Decluttering During a Renovation

Top Tips for Decluttering during a Renovation

Whether you are taking down walls, expanding, or changing the home in another way, decluttering before and after the reno can simplify the process and help you get more out of it in the end. These tips from our professional organizers will help you get through it with less stress and more confidence.

Only Keep What is Needed

A great way to declutter is to go through each room and pick out the belongings that you no longer use. If you are unsure whether to keep something or not, consider how long it has been since you used it, where it will go in the remodeled home, and how difficult it is to move.

The time you take to make these decisions about what to keep and part with will help you save time later (and money). After the renovation, the last thing you want to do is have a lot of stuff that isn’t needed.

Decluttering Before a Renovation

Maintain Your Focus

If you try to do it all at once, you are likely to become overwhelmed. Instead, choose a room to begin decluttering and then select an area, such as a drawer, to focus on.

Take the drawer, empty it, and pick out only the needed items. Donate, sell, or give to friends and family anything that isn’t necessary. Repeat the process around the room until it is complete.

Before and After the Reno

Clearing away the clutter before the remodel begins makes sense as then you will have less upheaval when the process begins. After the reno, the organizing continues as you unpack and decide where to best place things and what to store where.

To get the most out of your updated home, it often makes sense to add organizational systems. For example, storage units and furniture that doubles as storage are great items to include.

Tackle the Paper and Clothes

If you have piles of paper around your place, now is the time to sort it. Decide what to keep, shred, or toss. Getting rid of unnecessary paper can be a freeing feeling!

Going through your clothes is also something that you’ll want to do. If you find this hard to do, simply letting go of those items that are worn, ripped, stained, or no longer fit is a way to pare down the bedroom closet.

Hire a Professional

You don’t have to do it all alone. Our pre/post home renovation service helps you to declutter and organize with a pro at your side before and after the upgrade.

Our professional organizer customizes the process based on your needs and preferences. That ensures that your reno goals are met within the allotted time frame.

From recommending ways to pare down your belongings to how to increase the utility of the new space, our friendly organizers have effective strategies to help you. We will also suggest ways to prevent clutter from returning, and we move at a comfortable pace for you.

Call us today for a free consultation. We are happy to help you from start to finish as you remodel with decluttering and organizing so you can get the most out of the new space!

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Professional Organizing vs Home Staging

Although these two experts are useful when selling a home, home stagers and professional organizers have distinct differences. Understanding how they differ can help you to determine which one is the best for your needs.

Organizing vs. Showcasing Items

The main difference between the two involves their purpose. While an organizer declutters the living space to liberate the owner of too many possessions, a home stager rents furniture and decor to ultimately get the owner more money from the property sale.

To achieve their purpose, each expert goes about it differently. A professional organizer works with the individual to declutter and reimagine existing items, potentially giving them away or finding where to best store them at home.

On the other hand, a stager adds items to the house to improve its appearance in the eyes of a potential buyer. Furthermore, these things that the stager brings in are not typically unique to the house but could go in the interiors of numerous properties for sale.

The organizer, meanwhile, would help you determine what furniture and accessories flow well in your specific space, based on what you currently own. They will also suggest what needs packing away.

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Getting the Best of Both Worlds

Obviously, both professions have a great purpose. They are not mutually exclusive, either.

Many people work with both professional organizers and stagers to get their home on the market faster and sell it at a price they are satisfied with. Our Realtor’s Program focuses on providing real estate agents with the access to our organizing services at a discounted rate and includes a voucher for the future.

This partnership enables those who are selling their homes to get the expert help necessary for a smooth transition onto the market. Given the stress commonly involved in putting a home up for sale, the Realtor’s program provides support at the right time.

From compassionate guidance when organizing to helping sort and box, as well as coordinating pickup of donations and junk collection, our professional organizers provide a great help with a listing. We have the skill to overcome challenges and encourage new ways of looking at how to organize the home for the homeowner.

Also, after the sale, when the homeowner is ready to move, the ClutterBGone team can help another terrific way. We can pack up the home efficiently in as little as 1-3 days. This means that the homeowner won’t have to live around boxes for weeks.

Want us to help unpack and set up the new home too in an organized way? Yes, we can do that too!

Have an Easier, Better Process

Selling a house and moving is a lot for anyone. Rather than going it alone, reach out as a homeowner or realtor to ClutterBGone for an easier journey.

We have the experience and understanding to help you through the process, based on our insights and tips learned over the years. Reach out to our friendly organizing team today to find out more about how this experience can help you.

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Here’s What to Toss from Each Room in Your Home

When you want to declutter around the house, this list is the one for you! Find the common things that people hold onto that no longer serve a purpose or get used. By the way, when we say to “toss it,” we mean that you donate, give to a loved one, sell, or, if it is broken, throw away or recycle. Now, let’s go room by room.

Decluttering the Bedroom

Starting with the clothing, toss anything that is too small, old, or outdated. Also, remove any pieces that are torn if you don’t plan to mend them.

Then, go through your jewelry, following the same process. Repeat for purses, shoes, and ties.

If the room still looks clutter after this is done, look around and see if there is anything that doesn’t look like it belongs. Ideally, you only want items relating to sleeping and dressing in the bedroom.

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Over to the Kitchen

The kitchen can be tough to keep clutter-free given how much you use it, from cooking to eating and entertaining. With so many purposes, it also requires storing a lot of different items there.

When going through the cupboards, remove dishes and glassware that you don’t use. While you might keep them thinking you’ll use them one day, if you haven’t touched them in two years, then they’ve got to go.

When it comes to plastic containers, the lids without matching bottoms can go immediately. As for your dishtowels and rags, it’s time to part with the ones that are torn or stained.

The pantry needs organizing too! Toss what is outdated or donate what you don’t use that is still good. Also, if you have a small appliance you use only once a year, why not give it up for another appliance you have that gets more use and can do the same job?

Clearing the Bathroom Clutter

The bathroom easily accumulates stuff, and some of it won’t be missed when it’s removed. For example, the expired medications in the back of the cabinet that you forgot about can be tossed. Especially since using them now could be dangerous.

You might also notice that you have multiples of the same thing, such as soap and shampoo. Consider throwing away the ten excess bars of soap or changing shampoo so that everyone in the family uses the same bottle.

As for makeup, toss anything outdated, or that doesn’t suit you. Rather than feeling guilty about getting rid of expensive things you don’t use, you’re simplifying your morning routine by not having to look through dozens of products to find one to use.

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In the Family Room

This room gets a lot of use, so it’s one to go through and declutter regularly. If you have a pile of old newspapers and magazines, for example, they’re going to go, as are puzzles and games with missing pieces.

As for CDs and movies you only play every few years or don’t work, they can go too. If you are keeping them because you feel like you’re throwing away money, try selling them instead or learn from it and think twice the next time you want to make a purchase you don’t necessarily need.

Want more tips? Reach out to us today! Give us a call for the help of a professional organizer who can help you reduce clutter in a way that feels comfortable to you.

Home Organizing Tips

These are the Organizing Tips You’ll Wish You Knew Sooner

There’s a lot on your plate as a homeowner, from paying the bills to maintaining the exterior and interior. To help you keep the inside of the home looking its best, here are the organizing tips that our pros think you’ll find as valuable as they do.

Two-Year Rule

When you look at your clothes closet, do you wonder how it got to be so full? The addition of a shirt or pair of pants here and there can add up over the years, resulting in clutter. Often, people don’t see it getting that way until the closet is packed.

If this scenario sounds familiar to you, here’s a rule to apply. If you haven’t worn a clothing item for two years, let it go. That could mean gifting it to a friend, donating to a local charity, or selling it to get some extra cash. Even if you are still fond of it, you’re not wearing it, so it’s time to take it out of the closet.

Create Space in the Bathroom

Don’t worry, we don’t mean to start knocking down walls to remodel the bathroom. Instead, a more affordable and easier approach can provide better storage for even the smallest bathroom. It can start with adding holsters for your hairdryer and curling iron on the inside of the under-sink door to store them there.

For example, have you considered making use of blank wall space? Our professional organizers suggest hooks to hang towels and accessories like mirrors. Also, corner shelving units provide a way to use the space there, filling them with haircare products and other things you reach for daily.

Decluttering Tips

Reimagine Your Laundry Room

If you’ve always wanted to create a well-organized room for handling and cleaning laundry, now is the time. Keeping it organized makes laundry less of a chore and can also speed it up.

Begin by looking around for what doesn’t belong in the room, such as dog toys and kids’ gadgets (unless it’s shared space). Then, see if you can reduce the number of laundry products used by combining dryer sheets into one package, for example. If there aren’t shelves in the room, it’s a worthwhile investment to add them to store your laundry products and keep them out of reach of children and pets.

Cubby Storage

We’re excited about this one as it’s a great storage solution, even for a small home. Cubby storage units can have a range of purposes, from organizing books to cat supplies.

Being able to customize them to each room is one of the major benefits. Plus, you can rearrange them when you want, how you want, as your kids grow up and their needs change or as your decorating style shifts over time. From a baby changing table to floating box shelves, there are plenty of ways to use cubbies!

Get More Great Ideas

Organizing your home can be fun, believe it or not. When you have a vision and are willing to put in the effort and time to sort through possessions, you can get the organized home interior that you’ve wanted for years.

To make it more enjoyable, get on the right path from day one with a professional organizer. We work with your vision and provide tips like the ones above to help you get more out of your space and clear the clutter. Let’s start the next project together!

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Is Clutter Affecting Your Relationships?

A messy home interior can have a profound impact on your life in more ways than you realize. Is the clutter wreaking havoc on the relationships you value the most?

Romantic Relationships

Even if you have a tolerance for clutter and enjoy collecting things, the same might not be true for your partner. Perhaps they are a minimalist, for example, who likes everything in its place.

When one person is unhappy in the living environment, it affects the entire household. The pandemic only enhanced those differences as some people stockpiled toilet paper and other items.

This relationship issue involves respecting one another’s comfort levels and making compromises, such as keeping clutter contained in a single room. Or, work together to eliminate the excess possessions, only keeping those that are significant or useful.

Letting go of belongings can be painful for some people, given the memories attached to the items. ClutterBGone understands it’s possible to declutter with compassion.

Your Relationship with Yourself

The clutter can also be creating anxiety and stress within. That can negatively affect your emotional well-being.

For example, you might find your mind wandering while trying to do an activity at home as you look around at piles of paper or other messes. Thinking about what and how to organize things can make it hard to focus on the task at hand, which makes you less productive.

Also, having things out of place can make you feel a loss of control and incompetent. On the other hand, organizing items and decluttering can be liberating and boost self-esteem.

Work Relationships

When you look at your desk, do you see clutter? If so, you might want to clear it up to make a better impression on your boss.

A clean desk shows that you are on top of projects and able to organize effectively. That might just get you the promotion sooner rather than interfering with your career.

Clearing up clutter also clears up space mentally for you to focus on work tasks. That can help you feel more confidant and at ease when interacting with co-workers.

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Decluttering as Self-Care

When you look at the impact on your relationships that clutter can have, it becomes clear that decluttering is a form of self-care. In other words, ridding your home and workspace of excess items can be good for your health and well-being.

It can reduce anxiety, improve productivity, and reduce arguments with your spouse over messes. Overall, you can look forward to living a more satisfying life. But, sometimes, you need guidance to get there.

That’s where the ClutterBGone team comes in. A professional organizer can help you stay motivated through the process, meet goals, and move forward at a comfortable pace. Get tips based on what has worked well with clients in the past.

Together with the organizer, form a tailored plan for your lifestyle and unique home. Reach out today to start to manage clutter in a way that works for your household. Doing so can help relationships and better the home overall.

Definition of Clutter

What is the Real Definition of Clutter?

There are times in life when we all feel a bit lost and unsure where to go next. What do you do when you want a significant change but cannot determine what to do to move forward? What if you lack the motivation to try as nothing seems right? In these moments, finding the clutter can help you let go of it, which enables you to take positive steps in life.

Clutter is Physical… and Mental

The first definition of clutter that comes to mind for most people is the abundance of things in a confined space, such as the closet or another space at home or work. The disorganization and accumulation of items, some of which you likely no longer use, can feel overwhelming. That is the mental component of physical clutter.

Have you ever looked around a messy room at home and felt your thoughts becoming jumbled too? That is the mental manifestation of the clutter you see, and the disorganized thoughts can be as jarring as the physical mess.

Clutter can also be habits you hold onto that are no longer useful or appropriate in your current station of life. So, taking the time to tackle both the tangible possessions and thoughts that no longer serve you well is the way to a better version of yourself.

From Mental to Physical Clutter

It’s interesting to also look at what came first. Was it the physical abundance of items at home or the overwhelming and disorganized thoughts?

It could start with either one, depending on the situation. Perhaps you were gifted a lot of items when you moved into a new home, for example. You must find somewhere to store them but have limited space. The more you look at the clutter, the more chaotic your thoughts feel, and you may experience stress about what to with the mess. In this scenario, the physical mess can have significant effects on the mind.

Or, perhaps you felt uncertain about your career and felt security in holding onto items, even though they no longer were helpful or even working anymore. The fear you feel can manifest itself in more and more clutter, whether you realize it or not. In this case, the mental clutter leads to a disorganized home or workspace.

Getting the Support to Improve Your Quality of Life

After realizing why clutter is happening, the next step is to use it to encourage change. Believe it or not, those feelings of uncertainty are the inspiration to unclutter.

Start by making decisions that encourage you to move forward. Making one decision leads to another, and so on. The more of them that you make now, the less you must do later after you’ve removed the chaos.

To help you create a more positive environment at home, where you likely spend a lot of time, enlist the help of a friend, professional organizer, or someone else you feel comfortable with during this process. That is how to clear your physical environment and your mind to get past those stagnant moments in life.

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How Clutter Gets in the Way of Summer Fun

If you’ve been putting off decluttering, you’re not alone. Getting outdoors to enjoy the nice weather is what summertime is about, and sorting things indoors can quickly go by the wayside. But taking a bit of time to sort the clutter can improve your summer while ignoring it can become an obstacle to a season of fun. Here’s how.

Clutter Attracts Heat

Have you ever noticed that a room full of piles of things, from papers to clothing, seems warmer than an organized part of the home? The reason is that clutter attracts heat. The possessions absorb hot air and trap it, which makes for rising temperatures inside.

Coming home after a great day out to a hot house puts a damper on things, to put it mildly. To help cool down a room, take a few minutes a day to tackle the clutter. Also, consider removing rugs to make use of the bare floor’s ability to cool naturally.

Clutter Creates Anxiety

Having disarray around the home can elevate anxiety, hinder sleep, and make it hard to focus. That’s because being in a disorganized area can lead to a disorganized mind, not to mention reminding you that you’ve still got to clean up, when you’re already super busy.

You are likely to feel overwhelmed and stressed out. To help you enjoy summer more, wake up a half-hour earlier than usual a few times a week to sort papers or clear off the kitchen counter. It’s for your mental health.

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Embarrassed to Have People Over

A great part of summer is the BBQs and other outdoor gatherings. When it’s safe to do so, you’ll likely look forward to seeing loved ones in person again after the isolation of the pandemic. But if your place is disorganized, having them over might feel uncomfortable.

Being embarrassed to have people visit means that they might not get to see you much. Avoid discomfort altogether by scheduling time on your calendar to empty shelves and drawers, reducing what you keep, and donating what’s no longer useful. Within a short time, you will be proud of your organized home and look forward to visitors.

The Energy of the Space Brings You Down

If you return from summer vacation feeling uneasy in your own home, it could be that you’re missing the getaway spot. It makes sense that you want to have the same sense of relaxation at home.

Unfortunately, clutter could be weighing you down and depleting rooms of positive energy. So, now is the time to look at how your residence can support your dreams and encourage new energy to grow. That involves clearing clutter from tabletops, and everywhere else you see it. You might also rearrange the furniture and move artwork from one part of the house to another to freshen up the interior.

Stay on Top of the Tidy Space

Once it’s decluttered, the home is a place you can look forward to retreating after a fun-filled day in summer. Keep it organized by taking 10 minutes a day to sort papers or other items that quickly can pile up.

Get more valuable tips from our professional organizers today. Reach out for help with your next organizing project!

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How to Develop Your Child’s Organizational Skills

As you go around the house organizing, consider getting your kids involved in the process too. Encouraging their organizational skills around the house can help them with schoolwork in the near future, make things easier around the household, and instill good habits they take into adulthood. These tips for toddlers are ones that you can adapt to slightly older kids too.

Cleaning Up

If they spill their juice, show them how to wipe up the counter or floor. When it comes to small spills like this, your toddler will likely enjoy helping you clean it up.

When they get to the point where they can try pouring the juice themselves, there will be at least a few small spills. That’s to be expected! Show them how to clean the counter or floor with a washcloth, letting them slowly watch you do so before trying it independently.

Putting Things Where They Belong

After your toddler finishes playing with their toys, do they put them away? If you do it for them, start to include them in the process to help them begin organizing.

Create a basket each for different toys, such as one for wooden blocks and another one for crayons. When each bin holds only one type, it’s easier for your little one to distinguish where it goes.

Keep the bins at a low level that your child can reach. If they forget to put toys back at the end of the day, gently remind them. Help them do so and show them how much better the room looks once it’s clean to motivate them to do so again tomorrow.

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Turning Off Lights

Energy use is not something you might think your toddler needs to know about yet but turning off lights when not in use is a good habit to begin at a young age. When they realize that being energy efficient is good for the future of the planet, they will want to do their part too.

Consider letting them turn on and off the light switch in a particular room, such as their bedroom or bathroom. Make it fun and easy for them to remember to do so by creating a fun song for them to sing as they turn off the light when entering the room and turn it off when leaving.

Getting Them Involved without Nagging

If you’re unsure how to make organizing fun for the youngster, here are a few pointers. It starts with using a positive tone of voice.

Even if you get frustrated, try to keep that encouraging, uplifting way of speaking. If needed, leave the room for a minute, or take a long sip of coffee before trying again to get your toddler involved in small organizing tasks.

Rather than nagging, be clear as to what you want them to do. For example, “please put your stuffed animals into the bin” (rather than “pick up after yourself”).

Do you want more tips on organizing around the home? Are you tired of trying to clear away the clutter all by yourself? Our professional organizers are here to help. Reach out today to talk about how we can help you achieve what you need at home.

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3 Signs Downsizing Your Home is the Right Decision

The decision to downsize involves contemplating living with less and having a smaller space for easier upkeep. When it comes to what to do, you are surely looking for signs to tell you one way or the other. To help you make the decision that is a good fit for you, look for at least one of the scenarios below.

1.      A Strong Desire to Simplify Life

Do you feel drawn to a simpler lifestyle? Letting go of excess belongings when you downsize is a way to reach that goal.

Owning less, ironically, can give you so much more in life. As you won’t have clutter around you, there are fewer distractions. Plus, there isn’t the stress of where to put things anymore after you downsize as you now have only those things you use, which are easier to find a place to store in the home.

2.      Paying off Your Mortgage is a Priority

Moving to a smaller home than the current one usually means getting a smaller mortgage too. That means there is a lower amount to pay off before owning the residence outright. If that’s important to you, then downsizing is something to consider seriously.

Not only that but with a smaller residence generally comes lower bills each month. Having less to pay each month gives you more money to do the things that bring you pleasure.

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3.      You want to Be Closer to Family

Perhaps your current residence is far from your loved ones. While it might not have started that way when you first moved in, the distance is now becoming a hindrance from seeing those who you care about the most.

If you want to see those you cherish more than once a year for Christmas, you might think about downsizing to a home in a more suitable location. You could then see your kids and grandchildren more often.

Other Signs to Look For

You might also be tempted to downsize if you are falling behind on maintenance. Maybe you feel overwhelmed by the upkeep of the current place, from cleaning to decluttering.

Or, it could be that there is more space than you use so that you can move somewhere with less square footage. Perhaps there is an unused bedroom or bathroom.

When You Decide to Downsize

When it comes time to downsize your home, you’ll know because of the signs you see favouring this decision. At this point, you might feel the process of moving and deciding what to keep or let go of is stressful.

To help make your journey a smoother one, our professional organizers can help before and after the move, from helping you pack to determining the best layout for furniture in your new residence, based on your lifestyle. Rather than doing things without your approval, we support you to ease the pressure and provide a clutter-free residence for you.

Find out more about how we can help you by calling us today. We look forward to helping you begin the next stage in a smaller home that is organized how you want it to be!

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Avoid This Common Mistake When Decluttering Your Home

You’re ready to tackle the chaos around you and get to it, feeling full of gusto. That’s terrific! But beware of this mistake that our professional organizers often encounter when meeting new clients and returning to homes several months after completing a project.

What Exactly is the Mistake?

We won’t keep you in suspense any longer. The misstep that many people make is assuming that once the decluttering is done, there’s nothing more to do.

While that would be wonderful, in theory, it’s not realistic. Life gets busy, and clutter can slowly creep back into rooms without even realizing it at first.

Also, if you have set up a new organizational system in the home, you must keep it up. It won’t magically happen for you, unfortunately.

All of this leads us to the following words of wisdom: Regular upkeep is necessary after decluttering inside. To help you get the lasting results that you want requires effort, yes, but the following pointers will help you do so effectively:

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Take a Moment to Celebrate the Win

Firstly, acknowledge what you just completed. The decluttering project likely got put to the side many times before. Now you saw it through – And your place looks amazing for it!

Whether you celebrate the decluttering victory by meeting a friend for coffee or giving yourself a well-deserved pat on the back is up to you. The main thing here is to soak in the accomplishment because you deserve it.

Be Aware of What Comes into the Home

Recognize that you cannot control what every family member brings inside the house. They might get a great deal on a kitchen appliance, but that sale item is now taking up valuable space in the kitchen.

Thus, it’s important to regularly look around your living space to assess what you still use and what is collecting dust on shelves or in boxes. If it is not being used, could it be donated or sold instead?

Get Your Game Plan

You might also create a strategy for preventing clutter moving forward. For example, when you want to buy something new, ask yourself first why you decluttered to begin with.

Reflecting on your original purpose can help you be more selective about what you bring into the home. For instance, if reducing clutter was important so that you could have a more peaceful living environment, then think about whether bringing this new purchase into the house will take away from that.

Maintaining an Organized Home

Finally, recognize that simply taking 15 minutes a day can go a long way toward maintaining a clean residence. Perhaps you focus on one room a day, tidying up, or you pick one task, such as vacuuming, and do it across the whole house.

By dividing tasks throughout the week, rather than devoting an entire day to them, you can stay on top of the organization. That’s the key to maintaining an orderly home.

Lastly, have a family meeting to clarify who has which responsibilities around the house. Divide up the chores and enjoy the clutter-free place!