Entries tagged with “clutter”.

What is invisible clutter? It’s the stuff in our home or office that has been sitting where it is now for so long, we literally just don’t see it anymore. Maybe it’s something we use all the time so it’s just easier to leave it out, but if it’s in the way, put it away!

How do you see invisible clutter? Stand at the entrance to the room and notice what your eye is drawn to first. Is there a pile of children’s homework on the dining room table? Are there more discarded shoes, hats and mittens in your foyer than your family could wear in a month? If you need help, ask a relative or family friend to look at your room with a critical eye towards seeing things that are out of place, or take a photo of your room. You may be surprised what you see!

Grouping similar things together makes sense when you need to find them. Find a cupboard or drawer close to where you use the item and put it there. If you simply must leave it out, put it in a basket or other organizing bin. If you’re really NOT using those items, find another home for them; give them away or recycle them. Invisible clutter makes your home look messy and causes stress…so spend a few minutes and tackle one area today!

Of course, if you need some help, give Seamless Moves a call a let our team of “Clutter Busters” help you clear out the clutter.

How about it readers, have you suddenly noticed “lurking invisible clutter” in your space?

Thanks to ClutterBug.me for the inspiration

You’ve heard this tip before: When in the clutter-banishing mode, pack things you want to let go of into boxes. Label the box with the date and put the box in the basement or garage. One year later, if haven’t unpacked it, let it go immediately-WITHOUT OPENING IT! If you open it you will have to start all over. If you haven’t missed whatever is in the box for a year, you don’t need it.

Unfortunately, many people refuse to believe that they won’t need their “put aside” things later. We blame the evil Clutter Fairy*. What can you do if you get a case of the “might need it laters”? Here are a few tips:

1.  “I’m saving it for a special occasion” (candles, “good” china, perfume, etc.). We can’t tell you how many senior move clients we’ve worked with who have had to give away these lovely items because they are not ABLE to use them any more. LIFE IS NOW! Enjoy your things while you can.

2. “It just needs a small repair.” Call an upholster, handyman or glass repair shop and see if the fix you had in mind will cost more than you are willing to pay. If so, let the item go. If you intend to repair it yourself, put an appointment on your calendar for this weekend to do the project.

3. “It might be worth something someday.” Call an appraiser or estate sale professional today and find out! We regularly check on items our downsizing clients have been saving for many years, only to find the amount the items are worth may not have been worth the space (and sometimes cost) to store them.

4. “My dear departed aunt gave it to me.” That’s so sweet. If you love it, keep it and use it! If it is hidden away in a box or closet, how well is it reminding you of her? We recommend taking a photo of the item as a keepsake, then offering it to a family member who can use and enjoy it.

Let’s defeat the evil Clutter Fairy at her own game!

* Cartoon used with permission of www.clangnuts.com.