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...
Since moving back to The Lisenby Farm, I've been swamped with household projects. I decided to make myself a little getaway "retreat" as I go through another life transition taking care of my grandparents and renovating the property.
My grandpa built this treehouse for me in 1994 and I moved away the same year. My mother moved us over an hour away that year and I could only return to visit this little gem every other weekend spent away from school. The staircase to access the treehouse had fallen down between the trees, so no one has been able to go in until now! It was a true time capsule from my childhood in 1996.
The first chore was learning how to use the tractor and clear a path way, take down a couple trees to line my path, spread mulch and lights and plants... It was A LOT of work!
I also had our contractor install new decking around the treehouse since...
According to a New York Times article in 2001, IKEA did a survey of customers in which 31% reported they were more satisfied after clearing out their closets than they were after sex.
If that doesn't motivate your spouse to help you get organized around the house, I'm not sure what will! However, if you OR your significant other is STILL not on board with your new found love for all things organized, here are a few other wonderful benefits for getting your life organized.
Save Your Sanity
Who wants to stress about stuff? Ew. Studies show that 10% of the things we worry about in life are petty and unimportant such as we worry about what’s for dinner, we worry about being late, we worry about what to wear.
They say the average person wastes about 55 minutes per day searching for things…keys, files, tools, clothes, etc. That’s a lot of time over the course of a year! One of the key...