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Welcome to Day 1 of 30 Days To An Organized Home (also known as the 30-Day Organize-athon)!
In today’s 5 minutes we’re going to express-declutter your living area.
Take a deep breath, and imagine inhaling a sense of clarity, freedom and order. Then get started!
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25 thoughts on “Day 1: Declutter Your Living Area”
1 day late but done. I have problems with the magazines, since i only buy the ones with something iteresting there, so when I see them i want to reread or keep. I already do give them away to friends or family so that helps.
Am I the only one doing the 30 days?
Our group responses are: Mark 4 boxes or bins: keep, donate, recycle & trash Sort each area & place in appropriate box or bin
Keep: valuables, photos, books you refer to, important documents, heirlooms.
Donate: DVDs, CDs, videos, unwanted books, cassettes, floppy discs, remotes, games, old computers, cars
Recycle: paper: ads, newspapers, magazines, stationery, paper bags, envelopes, telephone books, gift wrap, catalogues; cartons: cardboard, boxboard, soda & beer carrying cases, milk & juice cartons; glass: clear, green & brown glass bottles & jars; metal: aluminum cans & foil, tin & steel cans including empty aerosol cans; plastic: plastic bottles & containers coded #1 – #7, six or 12 pack rings
Trash: expired food, any item broken rusty or tatty. Check your local area for items they need to pickup i.e. furniture, old computers, etc
Sell valuables/collectibles: 14K jewelry, porcelain dolls, limited edition items
The following is our group responses: If the item doesn’t bring joy or happiness then get rid of the item[s].
Start with 4 boxes or bins marked: keep; donate; recycle & trash. Then organize each area of your living room or sort by category i.e. books, crafts, sports, cooking, health & beauty.
Toss these items into the appropriate box or bin as you go: Organize your living room one section at a time or organize by category.
Magazines & newspapers can be read online [perishable] or cut out the article[s] you want to read & put them in a folder or scrapbook & place in metal file cabinet.
The following items can be placed in trash: unloved knick-knacks i.e. chipped, broken or rusty; tatty coasters; expired food; tatty clothing.
Donated to your local library, sell on EBay, yard sale or resale shop: DVD’s; CD’s; games; videos; cassettes; computer floppies; camera film
Donate to your local college or school: remotes, technology & game consoles.
Donate to your local library or your local book club books you don’t read, won’t re-read or will never read.
Framed photos: remove the photo[s] & keep the frame[s]. Picture frames are expensive today & can be reused.
‘Displayed’ items on shelves that collect dust but hold no meaning for you = sell on yard sale or resale shop or trash
Dead potted plants = keep the pots & throw plant away. The pots can be repurposed.
Threadbare or stained cushions, throws, rugs, etc = trash or repurpose
Anything else that isn’t loved or used regularly. = trash or sell if sellable or donate
Do you have items from your high school days that you no longer need donate to your high school alumni association? The associations display items each year & it shows the students of today what life was like during your time period.
Put your bag[s]/boxes near you’re front door. Check your local area for charities that will pick up the items including furniture.
Sell or donate your valuables! Suggestions: 14K jewelry; porcelain dolls; limited edition items, etc.
Each night return the items to their appropriate place.
This is probably the 3rd time I’m doing this program, and there is always something new to learn and do. Today, I cleaned out the front hall dresser, filled with gloves, hats, scarves, tatty sunglasses. Neat and tidy now!