Posts Tagged ‘easy organizing’

Busted! Common Clutter Offenders

Tuesday, September 1st, 2015

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Busted! Common Clutter Offenders

What do ketchup, hairspray, and cleaning wipes have in common? They are just three of many everyday household items that tend to exist in half-empty states, often with their “twin” or “triplet” nearby.

So…instead of one full ketchup bottle, you have two partially-filled ones. Instead of one hairspray, locked and loaded, you have three that individually are a weak shot. Instead of one brimming container of cleaning wipes, you have four in various states of emptiness.

Sometimes, your home can become like a proverbial Noah’s Ark, where you bring in and store things two by two. Today’s easy organizing challenge is to go through your home – check bags, boxes, bottles, and bins – to find five candidates for consolidation. Ask yourself: where can two (or more) become one?

If you need some quick ideas, here are common clutter offenders:

  1. Liquid soaps,
  2. Shampoos,
  3. Hair styling products,
  4. Lotions,
  5. Facial cleansers,
  6. Medications,
  7. Makeup,
  8. Office supplies,
  9. Cleaning solutions,
  10. Detergents,
  11. Paints,
  12. Alcohol,
  13. Condiments,
  14. Dressings,
  15. Sauces,
  16. Beverages,
  17. Cereals,
  18. Snacks,
  19. Chips,
  20. Crackers,
  21. Cheeses,
  22. And more! This is certainly not an all-inclusive list…

Warning! There are times when you legitimately need two or more of something because you are stocking up or like to have a reserve. That’s not the issue here – focus on where you have two or more parts of the same thing, parts that can easily combine to make a whole.

Want Bigger Results? Instead of finding just five candidates for consolidation, try finding ten. Not once, not twice, but three times this week.

© 2015 | Carmen Coker International | All Rights Reserved

Carmen Coker is a former US Air Force officer turned professional organizer. Thousands of busy people have benefited from her expertise featured by CBS, NBC, The Washington Post, and Real Simple magazine – now it’s your turn! If you want to get organized and calm the chaos in your life, go to CarmenCoker.com for her free video how-to called the Secrets of the Super Organized™.

5 Minutes To More Organized

Wednesday, August 5th, 2015

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5 Minutes To More Organized

The battle drums are rumbling…it’s time to suit up for clutter combat. Let Operation Organize commence! Rest assured, this is one battle that will reduce the amount of clutter in your life – quickly.

TheFreeDictionary.com defines the word “blitz” as an intense campaign. Today’s easy organizing challenge is to select one area of your home at random, and for five laser-focused minutes, de-clutter with all your might.

Go crazy, and do not let anything stand in the way of your blitz victory. If necessary, and to conquer more of the battlefield, call in reinforcements (kids, spouse, friends) to help.

  • The games in the toy room that you trip over daily – blitz it!
  • The utensil drawer in your kitchen that never closes – blitz it!
  • Your messy jewelry box – blitz it!
  • Your sock drawer – blitz it!
  • The mountain of old sticky notes – blitz it!
  • The stack of magazines you’ve been meaning to whittle down – blitz it!
  • The time commitment that has become a time sink – blitz it!

Enjoy the full-out assault on your clutter, and celebrate when you can proclaim MISSION COMPLETE.

Want Bigger Results? Instead of leading a five-minute blitz, try a 20-minute one. Not once, not twice, but five times this week.

© 2015 | Carmen Coker International | All Rights Reserved

Carmen Coker is a former US Air Force officer turned professional organizer. Thousands of busy people have benefited from her expertise featured by CBS, NBC, The Washington Post, and Real Simple magazine – now it’s your turn! If you want to get organized and calm the chaos in your life, go to CarmenCoker.com for her free video how-to called the Secrets of the Super Organized™.