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Winter Purging for 2017

As soon as the weekend started, I changed into my comfy PJs, took some fresh garbage bags, readied the cleaning tools and I started purging for 2017. Since I have read about the KonMari method of organizing and decluttering, I told myself to try it come 2017. I even started alienating myself from stuff that hold sentimental value. I just wanted to be practical, let go of the things that held be back, make some room, minimize and only have the essentials.

The KonMari method is rather controversial, unorthodox, and simply hard to follow especially for someone like me who would usually get attached with certain things given by family and friends. However, I like how Marie Kondo, the lady behind the ruthless method of tidying and organizing put her method into perspective of only keeping things that bring joy, thus eliminating unwanted objects that one day may become hazardous or problematic.

The first hour of clearing my stuff proved to be the most difficult as I started staring at the stuff we’ve amassed over the years. Most of them were untouched for many years, gathering dust, and actually forgotten. I wondered how I could have possibly bought all of them without recalling when, where and why. I told myself the habit of shopping mercilessly has to stop, no ifs and no buts.

I looked at old stationery supplies I have bought in the US and they were unopened. Another look at them made me almost repulsive of my utter weakness when it comes to hoarding stationery and art supplies. That has to change – and the stash had to go.

Next were my art supplies which where everywhere in my room. Since most of them bring me happiness, I decided to keep all and put them in 4 small transparent containers where I will see the contents. They are now all next to my study table as compared to the last time where I had to find the brushes, the coloured pens, the pads, and so much more. Now, they are all within reach.

I changed my study table too and made it a bit broader where I could put my itty-bitty printer and other stuff needed for my blogging and art. The old laptop table is now used as a console table in our bedroom.

I am not done cleaning yet. I am scheduling another batch of clearing next weekend as I tackle my dresser and closet. This will be very tricky as most of my article of clothing are bought in nice boutiques. Most of my clothes too are for office wear and I need to have several to mix and match. However, I am planning to send my old clothes back home where my nieces can use them. Problem solved! I am still having doubts about clearing my closet though. But, I need to commit to a minimal lifestyle. I am done with hoarding and buying stuff. My new rule now is, when I buy something new whether it is a garment, shoes or supplies, I have to make sure that they will be used instantly and that one of my clothing or shoes or supplies need to go.

Well, that’s my winter purging! I have more purging to do and may eventually need a “balikbayan box” to send my other stuff back home. For now, I just want to see a clean, tidy, and well organized room and space.

Organize Your School Locker

It’s back to school time and everybody’s preparing their stuff for the big school day.  For some students who own a locker or want to have one, it is time to think of decorating and organizing your locker to help you stay as efficient as possible during the hectic school year.  These products will help you declutter, stay focused and well-organized.

 

Quartet – Magnetic Dry-Erase Board

Quartet - Magnetic Dry-Erase Board

Quartet – Magnetic Dry-Erase Board – $8.46, 5.58 shipping – Available at Amazon.com Marketplace


International Solutions – Locker Pocket Organizer with Mirror

International Solutions - Locker Pocket Organizer with Mirror

The locker organizer with mirror holds all those little things that get lost at the bottom of the locker. Two pockets a mirror and a zipper pocket will keep things organized.

International Solutions – Locker Pocket Organizer with Mirror – $18.95, 5.23 shipping – Available at Amazon.com Marketplace


Magnetic Mesh Organizer Bin

Magnetic Mesh Organizer Bin

The Magnetic Mesh Organizer Bin is a great place to store pens, pencils, notepads, index cards, a pocket calculator, hair accessories and personal care items

Magnetic Mesh Organizer Bin – $6.99, 8.95 shipping – Available at The Container Store


Container Store – 2-Tier Janus Locker Shelf Translucent, 11-1/4″ X 10″ X 26″ H

Container Store - 2-Tier Janus Locker Shelf Translucent, 11-1/4

Maximize vertical space in your locker with our ingenious Janus Locker Shelf. Two adjustable shelves provide multiple levels of storage for books, notebooks and school supplies.

 

Container Store – 2-Tier Janus Locker Shelf Translucent, 11-1/4″ X 10″ X 26″ H – $24.99, 9.45 shipping – Available at The Container Store


Mesh Magnetic Vanity Bin White, 6-1/4″ X 1-3/4″ X 7-3/4″ H

Mesh Magnetic Vanity Bin White, 6-1/4

A great place to store pens, pencils and personal care items. A mirror provides a place to check your look between classes. Super-strong magnets on the back keep it securely in place.

Mesh Magnetic Vanity Bin White, 6-1/4″ X 1-3/4″ X 7-3/4″ H – $7.99, 8.95 shipping – Available at The Container Store


Akro Bins Plastic Stacking Bin 4-1/8 X 10-7/8 X 4 Blue

Akro Bins Plastic Stacking Bin 4-1/8 X 10-7/8 X 4 Blue

This stacking bin can also be a good addition to your school locker to neatly stack up and maximize the space. You can put small items here like your pens and scissors, erasers or other trinkets you may use for school.

 

Akro Bins Plastic Stacking Bin 4-1/8 X 10-7/8 X 4 Blue – $2.73, Free shipping – Available at Global Industrial


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Clearing Our Mess

I am very surprised that I managed to clear almost 6 big trash bags filled with our old stuff that we seldom use and have long forgotten. The trash bags were filled with old and worn out toys of our Millie, my daughter’s old school notebooks, my own files and articles that I couldn’t remember printing out, my husband’s magazines which were all decade’s old and worn out shoes/bags and even clothes that couldn’t be donated anymore. I even saw some cheap custom drawstring bags which were marked with some hotels’brand we have stayed at before during our travels. There were even very old bath soaps and gels from the same hotels that I have kept for souvenir or when we have guests.

I guess, we have been hoarding for a long time now and just realized that the stuff we have were just collecting dusts and taking up space at home. I even gave some of my old bags and shoes back home recently when we sent a “balikbayan” box. I just couldn’t believe that even after cleaning before, we still have so much mess. It’s time to downsize and really stick to our goal of saving. I can’t afford to keep buying stuff only to forget about them in the long run.

Keep Your Home Clutter-Free

Photo credit: rubbermaid.com  but I added text

Photo credit: rubbermaid.com but I added text

The hardest thing a homeowner faces is the task of keeping the house clutter-free. And this becomes even harder when you have a big house that can accommodate plenty of things inside like and enough room to house furniture, appliances, curios, cabinets, what-have-yous like clothes, books, magazines, collectibles, toys, and gadgets. It gets harder each time cleaning is done because you don’t know where to start.

You don’t have to fall victim to all the mess your household accumulates. You can check these tips to keep your home clutter-free all year round.

Allocate a storage room
If you have a house than can accommodate a spare space to convert into a storage room, do so. Use this room to store bigger items like ski equipment, bulky blankets, winter clothing, carpets and rugs, tools and other items in the house that are usually uneven in shape and size. You can also keep your cleaning stuff here like mops, pails, floor polisher and vacuum cleaner so you know where to find them.

Use transparent bins to store smaller items
A household with kids will require more of these transparent bins to store smaller items like toys, socks, books, trinkets, hair accessories, kitchen utensils, school items and craft supplies. The transparency aspect makes it easier to view the contents at a glance without having to rummage through the bins.

Install shelving units on bare walls
If you can spare a wall that is totally bare, boring and unused, convert it into a shelving unit. You can use fancy shelves if you like for aesthetic effects but make sure that the shelves become functional as well in the process. Put your books on the shelves or cd collections so they are not everywhere in the house. You can also use these shelves as display rack of your collectibles if you don’t have a curio.

You can also use the space above the door and windows to store light weight bins. Make use of the space available without compromising form.

Buy multi-functional furniture with storage
A lot of home center and furniture shops sell stools with storage. Use them rather than the conventional stool. The added storage can keep odd items out of the way and it is easy to maintain a house with less clutter and well-organized stuff. You can also use bed frames with pull out drawers underneath to store spare pillows or beddings.

Use a wall unit magazine holder for your pots’ lids
The kitchen area is another place where chaos can easily start just by rummaging through the cupboards and cabinets for pot lids. Organize them by using a magazine holder that can be affixed to the wall to hold your pots’ lids in place. I saw a similar item in Ikea. You can check that out.

Avoid hoarding
This is one of the reasons why the home gets cluttered. Avoid hoarding. Simply said.

Do not buy unnecessary stuff
Another reason why the home gets cluttered is by buying compulsively and impulsively only to realize you don’t need the item and I bet, you will even forgot about it when it gets stashed behind the closet. I am guilty of this. I stopped shopping for sometime now and when I clean my closet, I still find items I have bought some time back with tags on, gathering dust. So, don’t buy items you will not use nor need. If it’s a want, put the item down and move on. Do not add stuff in your home unless you are going to use it right away.

Donate unused and unwanted stuff
There are other people who will have a use of those stuff you never even used nor have put into oblivion. You’re going to do yourself a favor and more importantly, you are going to help someone in need. Donate, donate, donate and don’t hold back because the item is expensive or brought from one of your trips abroad. If you’re not using it for some time and it’s just gathering dust, give it to someone who will have a better use of it.

Have a garage sale
If donating seems to be a hard thing to do because you need money in exchange of those items, have a garage sale then so you can get rid of your unwanted and unused items and earn from them too.

Now that your home is clutter free and more organized, keep it that way by avoiding the pitfalls of having a cluttered home.

There are more tips I can share but the list will get very long. If you want to share your tips on how to have a clutter free home, please feel free to leave a comment here. I would love to hear what you have to say.

Clearing Junk

Clearing our junk every season is becoming a regular, year after year. I thought we downsized already with our stuff only to find more stuff added through the years. I just cannot believe what I am discovering in our linen closet alone. My husband’s shirts with tags intact, our winter clothes which I thought I have already pared to the bare minimum of 3 for each for us, some old laptops, cords and cables, old blankets and pillow cases we seldom use.

I also found some weird machine parts and other tools I would normally see in my dad’s old tool box and garage like various sizes of wrench, screw drivers and even a pneumatic swing clamp which I don’t recall buying. My husband must have borrowed it from someone or bought it which I just didn’t know.

Not only those discoveries, my daughter’s old toys were still kept in some of the boxes which I also thought we have sent back in the Philippines. There are books there too that I remember buying for her when she was only a toddler. I could have donated all of them to charity or to her younger cousins who would have benefited dearly.

We must stop this habit of piling junk after junk after junk. I stopped shopping for some time now so those stuff must be from yesteryears which we all have forgotten. I need several cargo boxes to clear our mess. Hoarding must stop because we’re just wasting money for useless items now. We can save the money for the house construction or some other worthy projects.

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