Kick clutter to curb during spring cleaning with these tips

Clutter can be more than a household annoyance; it can exact a toll on your mental and physical health. Click the source link below to read the full article on how you can kick clutter to the curb during spring cleaning.

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Tip: Hang keys on hooks near the door.

Tip: Put toys away in plastic bins on wheels.

Tip: Place recyclables together in a basket.

 

Spring Clean Your Purse

Blue women's purse. Things from opening a ladies handbag.

As the nice weather is upon us, it is time to change from that dark winter bag to a fun bright spring/summer bag. So let’s not carry over all that is in that winter bag, let’s keep it simple and organized and light.

Some helpful hints:

  • When choosing a bag, try and find one with one outside zipper and at least one compartment inside.
  • That inside compartment is the perfect storage spot for all your receipts. It’s easy and convenient to put them in it and it doesn’t clutter your wallet.
  • If you found a new bag that you love and it doesn’t not have compartments. Get a few clear or colour zipper pouches to separate items, to keep your new bag organized.
  • Do you find all that loose change that you throw in your bag sits at the bottom, making your purse heavy and impossible to find? Then why not make it easy to access by using the outside compartments or zipper part and throw the change in there.
  • Instead of carrying everything under the sun in your bag, keep a small clear container in your car, to hold items like; Hair ties, Band-Aids, scissors, tape and stain remover. These are not necessarily items you need to carry every-day in your purse. However if you needed them, there right there in your car.
  • Downsize your purse! This will keep you disciplined not to carry everything under the sun. If you need to carry any products, get the travel sizes. You don’t need to carry 10 pens and 5 different lipsticks. Remember the limit “Take Two”.
  • Do you have Credit card overload in your wallet? These days it seems we carry too many credit cards, bonus cards and rewards cards. Try narrowing down the number of cards you card. Keep the excess at home in a safe place. For rewards, bonus and gift cards, use the app “keyring” for US and “stocard” for Canada, to store them. It lightens your load 100%. I love this app!

Lastly, work on getting in the habit of cleaning out your bag every two weeks. It will help keep out those items that do not belong in there. We are all so busy, our purses become a catch all at times, so don’t get caught in that trap.

Hope these little hints help to lighten your load and make your spring/summer bag fun & light!

As always I welcome your questions and your feedback. You can leave a comment right here, at the bottom of the page or reach me by phone, email, twitter, Facebook and LinkedIn.

Happy Spring!

Kathy

Dealing with the Guilt of Letting Go of Family Heirlooms

Family Heirlooms

Helping clients to let go of family heirlooms is always a huge challenge. They are overwhelmed with the emotional guilt of letting go or giving away something that was once special to a loved one. It may be helpful, depending on what the object is, to have it appraised. A lot of the time, this helps ease the burden of letting it go.

There are many ways to simplify the sentimental stuff. Each concept includes focusing on what is most important and honouring its history:

Photographs are a nice way to preserve the memory
-If it is something you can use (be honest), and have a spot for it, than by all means keep it and enjoy it,
-If the item is tucked away in a box in your basement, it is not serving a purpose (other than collecting dust),
-Consider giving the item away to a family member or a friend that could use it.

Remember you are not attached to the item, it’s the memory associated with it.  If a loved one does not want the item, accept it and let go of it.  Once you remove the emotional tie to something you will be able to let it go. It helps to know that many charities are only too happy to receive donation goods that will go on to benefit others.

I have a client who for years had stored three bags full of her mother’s purses, in green garbage bags.  When I asked her to work on this, at a recent visit, I could see her start to panic. I had her sit down and went through the items with her.   She reviewed the purses one by one and placed them in the donation bag.  When she was finished she was so pleased with herself, and could not believe we got through all three bags (and found nearly $1000 in the process). This is an example that many possessions are just stuff!

Remember you do not have to do it all at once. Small steps are often key to success. Take it slow and honour the memories, keep only what you will use and let the rest go.

As always, we at Butler Girl, are here to help in any way we can.

Do You Want to Become More Organized & Efficient

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Most people get excited in January about getting organized and removing the clutter in their space. We all have the best intentions of doing it, however after a few weeks people throw in the towel.

Let’s ask ourselves why most people fail? Most people, don’t have a plan, don’t know where to start, or they do a little in every room and they become overwhelmed and quit.

 

Here are some simple points to help you stay on track:

  • Make a plan. Write down what space/area you would like to start with. Once you have written it down, next step is to break it down into bite size steps. It could be a drawer, stack of magazines or a small corner of the room.
  • When you start small, you see immediate results and you are more motivated to keep going.
  • Keep it simple! Begin by creating categories of like items. Divide the items by what they are used for.
  • Once you’ve sorted everything, begin to go through the categories and make decision quickly, keep, toss or donate. Don’t over think it!
  • Schedule regular time for maintenance. Only 10 minutes a day will keep you on track and your home clutter free.
  • Check each task you complete off your list. It makes you feel you are accomplishing your goal, as well as keeps your stress level down.
  • Everything should have a home and should always be put back there. This will help you the next time you are looking for it. (i.e. Keys should be in one spot, near the door, either on a table in a visible box/bowl or on a rack).
  • Don’t run out and buy all kinds of different storage containers, fancy décor boxes, hanger’s etc. until you know what you need.
  • Plan little rewards along the way to keep you motivated.

 

Remember, there is no need to keep something you don’t like, won’t use or because it was a gift. Your goal is to get organized, purge and let go of the clutter. If you don’t think you can do it alone, ask a trusted friend, or a professional organizer for help. They will help keep you on track and serve as your accountability partner.

Lastly, keep it simple, using small steps at a time. I know you can do it! At Butler Girl, we are always here to help and support you!

Kathy

Thanksgiving – 5 Things to be Thankful For

Canadian Thanksgiving

Our Canadian Thanksgiving holiday is just around the corner. It’s a reminder to be thankful and appreciative for any and all of the positive aspects of our lives.  This holiday is about getting together with family and friends, and spending quality time together, not about gift giving. Of all of the many blessings in the world, if we are lucky enough to have any or all of these 5 things listed below, we should consider ourselves lucky. Continue reading

3 Reasons Hiring a Professional Organizer can Help

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Are you looking to become more organized? Tired of the clutter, overwhelmed and don’t know where to start? Here are 3 reasons a professional organizer can help! Continue reading

5 Strategies on Parting With “Sentimental” Clutter

declutter - personal concierge York regionAsk yourself – do I really need all these memories from my childhood to now or am I just keeping it for the sake of keeping it? Do you think, oh, I will look at it sometime? Realistically, when was the last time you looked at this stuff? Perhaps it’s time to let it go….Here are 5 strategies to help you part with that ‘sentimental’ clutter.

1. Set a Limit

  • Decide before you begin to keep between 5-10 items
  • Choose only those items from your past that really mean something special
  • Set a time limit and start small but start NOW!

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3 Tips on Organizing your Living-room for the Holidays

personal concierge York RegionThe festive season is soon upon us; which for most of us, means entertaining family and friends. So let’s make your space welcoming and festive! Here are 3 essential tips to organizing your living room ahead of time, so you will be able to relax and enjoy your friends and family when they arrive. You will want to start with a clean room. This way, each week leading up visitors, you only have to do a light dusting and quick vacuum. The simpler you keep it, the easier it is to manage and makes your life a whole lot easier too! Continue reading

5 Tips to Protect your Home from Burglars

how to safeproof a houseDid you know that every three minutes a house in Canada gets robbed?! Although, Canada is a relatively safe county, let’s decrease your chance of a break-in. Below are 5 tips to help you protect your home from burglars.

1. Doors/Windows

  • You can never have enough locks
  • Deadbolts on every exterior door
  • Patio doors should have a pin, key lock or a piece of dowel on back track
  • Garage doors should have bolt locks
  • Double paned windows

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3 Easy Tips to Keep your Kitchen Organized

uncluttered kitchenThe kitchen is the heaviest traffic area in most homes. For many, it is the dumping zone for lunch bags, mail, purses, wallets, newspaper, electronics etc. Since this is the most used room in your home, it makes sense to make it as functional as possible. By using these 3 easy tips to organize your kitchen space appropriately, you will feel less stressed and be able to locate and find things quickly.

1. Store items by use
• Everyday dishes and glasses, should be near the dishwasher
• Special occasion, seasonal dishes, bowls and platters, should be up high or in a storage area
• Essential tools, scissors, spatula, tongs, wooden spoons, should be handy in a caddy
• Items used every day, should be on lower shelves
• Pots, pans should be near the stove Continue reading