Jul 2010 – Decluttering Newsletter

Did you make your list of frustrations last month? I know of at least a couple of you who tried out my idea for listing all of those annoying little things that need fixing or replacing around the home. By the way, this list obviously applies to the work environment too. Your office needs to be an effective and pleasant workplace, so do take a half hour or so out of your day to make your list, and then start working your way through it.

Yikes – I have no storage!

This month I want to tackle one of the most frequent complaints I get from clients and friends alike – the lack of storage. It doesn’t seem to matter how large our home or workplace is, we all struggle to contain our possessions so they don’t overflow every available surface. By the way, the best way to make your space look uncluttered is to clear every surface of any extraneous items. Try it – take everything that doesn’t need to be there off your kitchen benches, your dining room table, bedside table, vanity unit, and desk. Now look at everything you’ve taken off these surfaces and think about what could go into a drawer, cupboard, or storage box. When items are ‘contained’ in a box or bin, you immediately have a system i.e. you know where to get the items and you know where to put them back.

Here are some examples of what you can store in what type of container:

  • Storage bin units such as the multi coloured ones below are great for kids toys and each bin [drawer] can be labeled by type of toys ie leggo, soft toys, etc
  • Decorative storage boxes: CDs, DVDs, makeup and hair products, personal stationery, memorabilia items etc – the list is endless
  • Magazine boxes: magazines and periodicals at home or work, and these are also useful to store files in your home office
  • Clear plastic containers: great for clothing, handbags, shoes etc
  • Large plastic bins: store everything such as out of season clothes, linen, sports gear, and even tools
  • Take away type plastic containers and ice cream containers: these are good for the pantry to contain small items like herbs & spices and packet soups etc; I also use them inside the vanity unit in the bathroom to keep together like minded products [this makes items easy to find and keeps them orderly]

The beauty of storage containers is that they can generally be stacked on top of each other, therefore maximising use of space. They can be attractive as well as functional, and they are an inexpensive solution for those storage nightmares.

Believe me, we all have more storage than we think we do. It’s often just a matter of creating systems and organising our space so that it works for us, while still remaining uncluttered. I believe clean simple lines are aesthetically pleasing to the eye. Clearing surfaces of clutter will achieve this.

In Joy!

Angella Gilbert

P: 09 410 4166
M: 027 224 8937
E: angella@gioia.net.nz
W: www.gioia.net.nz

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