Organize + Energize: What Does Your Stuff Mean to You?
Tuesday, January 09, 2018
If you had to evacuate your home, aside from people and pets, what would you take with you? If your house is chaotic, would you find what you were looking for and how much of what's in your basement would you try to salvage? If I told you that you have to grab 10 things right now, what would you grab and how quickly could you put your hands on them?
Here are 5 areas in your home that you may want to take a closer look at this year:
Attic. Some people use their attics for storage. When was the last time you went into your attic? Have you just been throwing items up there every year and not really taking inventory? Mark this project on your calendar and figure out what you need to keep or toss. When was the last time you used any of the items that are stored in the attic?
Basement. What’s going on in your basement? What are you attached to down there? Are you holding on to items for family members? Stop using your basement as a dumping ground of things that don’t have a home in your living space. If you had to evacuate tomorrow and you lost your home, would you be sad about anything that you lost in the basement? If you answered yes, it’s time to organize your basement!
Bedroom. We keep personal and sentimental items in our bedrooms. Most of these items are very important to us. If your bedroom is disorganized and cluttered, are those personal items mixed in with non-important items? If you answered yes, it’s time to declutter and get organized in this space!
Closets. Most people hide things in closets. Working with clients, I’ve found money, gift cards and other important items. They all forgot those things were there. If you think you’ve hidden items in closets, but haven’t gone back to look for them, it’s time to straighten out these closets!
Important files. If you have issues with paper management, you know that you have papers all over the home. Some are junk but others are important. Create a system for your important papers so that if something happens, you can grab the files and put them in a box and leave. How many of you would lose important papers because you don’t know where they are located? Would it take you hours to gather everything?
This article will make you think about what’s actually taking up space in your home. How much of it is random stuff and what is important to you? If you’re struggling to let go of items, this may help put things into perspective. Nobody wants to see people affected by natural disasters, but you should always be prepared, just in case.
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