Making Room for the New – Clutter Control Maintenance

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Now that Thanksgiving is over, the holiday season – and usually the biggest gift giving and receiving time of the year in our part of the world – is fully upon us.  It’s usually about this time of year that I find myself doing a recon mission of my closet space.  Trading up the summer clothes for the winter clothes and asking myself, did I really wear this this year?  Or is it just wasting space?  Why I am still hanging on to these shoes even though I haven’t worn them in more than three years?

Even us professional organizers need clutter control maintenance.  The good news is that if you’re already organized, the maintenance work takes hardly any time at all.  Yesterday I was able to sort my closet, trade up seasonal clothes, and take everything to a local donation store in just over 30 minutes.  I finally got a little tough with myself about some of my clothes and shoes that I was hanging onto for seemingly no reason and ended up donating three large bags worth of stuff.

Since many of us will probably be bringing home new gadgets, clothes, toys, etc around the end of December, now is a good time to think about getting rid of the old to make room for the new.  Take a good look at stuff around your house and ask yourself, “When was the last time I used this?  Will I use it again?”  Consider donating unused items to a local charity – many people do their holiday shopping at thrift shops, and perhaps they could use your unused items.

If you have kids, you know this part of the process might be a little more difficult.  Read a great article by Laura, the Organizing Junkie based out of Alberta, Canada:    How to Get Your Kids to Part With Their Toys Before the Holidays.

What clutter control have you been doing this month?

As always, if you need help with clutter and getting organized, contact me today to set up your free consultation in the Iowa City area!


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