To me a New Year means time to do some organization in my home. I have collected odds and ends over the year, as well as everything that was accumulated from the holiday season. I personally just feel better without this clutter in my life. It’s also easier to function when you know where everything is. The big issue I think for all of us is where to start. It can be so intimidating and seems like such an overwhelming process.
I asked my friend Kimberley Underwood of KALM Solutions for some advice to share with all of you. Kim helps people organize, declutter and downsize. We have used her services in the past to help on estate sales, and individuals prepare their properties for sale. This can be a hard process for individuals dealing with a loss of a loved one or having to help them move into a home. Kim is fantastic ensuring this is as stress free and as efficient as possible. I highly recommend her for any and all of your organizing needs.
ORGANIZING YOUR WAY IN 2020
Start Somewhere, Anywhere, but just start!
We all organize differently. There is no right way or wrong way, find out what works for you and go for it. Break down the areas into smaller spaces to work on. If it is a cluttered bedroom, look at the areas of that bedroom and break them down into smaller more manageable sections. One possibility is start with one of the following: clothes, shoes, accessories, books and mementos. Then step back and be happy with what you have done. Try to tackle another portion of that same room again tomorrow.
An organizers tip would be to make separate boxes labelled KEEP SELL DONATE. You will most likely have a trash bag and even a maybe pile. But for now if you can move any item that doesn’t belong into one of these categories you will be moving from a cluttered space to an organized and KALM one.
Key points to remember:
a) Put like with like – it’s easier to organize when it is all together and you know how many of a certain type item you have a great example is
b) Proper Homes for items – move items that do not belong, to their place within your home, a wood sander likely isn’t supposed to be in your bedroom on your dresser
c) Containers can be your best friend – no matter what type you like, baskets or bins, metal or wicker, it is easier to keep items together on a shelf or in a drawer when they are contained.
20 things to get rid of right now
(Be sure to check the disposal or recycle guidelines in your area, Also look at what you can donate not only to second hand shops but the animal shelters love old blankets)
1. broken jewelry 11. take out menus
2. old backpacks 12. broken toys
3. non working pens 13. broken electronics
4. expired makeup 14. burned down candles
5. broken electronics 15. books you won’t read
6. old coupons 16. old blankets
7. old paint cans 17. expired sun block
8. old magazines 18 expired food
9. socks with holes 19. phone books
10. clothes that don’t fit 20. games with missing pieces
Kimberley Underwood 647.880.8278 @kalmsolutions (Facebook and Instagram)