Arianna Pride, Lead Organizing Expert
My work background includes 7 years in Customer Care . My three favorite hobbies are ballet, exercising and watching horror Films. I’m excited to be an Organizing Expert because I love being able to do something I am passionate about to help other people. Its easy to feel overwhelmed by clutter and sometimes you just need a bit of help! My favorite room to organize is the living room! Its the room everyone gets to see and enjoy. My favorite charity is a tie between the World Wildlife Fund and the Wildlife Conservation Society. It’s a shame that we have had such a negative effect on the wildlife and nature around us. We should be doing every little thing we could to help.
Donating is a huge part of becoming more organized and decluttering. As I always say, you should never have anything in your home that you don't use or don't need. Also, donating is great for the environment and people in need.
A lot of the time not donating objects comes down to convenience. No one wants to spend the time sorting and packing up donation items but it’s something that will benefit you in the end. So do it! There is a Goodwill, Value Village or Salvation Army around the corner, go find the closest to you!
Is an item too large? Don't turn that old treadmill into a coat rack because you don't want to move it. You are giving that treadmill the power to dictate how to use your space. It’s your space, take it back!
If you don't have the means to take those huge items, there are so many donation centers that have trucks that will come pick up...
Out with the old, in with the minimal?
We have a tendency to hold on to too much stuff and all that stuff has a tendency of getting a little to much for us to handle. The first step to getting organized and getting that Martha Stewart home you are looking for is:
PURGE, PURGE, PURGE!
Purging is the first step and it could also be the hardest especially if you are sentimentally attached to many things in your home. When helping people through this step I often ask them a series of questions:
How long have you had this item? When was the last time you used it?
Do you have a realistic plan to use this someday?
Does it fit you or your space?
If you are sentimentally attached to something, when was the last time you even looked at it, or admired it?
If the answer to these are no or more than a year, toss it or donate...
When was the last time you went through your makeup bag? Makeup is one of the things most people accumulate over the years. People think that because they don't see an expiration date, it does not expire.
This is absolutely false!
Makeup definitely expires and it is very important to keep track of that. Wearing expired makeup can have side effects such as skin inflammation, acne, skin allergies and eye infections.
So how do you know when to toss your makeup?
If you look on the side or bottom of the product, you will see this:
This is the expiration date you need to consider after you buy a product. It is how long that product is good for after you purchase it. Now, many people may say, “Well I've had a product for 10 years and haven't had an infection or anything!”
As great as that is why would you want to risk that or take a chance with something as delicate as...
With so many products out there sometimes we just don’t know where to start or what to look for. Here is a short list of some of our favorite products that will help organize everything. Of course always remember never organize things you don’t need or want! #Donate or #Toss
1- Organize your closet shelves with this thrifty solution:
This product is not only affordable but can work in all the closets of your home! Amazon
2- A customizable kitchen drawer organizer that will keep everything set in its place:
Not only will it be so much easier to find what you are looking for, it comes in 4 different colors: Natural, Purple, Lime and Orange. Just in case you want to add a splash of color! Amazon
3- This bedroom Drawer organizer which would be perfect for scarves:
You can hang scarves if you have a few but if you have many, it's best to store them in an organizer like this to avoid a giant ball...