Today there is so much uncertainty in our lives, it is easy to feel that things are getting out of control. It puts a strain on our economies, our relationships and our mental health. Take a step back and take care of something you CAN control. We’re talking about getting a little organized in your life. It does not have to be a big company to get a great sense of relief. Look at this list of ideas to help you regain some control.
1. What is broken must now go!
Okay, this is probably hard to stomach. We understand. We are DIY workers and we are always looking for ways to reuse old things, you know, like turning a saved window from your kitchen building into a cold frame, a broken lamp in a pendant light or fixing up an old van to a Home. Where would this world be without your creativity and ingenuity? Probably buried under piles of wasted material that could otherwise have been turned into something useful. For this we thank you!
But it’s really time to evaluate your list of current projects. If that list contains things you do not anticipate starting until next summer, AND if it takes up so much space in the garage or basement that you start stacking newer projects on top of it – say goodbye. However, you do not need to litter it. Websites like next door or craigslist let you post for free so you can offer them up to the people in your area. Why not make a few bucks on the things that would otherwise have gone in the trash?
2. Jettison the Junk Drawer
Again, another hard to grasp. Okay, so if it’s too much to even think about, how is it just to clean it up a bit, because we know it’s gotten so bad you either can not close it all the way, otherwise it can not be opened completely because something inside has got stuck in place.
Reclaim that box by throwing away the old take-out napkins, soy sauce and chile flakes packs, plastic forks, rubber bands and strings, bar pads, pencils – you get the picture. Imagine an empty slate – a spare box for something other than spare parts!
But do not fear! These accessories do not have to be wasted. Collect them for storage in your emergency stop. You’re ready for an emergency, right?
3. A new home for hotel toiletries
We love to travel, and who knows when we might come back to it. Meanwhile, the sweet bottles of hotel soaps, shampoos and lotions that you wrapped are just teasing you with memories from vacations to new places. If you actually use them, cool. If you have amassed a collection that threatens to spill on the toilet, you may want to consider donating it to places that may value them as homeless shelters or places that provide for those in need.
4. Clear horizontal spaces
Why is it so difficult to keep the horizontal space free from clutter? Coffee table, desk, bedroom bedside table, if it is a horizontal space it is a magnet for clutter. They become catchalls for all things. Mail. Newspapers. Receipts. Spare replacement. Books. Flyers. We hate horizontal space. Oh, but hatred is such a strong word, and our mothers would not approve of it. Rather – we APPLY to them.
There is a lot to work on horizontal spaces and even more to prevent them from getting messy in the first place, so we suggest you start small. Start with the smallest horizontal space you can handle without getting annoyed or upset. Remove it and put the parts in the right place, e.g. receipts in tax files, newspapers in recycling, replacement of reserves in your wallet. We will not even suggest that you stop putting things there because it is a completely different mental ball game that we are not authorized to deal with. Instead, find joy in achieving this goal, and if you are inspired to clear away another horizontal space, go for it!
5. Clothes that do not fit
If the space is higher, it should be high on your list. If space is not an issue, at least store them so they are not front and center. It’s hard enough to get up in the morning and have to choose an outfit. If you stick to certain parts for sentimental reasons, we understand. Store them properly to keep them in good condition so you can look back when nostalgia strikes.
6. Things that do not belong to you
You may have borrowed a sweater from a friend. Collected a collection of dishes and Tupperware from potlucks in your house. Sunglasses from the pool party. If you know who they belong to, remind them that you have them or take them back the next time you visit. If it has been in your house for several years, the law of “Finders-Keepers” may be on your side. Use it if it’s something you like. Otherwise throw it away.
Expired or uncooked food
We hate wasting food. (And yes, this is a place where the word “hate” is justified.) Wasted food is wasted money. Unfortunately, it happens. Trying new things makes you adventurous, but when it comes to food, sometimes, it just does not work. Unopened jars and boxes of non-perishable items can be donated to a food pantry. If you do not plan to return to the vegetarian sausages in the fridge, it is best to just get rid of it.
No one knows when we will return to a sense of normalcy, but at least there are some things you can do to give yourself some control and satisfaction in your current situation.