Organizing for the new year?
I know, it seems like it’s a cliche, doesn’t it? All the stores use January to put organizing items on sale but pump the breaks a second.
Don’t buy immediately, sort and donate first.
Also cliché you say? Well, I’m here to tell you that most Americans have TOO MUCH stuff. Whether its saving too many plastic grocery sacks, coat hangers, extra t-shirts, or nail polish, everyone has a collection of something that can be edited. Can you give extra stuff to a friend? How about donate to Goodwill? Are there some things that should really be thrown away.
Do that now.
You will breathe easier and have more space. You don’t need bins to store more stuff you won’t look at in another year. In case you don’t understand what I mean, I would refer you to George Carlin’s riff on STUFF which is just genius and 100% relevant today.
If you need places to put your “stuff” consider recycling things you already have, like covering cardboard boxes in cool papers or fabrics like THIS.
This was life changing when I found out a better way to store my plastic grocery bags. These are great for bathroom trash bags, poop scooping, packing lunches and when you have too many, most stores have recycle spots where you can turn them in. THIS is what I do with them and store them in a coffee can!
One of the most liberating decisions I have made is deciding to work on a capsule wardrobe. Right now I am in the sorting/donating/inventory phase. You can find great printables and instructions on my Pinterest board HERE. Also check out the app STYLEBOOK. While I haven’t started loading in pictures, this is pretty amazing and will simplify my life in the long run.
Follow along with me as I work through Apartment Therapy’s January Cure. This gives great, manageable steps to get your shit together without feeling overwhelmed by it.
First task today: MAH OFFICE
You can follow along with me on my Instagram page HERE to see my progress and solutions that cost little or no money. It’s not about buying expensive solutions that just contain more stuff. It’s about cleaning up what you have and appreciating the purpose of every single thing or getting rid of it.
It’s okay. You can let go of some things. Let’s do this.
Done with the office cabinet, now it’s on to my fancy (not really fancy) “library” this weekend. Hopefully it goes as well!
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Haha! I don’t know how inspiring I can be but I will try. My biggest take away from downsizing from time to time is to really evaluate each piece. As much as you don’t want to keep “extra” unnecessarily you also shouldn’t be hasty in purging things that are high quality. I had a dilemma once, many years back over a sofa that was the best thing I had ever own. It wouldn’t fit in the place I was moving to and I opted not to take it. I regretted it ever since because instead of figuring out a way to make it work in the space, I gave up something it took me a decade to replace in terms of quality. The other thing to remember is why keep something if you don’t really love it? By those two ideas, I try to make better decisions now.
Good luck with sorting. I hope you post pictures!