Getting rid of clutter without throwing anything away May 05, 2005 10:16 AM
I found an interesting news article on tips to get rid of clutter without throwing anything away. Just thought it might help some of you! ...
It's time for spring cleaning and you want to de-clutter your home without throwing a single item away.
The key to pulling that off is organization, say three Southern Nevadans who make a living helping people get their homes organized.
The three rhapsodize about the value of being organized. The benefits are emotional and monetary, they say.
One client of Finished Garage was able to cancel her storage unit rental after organizing her garage with overhead storage racks. It used to cost her $129 a month for a 10-by-20-foot storage unit. It cost her less than $700 to have three racks installed in her garage to handle the contents of the storage unit.
There are some great ideas in that article - Cyndi!
It does mention that you should get rid of the stuff you don't use or need, though, and I think you have to be fairly organised - i.e. disciplined - to use any storage system.
I don't have a garage, and would be reluctant to put up more shelves in case I were tempted to accumulate more clutter! But I agree totally with the principle: that there should be a place for everything, and everything in its place. Or thereabouts
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This is a really good article. I agree, there is good advice and some interesting ideas there. I did giggle about lowering closet rods, because I am tall and do have clothes that are too long for the rod where it is.
I have do one problem with the article (well, with women's magazines, newspapers, and all sorts of stuff). First, it is really for house owners and second, it is only intended for middle class, at least, people, especially with kids. Other than this group, again, I've never been able to find organizing help for people in apartments, let alone who are poor and without kids. I also see this with all those redecorating shows, articles and magazines.
I guess I'm just venting. Sorry for being so picky.
TV makeover shows have to feature large rooms, in order to get the camera crews in. This means that those of us with poky accommodation (and absolutely no budget to play with) never get a look-in - even though we need it the most.
I was once considered for a show on cable TV, but when the researcher came round she explained the bit about the large rooms and said that my flat wasn't the sort of property they were looking for. Not fair!
But of course, those shows are really only for entertainment; I wonder how many of their ardent fans watch them from the discomfort of their own homes ...
On a more practical level, we have to learn to live within our means - which includes physical space as well as money. If I could afford a larger place, I don't think I'd be tempted to splash out on expensive furnishings (I'm quite comfortable with the basics) but I bet I'd fill it with even more clutter! So perhaps small is beautiful after all.
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What a great article! I am trying to find ways to maximize the storage areas in my kitchen. I am on a budget and I can only redo stuff, in baby steps.
This apartment has some built in storage areas that are so deep...you have to nearly take everything out...to get to something on the bottom. I find it so frustrating! I have to pull out so many baking sheets and pans to get to my woks! Argggh!
Another problem area is where I have blankets and linens stored. I have another tug-o-war on my hands!
Something I've always wondered... When you stack your towels...are you supposed to stack from the top and pull a clean towel from the bottom; to use...or vice versa??
We're moving into a smaller house. This means we definately have to "re-organize" our stuff. I've always used storage containers under the beds and couches....for off-season clothing, blankets, wrapping paper and bags, and for extra frames/picture albums. Our 'coffee table' is an old trunk...works great for storage as well. Using boxes inside drawers helps organizing...shoe boxes work great.