If they’re not already, make sure your clothes make it in with like items. For instance, a drawer for pj’s, one for socks, and so on.If you’ve done your job well, those drawers should be closing much more easily now.

Day Eight: DONE!