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Decluttering Hacks for Downsizing Your Home

Decluttering a home because you are downsizing can be an anxious feeling. You are probably feeling like you will need to make some hard choices with what stays and what comes with you. The key to decluttering when downsizing is to get rid of things in your life that you don’t need, while keeping what you need. It sounds simple enough, right?

However, when it gets down to reviewing specific items, you may feel like you are overwhelmed with how many choices you have to make. We’re going to make the whole process easier for you by giving you some neat decluttering hacks for when you have to downsize your home.

Follow the 1 Year Rule

You are naturally going to try and hang onto things that, practically-speaking, you should just get rid of. We are talking about sentimental things and items that you feel may be used some day. However, if you haven’t used something within the past year, you probably won’t be using it in the coming year either. If you probably won’t use it the coming year, you probably will never use it at all. Let this time of downsizing finally be the time when you part with things that you aren’t using.

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Take Photos of Sentimental Items

Some things are truly sentimental with memories that you simply find unbearable to part with. Not to worry! There’s a solution for that, which is to take photos of them. This is especially useful for unique and bulky things that will take up too much space in a downsized home. Memories last a lifetime, but having pictures of your sentimental items can help those memories stay fresh. Besides, you can have as many photos as you want, since digital photos take up no physical space.

Now that you know some decluttering hacks, the whole process of decluttering while downsizing should be easier for you. If you are still feeling overwhelmed with the whole process, that’s alright! ClutterBGone can help you with the entire process, so you can focus on other aspects of your move. Downsizing your home can be stressful enough, so make it easier on yourself and have a helping hand from professionals who know how to make the decluttering process a smooth one.

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How to Get Your Computer Organized Before the New Year

‘The way we do one thing, is the way we do everything.’ Iyanla Vanzant

Homes, offices, garages – these aren’t the only areas of our lives that need a little organization once-in-a-while. The end of the year is a great time to also declutter your computer. Getting your computer organized can help get your New Year off to a fresh, clean start. Here are some suggestions on how to do just that.

Back Up

Backing up files can save you a lot of headaches and potential loss of data should any files get accidentally deleted. You can back up your data to your computers’ hard drive, an external hard drive, or the cloud – these are just some examples. TechTarget provides an in-depth explanation on the different types of back ups and which might suit your needs best.

Organize Your Documents

Many of us tend to file documents on our desktop when in a hurry or unsure of where to file an item. I wasn’t aware of this until recently, but filed documents on the desktop slow down your computer’s speed and performance drastically. Files on the desktop are also not as protected if something were to go wrong with your computer. Avoid slower computer performance and losing your files by simply creating file folders in your Documents area, or in the cloud with Google Drive or Dropbox.

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Declutter Your Inbox

I have yet to meet someone who enjoys cleaning out their email inbox. De-cluttering an inbox can feel overwhelming and thus, we avoid the task and our inboxes feel full and unorganized quickly. Take the time to create folders on your email server and file emails if you’re hesitant to delete.

If you’ve got a ton of emails from which you’ve subscribed to receiving, you can use the feature we’ve mentioned before, unroll.me. This program scans a list of all of your subscriptions. From there, you can decide which to continue receiving and which to unsubscribe from.

Uninstall Programs

Another way to get your computer organized is to uninstall programs we no longer need or use. Take a look through all the installed programs on your computer by selecting your computer’s Control Panel, Programs, Uninstall Programs. Uninstalling some unnecessary programs may free up disk space and make your computer run a little quicker too.

Clean Up Duplicate Files

Just like it’s unnecessary to have more than one of the same item at home, it’s also unnecessary to have more than one of the same file. Duplicate files can be those files you saved twice to different locations or multiple downloads of the same file. There are third party apps that will scan for duplicates. Techspot has listed a few to review.

It’s easy to accumulate clutter on our computers with unorganized files and programs. Taking the time this season to de-clutter your computers will save you time and ensure a more stress-free and productive year ahead.

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Who Would Hire a Professional Organizer?

When it comes to organizing your home or space, it can be hard and overwhelming for anyone to know where to begin. How do you make your space work for you and your family? Many every day stresses get in the way of making your home-organizing a priority, and so the overwhelm continues.

Professional Organizers do more than just organize your spaces and put items into labelled bins for you. They are trained specialists who help people create order where it is lacking in their lives. They can help you make long-term improvements and keep disorder at bay.

Here are just a few reasons why someone might hire a Professional Organizer, and some various ways in which they can help.

When Time Is Lacking

You know that a well-organized environment is important for your overall well-being, but you’re stretched much too thin. Whether it be with driving your kids to sports events or your work schedule – hiring a professional organizer might just be the solution for you. Maybe you commute to work and by the time you get home, there’s just little time to do the things that warrant your attention such as making dinner and helping the kids with their homework. You don’t want to be spending those few hours at home with your family organizing your home.

Work From Home Office

You work from a home office, putting in long hours and the last thing you want to do at the end of your day is organize your paperwork and files. Hiring a professional organizer can take a mound of stress off your shoulders and tackle the office organizing for you.

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You Don’t Know Where To Start

Decluttering and organizing is one of the most challenging and time-consuming things a homeowner has to do from time to time. If you feel you need to declutter and you have no idea where to begin, a quick consultation with a professional organizer may help a lot. The organizer will provide ideas and processes that will kick start your decluttering journey. And, of course they are also available to take on the task of decluttering and organizing for you all together if you find you just want to have someone else manage it for you.

New Baby On The Way

It goes unnoticed sometimes just how much time, effort and not to mention expense goes into planning for a new baby’s arrival. Oftentimes people over-spend on items they may never need, causing overwhelm and clutter in an area that requires peace and tranquility. A professional organizer can suggest items for the baby’s room, layouts that work and are functional and even help set up the room to ensure a peaceful transition for everyone involved, including the baby!

As we mentioned above, Professional Organizers do so much more than just put your items into categorized piles. We all lead very busy lives – we need to give ourselves a space that we can come home to and feel a little less stressed, and a whole lot more relaxed. We have professionals help us with so many other areas of our lives like our taxes, tutors for our kids, barbers… why not consider the help of a professional organizer to help you get your home organized. Contact ClutterBGone for a no-obligation, complimentary consultation.

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How To Help Our Seniors With Downsizing

People have different responses to getting old but one thing we can be sure of is that ageing is inevitable. When people get to the age where they are regarded as senior citizens, one of the problems they face is moving and downsizing and making difficult choices of what to keep and what to let go. This period is usually very emotional for some, however can be something to look forward to and become excited about.

Here are a few steps to consider when helping a senior downsize.

Consider Their New Home

Downsizing usually involves moving into a smaller and more manageable environment and the new space is the first thing that must be considered. Ideally, it is not a process that should be rushed. You have to check out their your new home’s space – the floor plan, the kind of environment and community that is being entered into.  Is your senior downsizing into a nursing home or assisted living facility? Are they moving in with friends or family, a retirement community, or are they buying or renting a smaller house or condo?

The Seniors Guide To Downsizing

Take An Inventory Of Their Current Home

The next step usually involves taking an inventory of items in different parts of their current home. It is advisable to start from the part of the house with the biggest items or the area of the house that has the most stuff.

While doing this, you will be able to identify different categories that items might fall under e.g. Regularly used objects, sparsely used objects and high-value objects. Every room in their house must be checked so you don’t miss anything important – ensuring everything is well-organized when moving and they don’t end up with items they don’t need in their new space.

Do They Need It?

De-cluttering is a very important step in the downsizing of your seniors. You have to ask yourself certain questions as you pack-up and box items like:

  • Do they need this item? Is it used regularly?
  • Will the item fit into their new space easily?
  • Is the item of high-value financially?
  • Do they have multiple versions of the item?
  • Does the item limit their mobility or accessibility in their new space?
  • Do they love it?

Answers to such questions are usually difficult but very necessary when planning their move.

Find Innovative Ways To Take Care Of Disposed Items

You’ve sat with your senior and have decided what belongings will make the move and which ones won’t. When disposing of the items that won’t be moved with them,  you need to decide what to do with them. You can have the items donated to charity or given to friends or family members that may find the items valuable. Another option is to have an auction or sale especially when some of the items are still valuable and would be able to generate some needed income. When downsizing, it is important to always get rid of old and harmful items that can’t be repaired no matter how much sentimental value they carry – you don’t want to keep harmful objects in their new environment as your senior approaches their golden years.

As we mentioned above, this process can be emotionally draining for some so it best be done with the help of loved ones, family or friends. However, if it gets too difficult, you can always consult with us. We love assisting our seniors!

Organizing Tips For Kids With Special Needs

Organizing Tips For Kids With Special Needs

Special needs kids and their families often come to terms with various struggles when it comes to getting more organized in all aspects of their lives. Organization in this type of scenario might require a different approach. We hope to provide some organizing tips for kids with special needs and their families.

Clear The Clutter

It is a known fact that clean, organized, and clutter-free homes are much better for people’s mental health and emotional stability. This is particularly true when it comes to special needs families. Keeping a clean and decluttered environment can be essential for the care of kids (and any other person) with special needs. This is especially important if you need specialized equipment for the care of your child with special needs, such as wheelchairs or other features. Give everything a home, don’t bring in any excess clutter and train your kids to put things away after their use.

Develop Systems!

When caring for children with special needs, it is important to adopt systems that would facilitate access and tracking of important Organizing Tips For Kids With Special Needsresources and items – anything from accessories, to medication and documents. Some parents like to color-code folders, boxes, and other storage solutions, as a way to be able to identify what they need easily and seamlessly. This is not purely a matter of keeping a space organized, but it is also about maximizing the efficiency of everyday living, leading to a much better and consistent quality of care.

Mind Your Schedule

Keeping up with yours and your child’s schedules can be extremely important when you are taking care of children with special needs. Today, technology makes it a lot easier to save and edit calendar data and manage your busy schedule. From doctor appointments and regular check-ups to daily routine commitments, it is vital to keep up with every aspect of the care-taking process. Here are some apps that you may find helpful –

Astrid – There are lots of list-making and to-do apps out there, but Astrid gets high marks from reviewers for its clean interface and ability to share lists with someone (like your spouse) to collaborate. It also allows voice entries so you can speak an item into the phone while walking down the sidewalk.

Grocery IQ – Allows you to make and access your shopping list from your phone and even keep lists for different stores. Add favorite/every week items with just a tap or two, coordinate your coupons to maximize savings, and sync your list between multiple devices.

Develop Routine Habits

Routine habits can be extremely beneficial to the lifestyle and wellness of children with special needs. Make sure that you take the time to organize some viable daily activities, even when it means starting from the very basics, such as getting up at a specific time, or eating meals at a given time consistently throughout the week. Having a routine can be absolutely wonderful for the stability of your kids, and for their overall health. This is an aspect that’s often overlooked, albeit it can be extremely important. If you’re finding it overwhelming and would like a little extra support bringing order to your home – please reach out. We’re here to help.

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Fall Organizing Tips – Where Do I Start?

Fall seems to be the season for fresh starts. The crisp and cool mornings and the new school clothes get you in the mood for organizing this time of year. You feel the urge to get yourselves and your home in great shape. But you may be asking yourself – where do I begin?  If this sounds like you, the following Fall organizing tips may help you get started with your organizing:

Fall Organizing Tip 1: Simplify morning routines

If your Fall mornings tend to feel a bit busied and chaotic, try simplifying your routines. Ensure that the everyday essentials required by your kids in the morning are easily accessible such as back packs, sports gear etc – perhaps at the door so they can see it and grab it on the way out. With regards to the dreaded lunch making – try setting up bins in your refrigerator that the kids can pick items from and assemble their own lunches.

The most common problem between you and an organized home is simply just a lack of routine. Have a look at your current daily routine and try to establish new ways of planning out how to maximize your time. Get your kids involved too – they’ll love it. Having an organized morning routine will leave everyone feeling less stressed and ready for the day.

Fall Organizing Tip 2: Do you wear it?

A simple technique to organize any closet is to get rid of the clothes you don’t wear at the end of each season. Try looking at your closet with a fresh set of eyes. Clear out your unworn shorts and sundresses at the end of summer so that you have less clothing to store and fewer accessories to deal with. Put the clothes that you wish to keep in a labelled bin ready for easy access for the next appropriate season. If you find items in your closet that you won’t wear again – ever – then it could be time to take a trip to Goodwill or – ClutterBgone is a proud supporter of the Canadian Centre for Abuse Awareness. They will happily take your gently used items and put them to good use.

Fall Organizing Tip 3:  Organize the kitchen

I don’t know about you, but I tend to slack off in the ‘home cooking’ department during the summer months. Everyone is so busy running here and there so quick meals tend to be our go-to. When the Fall rolls around however, I love an organized kitchen. When my kitchen is clean and well-organized, I feel I can tend better to the needs of my family by cooking healthy meals, turning on the crock pot and locating my apple peeler. Ensure that your kitchen drawers are ‘junk-free’ and that the utensils you use often are easily accessible. Consider purchasing small bins (dollar store) for your food pantry and labeling them for such things as your cereal, pasta, kids snack crackers etc. It gives a neat and organized feel.

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Try one or two areas at a time. Don’t get overwhelmed by trying to organize every area of the house in one weekend. Grab a nice pumpkin latte (if that’s your thing) and enjoy the crisp cool breezes of Fall. Remember, we are always here for you. Should you need some extra guidance or support, we are just a phone call away and would love to assist you in your organizing needs this season.

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Organize For Back To School

Organization is key if you want to avoid stressful back to school mornings. The summer holiday is over and the fun is coming to an end. The time creeps up on most parents and we leave the planning until the last minute – leaving room for stress.  You end up looking for unorganized school items for hours. We want to provide you with some tips on how to organize for back to school to help make it as smooth of a transition as possible.

Create a checklist 

Before the day sneaks up on you, make it a point to create a checklist of all the things the kids need prior to going back to school.  Are their supplies in order? Do they need new supplies? Have they outgrown their clothes over the summer break? Where are their school bags? Do they need new indoor shoes? Create a checklist and tick whenever you have something ready.

Adjust your clock

This might sound simple or silly but it’s very effective and makes such a difference. Set all the clocks in the house ten minutes ahead. The most common mistake families make in the morning is underestimating the time it takes to do something. For example, they may think it will take 10 minutes to get ready while in reality, it will take 20.

Organize kids’ closets

If you don’t organize your kid’s clothing well, they will likely head out the door wearing their Sunday best clothes without any worry – or worse – the joggers with the holes in them.  You could try picking out their clothes every weekend and placing them on five hooks in the closet, one for every day of the week.

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Organize paperwork

If the kids came home with paper piles to be signed as well as permission slips, be sure to sign them before they go back to school. Back to school means back to sports, field trips and other school programs and you don’t want your kids to miss any or tell you the day before the trip.

When parents are faced with the back to school rush, they feel like there is no time to organize. Professional organizers advise you to take things slowly. If you are overwhelmed, you can always get a professional organizer to guide you on how to avoid all the stress and rush that comes with going back to school – and all throughout the school year too!

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Decluttering Guide For Beginners

Tired of your cluttered home and dreaming of starting afresh? We hope this decluttering guide for beginners will allow you to enjoy your home in style!

Start With Storage Spaces

Before you start decluttering rooms you need to make space in your storage areas. This can include the garage, basement, attic, cupboards, closets, wardrobes, and anywhere else you have things hiding away! This is an easy place to start clearing out possessions that are just gathering dust in storage. On top of this, you’ll need to have fresh space to start storing and re-organizing your home. Trust us, you’ll appreciate the extra space once you start decluttering!

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Make Piles

Decluttering can be an overwhelming process and unless you have a professional organizer at your side, it can be tiring work. On top of this, decluttering can also be emotional too. It’s difficult to say goodbye to our possessions. For many of us, there will be things we want to keep; some we want to clear away, and then a lot that will be in-between. Do you want to keep it or not? This is where the pile method comes in! Start a pile for the things you are keeping and then another for the items that you’re not sure of. This is the “maybe” pile and you can come back to this later. You don’t need to make the hard decisions all at once. For the things, you’re definitely getting rid of have bags ready to store them in.

Be Prepared

Before you start decluttering you need to be prepared. We recommend purchasing extra strength garbage-bags and some cleaning products. Also, make sure you have a selection of storage boxes, and paper and pen to jot down notes. By starting prepared and ready to go the decluttering process will be more seamless and simple.

Many Hands Make Light Work

Decluttering may seem like a simple job, but once you get started it’s easy to get snowed under the sheer amount of things to do! If possible, ask some friends or family to come over and help with your de-cluttering. You can even make it fun and offer some pizza and drinks afterward! This is a great way to make the process more fun, simple, and quick.

Donate To Charity

After you have finished decluttering donate your unwanted possessions to charity. However, make sure you get in touch with local charities first to see if they accept donations. You may need to do a few trips to get rid everything. Keep in mind that you should only donate items that are in good shape, anything beyond use should be disposed of beforehand.

When you’re decluttering make sure you take your time. It’s important to go at your own pace and keep motivated. After you’ve finished, sit back, relax, and enjoy your brand new space! If you need a little extra support, we here at ClutterBGone are here for you! Contact us today for a consultation.

How to Begin Decluttering When Feeling Overwhelmed

How to Begin Decluttering When Feeling Overwhelmed

The clutter that accumulates in our homes can easily get out of hand leaving us to feel defeated,
distressed and overwhelmed. Clutter adds to our daily stressors and is an external expression
of our internal state of mind. When we are already struggling; becoming motivated to declutter is
a daunting task but it is one that will help you to feel calmer and more in control of your life.

Make decluttering easy on yourself with these easy steps.

Starting Small

Planning to declutter does not mean that it has to be done in one hour or one day. Set yourself
up for success by setting 15 minutes of decluttering activity. When the time is up, stop and
move on to another activity. 15 minutes of decluttering daily will give you the results you want How to Begin Decluttering When Feeling Overwhelmed
without feeling overwhelmed.

Plan

Make a plan; is there one room that needs really, really needs to be decluttered? Consider
starting there and the other spaces will follow. Block time in your calendar for this activity.

Enlist Support

Calling on a friend or family member for help is a great idea. They can help us stay on track,
they make the process much more fun. As friends and family have less sentimental attachment
to our stuff they can also help to provide perspective on whether or not an item really needs to
be kept, donated or tossed. A professional organizer is also worth considering as they have
many tips and tricks to make decluttering easier and efficient.

Distract Yourself

Not from the clutter but from the task. Listen to uplifting music, podcasts or audiobooks while
you work on the area you want to declutter. You may find that this is helpful and allows you to
accomplish so much more than you had originally intended.

Celebrate Success

Consider setting a date for a party or get together to celebrate your new decluttered space.
Not only does this give you something to look forward to it can also motivate you to stick to your
plan and accomplish the mission.

You will feel so much better when your home is a place of peace and comfort, a true escape
and safehaven from the chaotic world around all of us.

Remember, we here at ClutterBGone make it our mission to help alleviate the stresses that clutter can create. Call us for a consultation to see if hiring a professional organizer is right for you!

Your Step by Step DeCluttering Guide

Living in a cluttered environment can prove to be very stressful and pave the way to a whole host of other issues as well. Chaotic working and living environments have often been linked with anxiety, stress, depression, and other mental health problems. In addition to that, a space that is not clean and tidy could undermine productivity and prevent you from performing at your best.

Here we will provide some tips on how you can prevent the aforementioned issues, as well as keeping your home or workspace decluttered and inviting, with this step by step decluttering guide!

Cleaning and Rearranging

People often think that their spaces are cluttered because they have too many things. At times, however, this Your Step by Step Decluttering Guideisn’t the case. In most cases, a cluttered space is that way only because you might not have found the right way to flatter your area with the way it’s set up and organized. Some organization experts have saved people thousands of dollars, and even saved them from having to get rid of some of their stuff, by simply helping them rearrange their spaces in a more suitable way. Sometimes, keeping a space clutter-free could really be all about redefining its layout and organization.

Removing Unwanted or Unnecessary Items

If all else fails, and you find it hard to organize your space due to the sheer amount of the things that you own, you should consider getting rid of some of your belongings (downsizing or decluttering). This could be quite a complex task for some people. Many of us struggle to see things we care about gone. Others always think that they might need something later on in life, so they don’t want to get rid of those things, just in case they might end up finding a use for them later on. Whatever the reason that keeps you from getting rid of your stuff, you should take a deeper look at yourself, and your things. Although you might feel like you’re giving up on something by throwing things out, you might stand to gain much more than you could possibly imagine, particularly in terms of peace of Your Step by Step Decluttering Guidemind.

Adopting healthier habits

Getting your space clean and organized is only half the battle. The other half? Keeping it that way! It’s quite easy to slip into your old habits if you are not careful. In order to prevent such issues, be sure to embrace a steady routine, and be mindful about keeping your space clean and organized on a regular basis. This way, daily maintenance will only take a few minutes of your time every day, and you won’t run into the same debilitating space issues again. 

Decluttering your space doesn’t have to feel stressful. If at anytime you’re in the midst of your decluttering process and need a little more guidance and support, we’re here for you! We here at ClutterBGone love supporting others in this journey!