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3 Steps to Clearing the Paper Clutter!
Is paper clutter taking over your house? Between the paper you already have floating around and the deluge of incoming mail that seems to grow every day, it may seem like a losing battle, but it’s not! Below are a few tips on how you can clear the paper clutter once and for all!
Deal With The Mail Daily – You will make an immediate difference in the amount of paper clutter that enters your home if you sort your mail immediately upon collecting it from the mailbox. Toss any and all junk mail before setting the stack down.
Create a Drop System – Even if you deal with mail on a daily basis, you still need a system for taking action on the items you keep. For instance, I have a “drop” system at my home. My drop system is simply two cubby holes that house my bills and other action items, as well as, those of my husband. We designate one day of the week to clear the cubby and take action on each item (file, pay, toss, mail, etc.).
Make Sure Everyone is Involved – Figure out a system for the rest of your family, too. For instance, children bring tons of paperwork home from school. Make it a habit to sort through and take action on each item every day! File or display artwork, sign permission slips and replace in bag, toss or shred any unneeded worksheets, etc.
In the end, the only way to get rid of the paper clutter is to change your habits! You must make each of the steps above a daily and weekly habit to see results.
Shop Without Regret
If you are like most women, I bet there are a few items in your closet that you regret buying. To combat that issue in the future ask yourself the following questions before making any purchase:
1. Will I get more than a couple of wears out of this item?
2. Will it work for more than one season?
3. Are there at least three items already in my closet that I can mix and match this item with?
4. Do I already own something similar?
5. Will it still fit if my weight fluctuates a few pounds?
If you answered yes to ALL of these questions, the item is a keeper! Buy it and mix and match until your heart’s content.
What Not to Wear?
In the fashion world, there are SO many choices that the lines can become a bit blurred regarding what would look good on your body type and what wouldn’t. Luckily, my years of experience as a fashion and image consultant have taught me what to stay away from to ensure you will always look your best. I would love to share those with you now.
Please keep in mind, though, that I am in no way saying that you should never or can never wear any of the items below! I am merely saying that these items are a bit harder for some body types to wear and that you should pay close attention when trying the them on. If you are ever unsure, it’s better to steer clear. Below are my tips:
1. Tops with wide sleeves – Unless you find the perfect fit for your arm length, which is rare when you are buying off the rack, your whole silhouette can be thrown off. The best bet is to find an awesome tailor or steer clear of wide sleeves altogether.
2. Tops with cap sleeves – Cap sleeves are especially hard to wear for those who have a bit of weight in their arms because they call attention to the widest part of your arms. If you are already self-conscious about your arms, a cap sleeve may not be for you.
3. Chunky knit sweaters – In my opinion, chunky knits are hard for most body types. It take some shopping to find THE perfect one for almost everyone. An ill-fitting chunky knit sweater tends to pull a thin person’s silhouette down, while it can bulk a heavier person’s silhouette up.
4. Neon colors near your face - Neon colors are very hard to pull off for a lot of skin tones since the tone is so bright. In my experience, darker skin looks best in most of the neon tones. If you love neons, go for pops of the trend instead of all over color. Or, at the very least, wear jewelry in a metal that is perfect for your skin tone.
All in all, your best bet is to try each of the above pieces on, in front of a full length mirror, before deciding to purchase them. If you are ever unsure…skip it. There are plenty of other items that are perfect for you!
Organizing on a Budget!
You already have the perfect organizing products in your home right now! There is no need in purchasing those expensive products, unless you just want to!
Instead of – Keep Shape purse inserts (starting at $11)
USE – A ziploc bag stuffed with newspaper, tissue paper, or packing material!
Instead of – Boot shapers (starting at $6.99)
USE – Empty water bottles!
Instead of – A plastic bag holder (starting at $9.99)
USE – An empty tissue box!
Instead of – Real Simple drawer dividers (starting at $14.99)
USE – Empty boxes, such as shoe and jewelry boxes.
Instead of – Pencil/pen organizer
USE – A mason jar or pretty cup!
Do you have any new uses for everyday items that you could share? Please leave them in the comments!
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My Favorite Way to Organize…
Every time I take on an organizing project for a client, I learn something new. Sometimes a light bulb (pun intended, see below) will go off in my head and I will have found the perfect way to organize a certain item. Or the layout of a kitchen, for instance, will spur a whole new set of inspiration for me. All in all, though, there are a few items that I consistently organize the same way…because it just makes sense and it works! Why change what works? :) Below are my favorite ways to organize…
Lightbulbs – Keep bulbs in labeled, see-through bins! It is so much easier to see what you have and what you need to add to your shopping list. These bins are easily stackable, so you won’t be able to neglect the vertical space in your cabinets or closets.
Pet Toys – Pet lovers tend to collect toys for their furry friend like they do for their two-legged children, so why not keep them accessible! I love storing dog and/or cat toys in a wicker basket that is easy for your dog or cat to choose a toy from.
Jewelry - Display your jewelry as if it was in a boutique! Not only does it look better, it makes getting dressed so much more fun!
Snacks – Take all individually wrapped items out of those bulky boxes and display them in a basket or bin! It looks great, is easy for tiny hands to find, and you will always know when something needs to be added to your shopping list!
Pants – I prefer to “long hang” pants from their waistband (or cuff) instead of folding them over a hanger. It prolongs the life of your pants because you will never have to deal with the hanger mark that is inevitably left when they are folded over a hanger, plus they will not fade if you don’t wear them very often.
Well, those are a few of my favorite ways to organize. Do you have any? Please share!
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