Thursday, 03 November 2016 22:49

Excuses for not Decluttering

Can’t let go of your things? Excuses I hear every day!

This week the All Sorted team has been working with a client struggling to let go of stuff. She has a newly renovated home and really wants to have a clean, fresh and uncluttered look. And she is using all the excuses in the clutter book!

As a professional organizer, I hear the same excuses all the time. So today we are going to tackle five excuses head on:

1. I might need it one day

Maybe you will! But, it’s very likely that you won’t if you haven’t needed it up til now. My question is: What’s the absolute worst thing that could happen if you did let it go? Could you get another one, borrow one or actually do without?

Thursday, 27 October 2016 06:11

Holiday Planning

Christmas is just 60 days away! Before you know it, the holidays will be upon us! Friends, family, festivities, outings and traditions; so much to look forward, but also lots to plan and organise. It’s so important to take time to prepare so that you can enjoy stress-free holidays with your loved ones! 

This is a 15 step checklist I work off every year starting now, and thought you might find it good to use.

  • Make a To Do list to take you through to the end of the year
  • Break it down into smaller lists - Food, gifts, cards, activities etc
  • Delegate tasks, and cheat where possible - buy your Christmas pud, don't make it!
  • Set a budget. Know what you have to spend, allocate and stick to it.
  • Do half as much as you want to do.
  • How much is enough? Keep it simple
  • Spend twice the time and half the money
  • Resist the pressure of too many invitations, too many expectations
  • Try and maintain a little routine - meal times, bed times, treats etc
  • Schedule appointments and dates further apart to allow for holiday traffic
  • Set boundaries and say no sometimes
  • Think ahead
  • Take shortcuts, don't do too much
  • Remember one stunning dessert is better than a few average ones!
  • Take some ME time - small breaks just for you

Ready, steady, enjoy!

  • “I don’t know where to start organising!”
  • “I don’t have the time to declutter!”
  • “I take one look at the mess and give up!”

Comments I hear over and over again, when talking to people about decluttering and organising. And thinking about clearing out the chaotic garage, the guest room filled with junk or a playroom overflowing with toys can be overwhelming. ..

So don’t try and tackle it all at once!  Start small, start with five minutes, take one box, one drawer, one counter and sort that. Then take another five minutes tomorrow. And five minutes the next day. Before you know it, you’ll see the difference. You’ll love the clear counter, the organised drawer, the uncluttered bookshelf!

Here are six quick decluttering projects to get you going:

  1. Clear one space. This is your no-clutter zone. It can be a counter, your kitchen table, or the area inside your front door. Wherever you start, make a rule: nothing can be placed there that doesnt belong there. Once you have that clutter-free zone, keep it that way!
  2. Clear off a counter. Clear everything off the counter, and only put back one or two essential items. Touch everything else and decide if it needs to stay and if it does find a home for it. Everything else goes out to recycling, charities, or returned to rightful owners!
  3. Pick a shelf. Now that you’ve done a counter, try a shelf. It doesn’t matter what shelf. Could be a shelf in a closet, or on a bookshelf. Don’t tackle the whole bookshelf or cupboard — just one shelf. Tomorrow you can start on another shelf!
  4. Pick up 5 things, and find places for them. Easy peasy! Start with things you can see, and think about where it belongs, and where you would look for it. NOW put it away.
  5. Pull out some clothes you don’t wear. As you’re getting ready for work, and going through your closet for something to wear, spend a few minutes pulling out ones you haven’t worn in a long time. Let them go.
  6. Clear out your medicine cabinet. Go through all your medical supplies and medicines. Get rid of all out dated medicines, stuff you’ll never use again, dirty-looking bandages, the creams and ointments that you had forgotten. Now find one spot for all things medical..
    Learn to love the uncluttered look. Once you have decluttered a space, enjoy it! Get used to the light, airy feel of an uncluttered space. Learn to hate clutter! 

LOVE the space!

Thursday, 13 October 2016 07:25

When Collections Become Clutter

The All Sorted team recently packed up for a client who had lived in her home for 35 years. Lots of treasures, but also lots and lots of stuff. And every single surface (and I mean EVERY surface!) had at least one frog. Ceramic frogs, glass frogs, pottery frogs, wooden frogs, paper mache frogs, all kinds of frogs…they were everywhere!

I chatted to her about her collection and how it came about. It turns out she had never meant to collect frogs at all. Her first frog was a glass ornament that she liked. A while later she bought another frog, a friend bought her a frog, and then it snowballed from there. Friends and family bought her frogs for special occasions and so the collection grew. Over the years she acquired nearly 300 frogs!

Thursday, 06 October 2016 05:58

10 Tips To Get Your Garage Organised

Is your garage the family dumping ground? Do you struggle to find things? Here are some simple tips to get your garage decluttered, sorted and organised…

Before starting your garage sort, take time to think about what you want to achieve. How do you want your garage to look and function?

You need a plan!

  1. Break the project down into small manageable pieces. By breaking the job down, your goal becomes more realistic.
  2. Take a quick look around and start with the obvious things that can go - broken items, trash, empty boxes etc. Start on one side of the room and work round. 
  3. Group things into major categories and types: tools, sporting goods, camping, toys, gardening etc. Now take another look and see if you can let go of more items. Keep only what you use.
  4. Now that you have everything sorted, decide where everything is to be stored.
  5. Assign specific areas for different categories.
  6. Remember to keep things you use most often near the entrance. Tools should be near the work bench, and so on.
  7. Lift things off the floor, use hooks and shelves, clearly marked boxes and containers.
  8. Remember to store heavy items lower down, and keep dangerous tools and containers out of the reach of children.
  9. Store ladders horizontally, or on hooks, so they can’t tip over on children or vehicles.
  10. Install task lighting so you can see clearly.

Enjoy your organised garage!

Thursday, 29 September 2016 09:11

Moving Home is a Big Deal for Little People

Last week I talked about assisting the elderly with that BIG move. While we are on the subject of moving house, I thought it would be good to talk about how to make children feel as comfortable as possible during a move

Prepare your children for a move

Tell them about the move in good time, giving them the opportunity to adjust to the idea. If possible take them to see the new home, or show them photos. Allow them to choose their rooms if possible, and point out advantages such as a lovely climbing tree, or a park across the road

Wednesday, 21 September 2016 05:58

Downsizing Tips

In the last couple of weeks we have worked with several elderly couples moving from their large family homes to much smaller retirement apartments. Moving is an emotional and physically draining experience, and much more so for the elderly. I thought it could be helpful compiling a checklist for downsizing


Thursday, 15 September 2016 07:56

Clutter Caused by Guilt & Nostalgia

Let go of clutter caused by guilt and nostalgia

Last week we helped a client clear out a room full of stuff, so that she could have a space for her painting and photography. She mentioned she had not been in the room for ages, and did not have a clue what was in the room.

We cleared the room, sorted everything into categories and then called our client to come and make decisions.

This is where it gets interesting! Most of what was there either belonged to other members of the family (grown up children, and parents who had died) or stuff from the children’s school years long past. Tons of stuff.

Tuesday, 13 September 2016 05:09

Usefull Links: Mindful Decluttering Infographic

“Mindful decluttering is about more than just throwing things away. It’s about taking the time to remove unnecessary stuff from your life while being observant and aware of the process” Amelie Bentley

I love this bright, colourful and visual article about decluttering and thought you would too…

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