Sunday, February 11, 2007

Cleaning Up Clutter & Getting Organized

We had a showing yesterday. I'm in "show me the money" mode. The house has been on the market on and off for about a year. Showing the house has been going on for so long that I can't get excited unless there's an offer.

The clean up process before showings isn't just about mopping the floor and dusting for cobwebs. It's also about decluttering the house and getting rid of stuff. We've been on a mission to do this for the past 3 years. I'm always amazed how the clutter re-accumulates.

I like this web site for de-cluttering and house cleaning without driving myself nuts or becoming too anal. The motto is "take baby steps."

I like author Julie Morgenstein. I recently read her book "Time Management from the Inside Out." It has helped me not be such a spaz about seemingly endless To Do lists. Now I'm reading her book about physically organizing space "Organizing from the Inside Out."

My latest de-clutter project was organizing our office supplies. We had a lot of stuff from the old shop in Monroe that was stuffed under workbenches, on bookshelves, and scattered boxes. There were about 5 or 6 jars (Mason, mayo, mustard, etc.) stuffed full of pens, pencils and highlighters. These were used on the workbenches at the old shop. I've never seen so many 3" pencil remnants. 2 weeks ago I took all this stuff and put it in sorted piles (for writing, printing, filing, mailing, etc.) on my living room floor. I cleared the shelves in my office, which was also a hodgepodge of stuff, to accomodate only office supplies. I brought the supplies back into the office as I used them. The stuff left over in the living room was to be either put into storage or gotten rid of. When we got the call on Thursday to schedule a showing for Saturday 11am there was still stuff all over the floor. It's gone now. It feels so good to have lightened that load! I think I'm learning skills that will be useful down the road, too.

It's nice to be able to open a closet without having stuff fall out. :-)

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