My psychic powers are about as reliable as the magic 8 ball but I’ll put good money that you have at least one of the following five things in your home. Maybe even more than one.
Bed, Bath & Beyond coupons
Everyone I’ve ever worked with has handfuls of these coupons. They never expire. Few clients say they buy anything at Bed, Bath & Beyond, but the lure of those coupons is seemingly irresistible. How many Bed Bath & Beyond coupons do you have? Plan a trip to the store this month or toss them in the recycling. Check your mail, there’ll be plenty more where those came from.
Bag(s) of bags
Many a doorknob holds a flimsy grocery store plastic bag stuffed to the gills with more flimsy grocery store bags. It’s a good idea to keep some of these useful bags in reserve, but how many is enough? Clutter math says if you go to the store twice a week and get 20 bags each time, you get 40 new bags a week. Does your dog poop 40 times a week? It might feel like that when you’re picking up poop but it’s probably more like 21 times a week. Think about what you use those plastic bags for and check whether keeping them is just a habit you’ve gotten into. Keeping a few extra bags on hand makes sense, but how many bags of bags do you need to hold onto?
Recyclable grocery bags
Everyone has at least twenty cloth grocery bags. Rarely kept in the car, these bags are treasured but almost never used. Haul out all your reusable bags and choose your favorites. Keep what feels like enough in your car and see if you find yourself using them. If you don’t, they’re handy for collecting things you’re going to declutter. You can drop the items off in the bag.
Remember film cameras? The film came in a small plastic canister which is highly prized by many. Future uses include saving baby teeth in, and using as pill boxes. How many empty film canisters are rattling around your place? Have you used them yet or are they languishing unused while you use other things to contain your tiny items?
The piles of magazines sometimes topple over, but they all look so inviting. How many magazines have you had for over three months?
Three things I bet you don’t have enough of
As an organizer, I’ve come to realize that almost every space could benefit from more of a few crucial items.
Wastepaper baskets and trash cans
There should be at least one in every single room in your house and often more than one. Any chair or table where you regularly spend time needs its own decent sized trash can. There are all sorts of pretty choices available, but the main criteria is the trash can is bigger than a toilet roll. Put one in your closet, in the pantry, in the laundry room. Anywhere you might come across something that needs to be tossed right away. Once a week, do the rounds with a big garbage bag and empty all the wastebaskets into that sack.
Once you declutter your closet, you’ll have plenty. But until you do that, there’s never enough hangers when you need them and that leads to throwing clothes on the floor, over the back of chairs, back into the laundry basket. Save yourself some stress and pick up far more cheap hangers than you think you need. Or declutter your closet. I can help.