January = purge, de clutter and organize.
Perhaps it is that fresh start idea that comes with a new year or maybe it is what we realize needs to be done as we are putting away the holiday decorations. It could be that this whole house cleanse is a productive way to burn some energy during the gray cold indoor days that occur here in the Midwest. No matter the reason, this is the time of year that the organizing bug bites hard.
Today a friend posted this link. Have you seen it?
A lot of these concepts truly are ingenious.
I do have trouble with the 40 hanger rule. Reduce my closet to 40 hangers?
That I can not do. #nothappening
Instead I try to abide by these two philosophies:
and this one that was included in Buzzfeed's post.
I couldn't have said it as eloquently but it is a concept I have tried to live by for several years now.
So even if I can't abide by the 40 hanger rule there were other hints here that definitely inspired me.
My favorite is the "Rule of Five"
The idea is that every time you clean a room you remove or throw out five things. Maybe it's just an old magazine or maybe it's that tchotchkie that is looking old, tired and oh so 2008. It isn't as tough as it sounds. Look around the room and if it doesn't make you happy or isn't a necessity of life, get rid of it.
Visual clutter unsettles me. Yes, I might be a bit OCD here, but I thought this idea for clearing off our nightstands was brilliant. These types of horizontal spaces end up being a catch all for us so the more stuff I can find an alternative spot for the better.
This fix, using a bit of velcro, for corralling the cord on a currently unused appliance is simple and inexpensive and it looks so much nicer and will stay in place better than having the cord looped around and tucked into itself.
Sometimes one idea might not be the perfect solution but it triggers an offshoot idea. For example, this concept of using shower curtain hooks.
I prefer to either "nest" my smaller shopping bags according to size within a large bag or to hang them, like my mom did on a hanger. But, the idea of using shower hooks was new to me and even though I wouldn't use them like they have here I can see them used on a curtain rod to hang long necklaces, bracelets, or scarves.
Adding S hooks works well for larger items.
This Buzzfeed article featured some excellent ideas for simplifying our on-line lives along with some thoughts on incorporating technology to help streamline and de- clutter our paper world. I'm hoping to use some of those as a jumping off point for a future organizational post. So stay tuned. I'm on a house cleanse roll.