All posts tagged: Tricks for clearing clutter

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Does it Spark Joy?

  I pretty much have just enough time to maintain the status quo, meaning I can get what NEEDS to get done–done, but beyond that, Oy Vay. I have to remind myself that life is too short to obsess about the unfinished petty stuff–dusty baseboards, scuffed up walls, a playroom that looks like it was “tossed” by the Feds, etc… It’s all just a byproduct of a much loved home, right?  I, do, however, constantly try to find ways to minimize extra angst in my life. I mean life is not always very easy. The last thing I need is my own home to bring me down, stress me out, and be a giant buzz kill when sometimes everyone and everything else is jockeying for that position. So I keep hearing about this book, “The Life-Changing Magic of Tidying Up” by Marie Kondo. Her essential question is ‘Does this spark joy?’ “Keep only the things that speak to your heart, then take the plunge and discard all the rest,” she advises. “When you put your …

Ugly, Unwanted, Overwhelmed and Guilt lurk around every corner...

Kicking the Decorating Rut…Pitfalls.

Ugly, Unwanted, Overwhelmed and Guilt lurk around every corner…   You have voiced concerns, complaints, and exasperated cries for help: “What about when I try to kick out the lurking shadows of Ugly and Unwanted and Guilt stands with his arms crossed at my door?”  (If you are concerned over what this is about you might want to read the prior two posts:  Decorating Rut Part 1, Decorating Rut Part 2.) “What happens when I get rid of Ugly and Unwanted and realize there is NOTHING left in my house?” “What do I do when I try to do what you tell me but Overwhelmed kicks the snot out of Guilt and follows me around like a lousy rat?” “What happens if I get rid of it and then I need it?” 1. Guilt. Put it in perspective. It is STUFF. Yes, I know that it represents in our mind’s eye friends and family and life events. Yes, I know that these things were given to you out of kindness. But it is the act, the person, …

Paper must look PURPOSEFUL!  Contain it or Hide it! Found at Lucketts in Leesburg, VA.

#PaperBeGone!

  Every Tuesday my kid’s elementary school sends the equivalent of one phone book’s worth of paper home with my kids. Times two. No, seriously. Actually they are the collection agency for “Lots of Paper Without Homes”, then they divide the paper by the students and send those papers home.  Really. Ok, all joking aside, the school is actually a recycling plant for paper and they recycle millions of pounds a week using secret people and the kid’s backpacks. 25 sheets = 1 quire 500 sheets = 1 ream 1,000 sheets = 1 bundle 5,000 sheets = 1 bale We should just familiar ourselves with these measurements so we can communicate more efficiently with one another.  “I had about one bale in little Johnny’s backpack today.”  “Oh, you did? We have been only getting 3 bundles lately.” “REALLY?! I heard that that other school is only sending home 2 quires!” “NO!” “YES!” “Stop it!” “I know, right?!” My kids are in on it too.  They take a piece of paper and scribble a line on it …

Spring Staging and Redesign Decorating Tips

  Today I hauled out a desk I’ve had since college and painted it white.  I’m getting ready for our new home in DC.  The to do list that I’ve been staring at suddenly doesn’t have me beat anymore.  I’m ready for some change.  Sunshine and warm weather do that after a long, long winter.  I’m ready to tackle some projects and ready for action–says the sedentary girl sitting on the couch with her laptop with a cup of coffee and the Today show…  I’m currently living in a house that is up for sale.  Last June I was living in a different house that was up for sale.  Golly, it would be awesome if I can spend every spring prepping for buyers.  Not to brag, but I sort of kind of a little bit always have a nice house.  I follow my own advice.  At least I do.  My kids, not so much. EVERY single house I stage the owners always say the same thing—I wish we had made these changes earlier so WE …

The War on Clutter

Oh. My.  We moved into this house 3  1/2 months ago.  I did so much purging and clutter delegation when we arrived.  Our house is big.  I am organized.  I pick up and clean all the time.  Why, oh why, Clutter have you taken over?  Ok maybe not taken over but you are trying to stage a coup.  I know your tricks.  I have company coming.  I am busy.  Clutter leave me alone!  You leave me no choice.  I am sorry. I’m not going to over think it.  I’m just going to dump it. So after 10 minutes this is what I came up with.  I felt it was pathetic. So I did another round.  Which turned into 5 hours later…   Ok, it isn’t as impressive as it looks.  And yet it is…  Much of this is packing paper that I held onto for when I decided to do this….   …sort, sell, goodwill and purge my staging props.  What you aren’t seeing are the boxes of things I am giving away to family…which …

Public Service Announcement: Visual Clutter

    I’m going to be brief (or I’m going to try.) Kids bring a lot of clutter to a house.  We’ll define clutter  as a confusing or disorderly state.  Kids make houses disorderly.  It is their job.  This is directed at you, the parent of the “culprits”.  It is a no win exhausting battle between “picked up for 5 minutes” and “complete and utter chaos”.  I am Type A.  I can take 2 days of things being disorderly and then I start to freak out a little.  I have systems.  I have mantras…like things must go together is my favorite.  I have help.  (I also have anti-help).  I have training, if you will, to deal with these scenarios.  AND I still fight the forces of good and evil. I help a lot of people with their houses.  If you are battling the clutter fight and want a calm uncluttered home…if you do not want your home to continue to look like the two pictures above then you must listen to me. You will have …

The Home Purge Game

  I’m having a garage sale in a week.  I hope you all come:)  Garage sales are not my favorite thing to “host” as they always end up being a lot of work for $37.42 not so much profit.  It is, however, motivating my husband to purge.  My 5 year old not so much.  I’m pretty sure he is going to try to buy back every toy that was his.  We’ll be losing money and gaining stuff…isn’t that the opposite of a garage sale? Well our house is all aflutter with “garage sale talk”… “Mom how much do you think I can get for this legless Mario Lego?  Five dollars?”  Clearly they are in for a let down.  That aside let’s talk purging. I’ve got an assignment for you over the weekend.  Take a garbage bag and set the timer for 12 minutes.  Pick EITHER garbage or donate.  DO NOT MULTI-TASK.  It’s EITHER Garbage OR Donate.  For 12 minutes you must try to fill the bag with whichever you chose.  Here is a list of …