Hey everyone – we are just now a couple of short months away from holiday season, which promises much traveling and merriment.
Preparing for family fun warms my heart but the reality of clutter can be so overwhelming. The laundry, the mail, toys and junk just EVERYWHERE. I started to cry just looking around me. Where do I even START?
I decided to take matters into my own hands and just spent a few hours clutter-busting. It made me feel so much better!
I implemented some really simple, easy solutions. Are you ready?
Okay, I never promised rocket science. But this was one really simple solution I came across and it really resonated.
All you have to do is pick ONE DRAWER. Just one! Empty it out. Throw out anything you don’t need and put everything else back in its rightful place.
I picked my kitchen desk drawer:
I had these small drawer containers just waiting to be used and they were perfect. You can find them here.
This took me less than 15 minutes and I felt like a hero afterwards. Why just one drawer? I think because it’s manageable. You can spend 20 minutes TONIGHT on one drawer. Then next week, try another drawer.
In two weeks, my 2-year-old and 4-year-old each went up a clothing size! Well, they were probably already on their way before that, but I was in denial.
For several months before this, every time I had to get rid of something I’d just stick it in the hall closet. I thought to myself, “Oh, some day, I’ll organize all of this and then I will donate it!” Instead, this crazy huge pile had grown in my hall closet and every time I glanced at it I wanted to scream.
So I bought these plastic bins from Target. And I just threw girl clothes in the “girl bin” and boy clothes in the “boy bin”. And the third bin is called “Other stuff”. So from now on, everything will be pre-sorted.
When I’m ready to send boy clothes to my friend Laura or girl clothes to my SIL Lindsay, I can do it quickly, and I won’t have to sort through 800 articles of clothing.
I hired a wonderful organizer from a Living Social deal a while back, and one amazing piece of wisdom she shared with me was to “just put LIKE with LIKE." I decided to use our coat closet as my guinea pig, which is overrun with stuff and gives me a panic attack every time I open it.
I mean, there are no words.
So all I did was take the umbrella and put it with all the other umbrellas in ONE PLACE. I took that backpack and hung it on a hook with all the other backpacks. Even my scarves! I took each scarf and hung them on ONE HOOK. See? "Like" with "Like."
What a relief to open that closet door and just KNOW where everything is. The scarves go on THIS hook. Period. Kids’ coats are on THIS hook. Bam!
"Like" goes with "Like." You need to buy a few plastic bins. Pre-sorting will save you mucho time in the future!
But the real message is this. If you feel overwhelmed by your stuff and your home around you, don’t despair. Simple changes that take 20 minutes can totally transform the way you feel about your life. I’m living proof of that.
About the author: Lorri Dyner of Lorri Dyner Design is a decorator, blogger and TODAY Show regular. Her expertise helps us transform our homes, one simple idea at a time. She helps busy, overextended families and professionals who are frustrated that their homes just do not feel "finished." Her approach is simple: easy, affordable and clever solutions that take a space from “eh” to “ahhhh!”