Small Tasks – Small Projects – Get Them Done!

Clear sink

Our clean, empty sink!

Like myself, I bet you have some tasks or projects that you’d like to complete, but you tend to get busy or procrastinate so they don’t get done. For instance; I tend to get so busy with both of my businesses – gardening & organizing – that I let the dishes pile up in the sink. It’s summer, and without central air, the kitchen can get hot even with a room fan running. Not a good idea to let the dishes pile up.

Last week, I made a decision (commitment) to wash the dishes as soon as I am done either preparing the meal and/or eating the meal. I’ve been doing this for over a week now, and I am so pleased with myself that I have stuck to this commitment. Several days ago, I mentioned my commitment to my housemate, (who also manages two businesses’ and also tends to leave her dishes) and told her that I was trying it as an experiment. She decided to make the commitment too. We’ve both been washing the dishes regularly now and the sink remains clean and empty!

What little tasks or projects do you have to do that have started to add up?

Such as Clearing your:
– desktop surface
– shredding papers
– putting away your clothes
– changing a lightbulb
– doing laundry
– filling the ice tray
– taking out the trash & recycling
– taking the giveaway bag to Goodwill
– etc…….

These chores begin to weigh on us and pile up in our minds as well as in our homes, offices and even our cars. There’s always something to be replaced, fixed, changed, thrown away or given away.

Many of these projects can be completed in a short amount of time.

Make that commitment to yourself that you will tackle one small task per day for a month. Upon completing each task, you will free up a lot of that mental energy that comes with thinking (obsessing) about doing it but not doing it. Like my roommate and myself, I bet you’ll feel a great sense of accomplishment!

What’s on your “have to do” list?  What will you take care of each day for the next month?

To learn more about how Judy can help you de-clutter your home or office,
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Six Things to Throw Out Now!

Hazardous waste containers

Like myself, you most likely have some or a lot of items you can throw out or recycle now.

Here is a list of six of these things.

1. Empty Boxes: So many of us hold on to boxes once we take out the items inside. And, where do we put these empty boxes? In a closet, spare room, the basement, the attic, the garage where they pile up and take up space, plus become a fire hazard. After the item is opened and you’ve used it for a month, you probably won’t be returning it. Recently, I was going through my attic attacking clothing moths that had never been a problem before, and while moving stuff around, I found an empty computer box from a computer that I no longer have! I tell my clients to recycle these types of empty boxes rather than keep them. I am guilty as charged! Time for me to put it in the recycle bin.

2. Reusable Shopping Bags: The environmentally correct thing to do these days is to use reusable shopping bags. Your local supermarket, hardware store, big box store either sell them or give them away. But, how many of these bags do we really need? And, are they cluttering up your space? I have two bags full of plastic & canvas bags from various charity’s and stores that I am taking to Good Will for a client who was willing to let go of them. She kept only about ten bags that she liked the most.

3. Magazines and Newspapers: Old magazines & newspapers! I save garden magazines and catalogs thinking I will use some of their information someday. I usually don’t do this, so periodically, I sort and recycle most of them.

4. Electronic Cords and Attachments: So many of the cables from old electronics (land lines, Smart phones, ipads, computers, etc,) we purchased in the past have been stored away in our drawers, boxes, closets because we might need them someday. Take a look, and you will probably find some that you don’t even remember what they were for!

5. Outdated Electronics: Old computers, ancient cell phones, broken paper shredders, toasters, hair dryers, you name it, pile up. Your town’s DPW usually has a dumping area for this kind of electronic stuff, or a couple of recycling days a year when they do a pick up at your home. I have an old Dell printer (doesn’t have a scan feature) that has been in my attic for a long time as backup if my newer printer breaks. I am going to put it out on the street as a Freebee, and if no one takes it, I’ll bring it to the local DPW.

6. Old paint and Hazardous Waste: Once the paint in latex paint cans has dried completely, you can throw it in your trash because it is not considered hazardous waste. But, how many empty or partially full cans of paint thinner, bug spray, cleaning products, shellac, and more… pile up because you don’t know what to do with them. Your town should have a couple days a year where you can drop off hazardous waste to the DPW grounds.

Do you have things on this list that you need to get rid of, or recycle? Let me know how you are doing with your letting go.

To learn more about how Judy can help you de-clutter your home, email her at:

ClutterClearerCoach@comcast.net

More about Switching from Summer to Winter Clothing

Closet

In my previous post, I mostly wrote about when to switch seasonal clothing.

Here are some more helpful tips on switching from summer to winter clothing:

1. When sorting through the clothing you will be putting away until next spring, discard any items that are torn, stained, stretched out, really old or not in style any more. Let go of clothing you haven’t worn for one year or more. Chances are you won’t wear it, so give away to friends or donate to a charitable organization where others will benefit.

2. If you have lost weight during the past year, part of you may be hesitant to get rid of the ‘heavy’ clothes. Perhaps in the back of your mind you are concerned you might gain the weight back. Or you might be thinking that it’s simply easier to keep all the old clothes than re-buying a whole new wardrobe. Something to consider however, is the effect that holding onto the bigger sized clothing might ultimately have on your motivation and commitment to keeping the weight off. There might be some pieces that you still feel good about wearing. But it’s healthy to let go of what doesn’t feel good to wear. Enjoy the space it can make for something new to find it’s way to you.

3. If any of your clothing needs to be washed or dry cleaned, do this before putting it in storage. Dirt or odors can affect clean clothing that is packed away.

4. You most likely have clothing made from different types of fabric. Pack silks, wool, and leather fabrics (protein-type) together in containers such as canvas or mesh which allow access to some air flow to prevent cracking or drying out. Pack fabrics such as cotton, linen, and rayon (plant-type) separately.

5. Pack clothing in the correct type of storage container. As mentioned above, fabrics made from protein-type materials should be put in breathable containers. Fabric needing to be airtight/moisture free can be stored in plastic containers with lids that snap on tightly. You can also use ‘Spacebags’ (similar to large ziploc bags) to store items such as comforters, blankets, pillows, sweaters, and patio cushions. Once the clothes are in the ‘Spacebags’, use your vacuum to suck the air out to minimize space. Just be careful not to use too much suction as it might tear the ‘Spacebag’s’ seams. The Container Store and stores like WalMart sell them.

6. Choose a cool dry place such as a closet, under a bed, or up in the attic to store these containers, and not a damp area like your basement, as moisture attracts mildew and mold.

Follow these helpful tips for a successful seasonal clothing switch-over.

And, let me and my blog followers know any switch-over tips you have to share!