Time to Declutter! 3 Ways to Let it Go!

As one year ends and another begins, people often seek to make  a “fresh start”.  Making resolutions to become more intentional, stronger, exercise more, become more organized.  Of all these noble aspirations, I’d like share a couple thoughts on organization.  I believe the key to effective organization is clutter elimination.  After all, you can’t organize well if you simply own more than your square footage allows for.  Might I suggest, letting go of the things that weigh you down?  Scale back. Pare down. Declutter. Purge.  Anyway you put it, less is more when seeking order and simplicity. Having a hard time making decisions about your stuff? Here are three tips to get you started in the right direction:

  1. Envision your ideal.  Consider the vision you have for your life, your home and your surroundings.  Describe it.  This picture that you’re painting in your “mind’s eye” will be critical in the purging process. Be as specific as possible in envisioning and describing your ideal surroundings and don’t be tempted to skip this important step. It will be the foundation upon which the decluttering decisions are made. It will be easy to “say goodbye” to your surplus stuff if you understand its holding you back from realizing your envisioned ideal.
  2. Identify a donation location.  Where will your unwanted or unneeded items go? Once gathered, they must leave immediately!  So deciding where to send them is vital. There are many options to choose from.  You may choose to host a yard sale. Contact the Salvation Army to Schedule donation pick up , or take items to a nearby donation station. Consider taking your items to Revolution Thrift,  which is my top pick for donations! Identifying a worthy location for your unneeded surplus will help you to part with your items, knowing someone else can make good use of them!
  3. Choose a starting point.  Begin with an area that will reap the highest reward. Consider the area that drains the most of your time or causes the most frustration.  This may be the desk or the closet.  Excess paper and excess clothing are high stressors. Roll up your sleeves and empty the entire space.  This is like beginning with a blank canvas. Every item you just removed from the space is a decision. At this point remember the ideal life you envisioned. Ask yourself if holding onto the item will help you achieve your vision. This is where it can get difficult which is why step one is so critical.  Stay put. Make piles. Don’t leave the space you’re  working on because there is a high probability you may lose focus and motivation. If something belongs in another room, make a pile for it.  You don’t need to decide what to toss, just decide what to keep!

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Are you among the millions seeking a “fresh start”?  Would you like to resolve to become more organized?  You can! Contact amanda@abcorganize.com if you need assistance getting started or at any point in the process!

Also, I would love to hear your success stories and see pictures.  Please email amanda@abcorganize.com

Happy Organizing!

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10 tips to have a successful yard sale

Hosting a yard sale is a fantastic time to declutter while simultaneously making some cash! Win-win!!
1. Display everything you’re selling into meaningful groups/ categories-just like they do in stores.
2. Whenever possible, cover tables with sheets, towels, tablecloths, or runners. It adds a bit of class to your garage sale. Remember, it’s all about that first impression!
3. Put a price tag on every single thing you put out to sell — no matter how small. You’ll make more money at your sale, plus pricing every individual item also helps to avoid the slew of questions all day: “How much is this?”
4. Use plastic zip-top baggies to hold small parts & pieces that go with specific items.
5. Have a plugged-in extension cord handy, so buyers can see that the items do work.
6. Don’t put anything directly on the ground. Whatever you’re selling will instantly drop in value. Use a tarp if items must be placed on the ground.
7. Hang clothes on hangers (always). Don’t fold them (ever). People will pay more for clothes that are on hangers than for clothes that are on sheets, in boxes, or on tables.
8. When using boxes to group similar items together for your display, don’t cram too many items inside each box. It’s best to have fewer items inside more boxes, than to have more items in fewer boxes.
9. Bundle items whenever possible. If you have lots of the same (or similar) items, ask a higher price for one of them and a really good price for several of them.
10. To Sell everything: Post a sign advising that all merchandise will be half-price after 2 p.m. Alternately, stock up on grocery sacks and announce a “dollar a bag” special for the last hour of the sale. Buyers pay a dollar or two for each full bag — and you avoid the need to trek the unsold items to a charity site. Whatever you do, don’t let the survivors back in the house!

Have fun!!

Revolution Thrift. My top pick for donations. Here’s why…

I proudly support San Antonio’s newest Thrift shop, Revolution Thrift. Revolution Thrift has been attracting attention from the community as many seek to support the vision of bringing hope and healing to the people of our city!
Founder Rachel Kelley, envisioned a local thrift store that would donate 100% of its profits to local charities in the community. In this way, the residents of San Antonio could give back to their city by simply donating and shopping.
I frequently say “clean and clear” or “purge, purge, purge”! I can tell you with bold confidence, this is where I send my surplus! And as many of you already know, it’s also where I send your surplus, if I’ve worked with you recently! I love to help my clients become free of the burden of owning too much stuff! Now I can confidently give to an organization that believes, as I do, in an holistic approach to changing lives in San Antonio! I fully believe in the ministries they’re partnered with: Christian Hope Resource Center, Grace House, and Ransomed Life, to name a few.
Consider how you can get involved in catching the vision of Revolution Thrift!
Shop. Volunteer. Donate. Give.
You won’t regret it!

Too Much!

How to Combat Clutter

Let’s face it, we own more than enough. Too much!  We have an over-abundance of items threatening to zap our energy and destroy our peace.  Sounds like an enemy needing to be dealt with! Here’s how to stand against it and will the battle! 

  1. Resist and reject incoming clutter.  Don’t let in! Refuse to allow catalogs and junk-mail into your home. Recycle bags, don’t collect them.
  2. Reduce existing items. Purge! Devote time to make a decision about each item.  For clothing and household items: keep only what you love and what adds value to your life.  For papers: keep only what you must for taxes, memorabilia and reference; it’s much less than you think you need!
  3. Request help.  Sometimes you just need motivating encouragement and someone to keep you on track and it is certainly alright to ask!
  4. Reward yourself. Treat yourself to a clutter-free indulgence for taking a step in the right direction to become free from owning too much stuff!

Reject the lies that speak defeat saying that it’s impossible or that you’re worthless. Stand on truth that you are a conqueror! Stand resolute; filled with confidence and hope!  Guard your mind with right thinking!

My top pick for donations: Revolution Thrift