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January 2015



9 Decluttering and Organizing Rules

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530750024_c0f31fa479_zOne of my 2015 goals, that I haven’t previously shared with you guys, is to get my HUGE stack of magazines read. As I was re-organizing my home office (and decluttering), my mom suggested that I put my magazines in month order before putting them into their temporary storage home (a paper box).

I thought this was a brilliant idea! Since I’ve cancelled/not renewed any magazine subscriptions this year, I should be able to make some serious progress at getting them read and gone. I realize it would be quicker to just take the whole lot to the recycling center, but I do actually enjoy flipping through a magazine now and then. The only reason I got so back-logged was because I had 3 different subscriptions that came monthly, plus my mom and grandma also subscribed to 3-4 different ones that we’d trade back and forth. Luckily, all 3 of us decided to let our subscriptions run out for the time being.

Anyhow, as I was flipping through a magazine the other day I came across a page with “The 9 Rules of Balanced Organizing” and I fell in love with the short and simple advice they offered. I knew it was something I had to share here since part of my journey is focused on decluttering and organizing my life.

Here are the 9 tips they shared and how I use them (or not!):

  • One in One Out: Whenever something enters your home, give another item the boot. – I’ve used the rule (at least part of the time) for the past year. I’d like to continue using it and do better about using it more often.
  • Thou Shalt Not Transfer Clutter: Don’t bury the den to save the dining room – I’m guilty of occasionally grabbing all the crap papers covering my dining table, piling them up and stashing them in the office or my bedroom to be dealt with “later”. The problem is that “later” doesn’t always come in a timely fashion.
  • Doubles are Trouble : You don’t need 2 can openers or 5 pairs of tweezers. Toss duplicates. – I’ve tried to eliminate duplicates and I go through things in my home. For the most part I don’t have this problem.
  • Keep it Where You Use it: Stash the toner with the printer, chandelier bulbs in the dining room console. – I don’t always do this, but I do try to store things logically whenever possible.
  • Make Labels, Not War: Mark shelves, bins, and boxes so everyone in your home can help put things away. – Again, I don’t always do this, but as I get things situated in their permanent homes I sometimes label their locations. I also live alone, so this isn’t always applicable to me.
  • Have a Place for Nothing: Aim to create one empty cabinet, shelf, or drawer in each room. It’s your backup spot when the balance tips. (and it will tip) – I recently decluttered and reorganized my medicine/linen cabinet in my bathroom and I did indeed create an empty shelf. 🙂 Unfortunately, I didn’t take pics of the process. 🙁
  • A to Z (Not ADD).: Fix one spot start to finish rather than jumping around from mess to mess. – I typically just stay in one room, working on one project at a time.
  • Just (To) Do It: Consolidate all your to-do items into a single checklist, whether on your phone or on your fridge. – I am totally guilty of having multiple to-do, to-get, to-buy, etc lists all over the place.
  • Pick Yourself Up, Dust Yourself Off and Start All Over Again: Organizing (and decluttering) is a circle, not a straight line. Roll with it! – Once in a while I do get frustrated when things I’ve already decluttered and organized become messy again, but I guess that’s just part of life.

Do you have any other decluttering or organizing tips?

Photo courtesy of: Robin Shetler

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Kayla is a mid-20s single girl living in the Midwest, USA. She is focused on paying off her consumer and student loans, while simplifying her life and closet. You can join her on her journey at ShoeaholicNoMore or follow her on Twitter.


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