Crazy Clutter Killers – Unique Ideas to Get Rid of Clutter Forever

Clutter causes stress. It creates an environment of disorganization and lowers the quality of life. However, it can be challenging to get control over clutter. Here are some unique ideas to help you get rid of clutter forever.

#1 Catchall
This is actually a surprisingly easy approach to taming clutter. Depending on the size of your home and family choose a container that you can keep in your main living space. At the end of each day spend five minutes running through the house. Everything that is out of place gets dropped into the catchall container.

Then you have a choice. You can spend five to ten minutes putting things where they belong. You can alternatively call to your family and hold each person responsible for putting their items back where they belong. It’s simple, inexpensive and effective. (And eventually your family members may get tired of the routine and start actually putting their things away.)

#2 Play the Toss Ten Game
Choose any room in your home. Look around and grab ten things you can throw away. Limit it to ten, don’t go over and make sure you throw away ten items. (Note, if you want to donate them that’s okay too.) Play this game every day in one room in your home until you’ve paired down to items that you cherish and have room for.

#3 Hide It
Buy furniture that doubles as storage. One of the reasons clutter exists is that there isn’t enough storage in a home. You simply don’t have a place to put some of your necessary items. For example, coffee and end tables in a living room can double as chests or contain drawers for storage. A chest can double as a bench in an entry way and store outdoor wear and gear.

#4 A Shopping Elimination Diet
Don’t buy anything until you’ve cleaned out your entire home. It’ll either ensure you clean out the clutter quickly or you’ll stop shopping. You might be surprised how easy it is to stop shopping and how much money you save.

#5 One Habit a Week
Create one new habit a week. For example, this week create the new habit of always putting your phone on the charger or in the phone caddy each day. Next week create the habit of going through your bills and sorting mail at the end of every day, or week. Create the habit of throwing away one, or donating, item in your closet each day.

Clearing out the clutter won’t magically happen. Unfortunately, you cannot wave a magic wand and have your entire home magazine ready. However, you can make major changes in your environment today. Throw away ten things. Adopt a new clutter system. Stop shopping and change your habits. Start living a clutter free life!

Clear Your Clutter & Help Qld’s Flood Victims

If you are like many others, one of your New Year’s goal was to get organised. Life certainly can get busy and all too often we lose sight of our resolutions and fall back into old patterns.  So if you have been putting off getting organised at home or work then now is the time to make a change once and for all and clear your clutter, get organised and enjoy the peace and calm only an organised life can bring.
When you book one of our personalised home or business organisation services during January and February, we will donate 10% to The Premier’s Flood Relief Appeal to help support the emergency relief efforts in Queensland.
You can also make individual donations to the Premier’s Flood Relief Appeal by going to:
The Qld floods has left a lasting impression on each one of us whether we have been directly impacted or not. Make 2011 the year to finally get organised and live in peace by calling us today on 0423 007 975 to book your personalised session.

Brisbane Flood 2011

It has been a tough couple of weeks here in my home town of Brisbane and in my home state of Queensland with the devastating floods impacting so many lives. I live in a beautiful area on the Brisbane River and I love to walk along the river with my dogs and enjoy the water and I always come away feeling refreshed and revived.  Last week that river was under my house and I was not feeling too refreshed.

The ABC has released amazing “Before & After” images illustrating just how extensive the flooding was. You can view these truly amazing images at:

I felt I was prepared for the flood but nothing ever really prepares you to see your things out on the footpath waiting for a frontloader to pick it up. I was also unprepared (in a good way) for my wonderful friends and gorgeous strangers who turned up on Friday to help clean up. A process that took three days!

In my work with clients we look at letting go of things and being free to live without clutter and the hold our belongings can sometimes have on us. Before we can let go of things our things though, we need to have flicked a switch in our brains which tells us that the time is right to review how we live and what we carry with us. It is only when we mentally acknowledge that it is ok, can you be truly successful in changing how you live. It is a very different process when a flood (or other natural disaster) comes along and your belongings are damaged or lost. Whether you have a lot or a few belongings, when flood water takes our things from us it is naturally a highly emotional time because we have had no or little say in what belongings we will keep and what can go. Flood water does not discriminate!

So if a loved one has lost belongings please be mindful that their pain is very real because their belongings have value to them and they were not ready to let their things go. This is not the time to discuss or even joke about decluttering or downsizing – this is a time for love and nurture and to let people come to terms with their loss in their own time.

You may be like me and wondering how to clean some things. In the clean up I discovered a photo albums of my Dad (who passed away 9 years ago). It was very important for me to do whatever I could to return these photos to good condition and I found the following information very helpful. For information on how best to clean flood affected homes and to care for photos, go to http://www.abc.net.au/local/stories/2011/01/15/3113625.htm?

Flood Fundraising

To play our part in raising funds for flood victims, Successful Living will donate 10% of any services purchased in January and February 2011 to The Flood Relief Appeal to help support the emergency relief efforts. I would also encourage people to make individual donations to the Premier’s Flood Relief Appeal by going to: http://www.qld.gov.au/floods/donate.html

Counting the Cost of Our Belongings

The cost of our belongings needs to be measured in not only the money we have spent to buy them but also the time and energy they consume to keep them in our house.  For every item you bring into your home, there is a cost to you in time and energy to maintain that item – whether it be washing, ironing, dusting, washing up, putting away or a combination of these things.  If you are complaining about not having enough time and are always feeling run down, do a quick check in your home because chances are, you simply have too much stuff and are exhausted from maintaining your belongings.

So the next time you consider buying another ‘small’ item or an item on sale, ask yourself do you have the time and the energy to look after that item in your home.  I’m thinking the chances are pretty good that you would rather enjoy a sit down with a great cup of tea than spend more time dusting or moving things around or beating yourself up because you aren’t doing those things and know you should be.