Sunday, January 20, 2013

The Clutter Cure: Office and Closets

            A new year is here! January is always a great time to do some serious clean out and many stores have organizational tubs and items on sale. Today we will look at the home office and closets and some specific things we can to do start 2013 off on the right foot.


Home Office

Papers-recycle any papers you don’t need long term; expired coupons, old invitations, out of date school calendars.

Purse-dump everything out and only put back what you need. Go through your wallet and file or throw away any receipts you no longer need. Maybe this is your chance to get a new lip color for the winter. There-ten pounds lighter.

Magazines-make it a rule to throw out the previous issue when the new issue comes in. Or like me, read it and throw it away or pass it on to someone who would enjoy it.



Shoes- Weed out any shoes that are uncomfortable or beyond repair. Polish any shoes that need it.

Hangers-remove all extra hangers. Many dry cleaners will take back wire hangers and recycle them.

Clothes-after all of the holiday parties there are probably some items that need to go to the dry cleaners or need some mending. Give away anything you haven’t worn in the past year or no longer like.


When in doubt, ask yourself these questions.

  1. Do I really need this?
  2. Do I love it?
  3. Do I already have something else that will work?
  4. Do I use it regularly?
  5. Where am I going to put it?
  6. How hard would it be to replace this item someday if I needed to?

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