Organize and DeClutter: Make 2017 the Year of Less Stuff and Less Stress!

. January 3, 2017.

The holidays are over and many of us find ourselves with more stuff…from toys to clothes to housewares. How can we make room for all of these new gifts?

We can only wear so many clothes and kids get overwhelmed with too many toys. We should trade out every new item we bring in at Christmas with an item we no longer use or like. Once you get rolling, you might be surprised by how easy it is to keep going. If an item is stuffed in the back of a closet or cupboard, it probably hasn’t been used in years.

What are a few good rules of thumb to follow when deciding what to keep and what to toss?

Start with a small area where the items won’t be as hard to part with. Then work for a short period of time. You will need 3 boxes: trash, sell and donate. It’s a good idea to remove all of the items from the closet or drawers. As you get ready to put them back, pick each item up and ask yourself these three questions:

Does it work?
Do you use it?
Do you love it?

What are some habits people can start now so that they feel less frazzled and stressed throughout the year?

Having a place for everything helps immensely. The more times we pick up and move an item from place to place, the more stress it creates. Going through closets and cupboards to eliminate duplicates or unused items is a great way to start the year. Lastly, a calendar of family events cuts down on missed events or
forgotten projects.

How do we instill a “less is more” strategy in our kids?

Kids usually have more toys than they know what to do with. Living a more simple life is less stressful. After going through the toys and getting rid of what you want, rotate the toys. When there are fewer toys out, you can see what they truly enjoy. This is a great time to instill in kids the act of giving by donating the toys they don’t play with anymore to others who are less fortunate.

What resources do you recommend for our readers who want to get started on decluttering and organizing?

The Life-Changing Magic of Tidying Up by Marie Kondo, The Complete Book of Home Organization by Toni Hammersley, and really, just getting on Pinterest is usually a favorite!

Sherri Frantz is a Professional Organizer serving Hancock County and Findlay, Ohio.
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