Buying the same things over and over again is such a drag!
It not only wastes:
but it is also extremely irritating!
If you buy the best quality stuff then in the long run you will save money, time, and resources.
(P.S. Best doesn’t always mean the most expensive!)
I sat down with Tara Button on my Journey to Organization Podcast to discuss how her website https://buymeonce.com/ has set out to help you do just that- buy it once and never have to buy the same thing again.
I have a lot of the products she recommends through her website and I gotta tell you, they are AWESOME
My favorites are the Darn Tough Socks, Jansport backpacks, and Tara’s book, A Life Less Throwaway: The Lost Art of Buying for Life.
Sure, some of these items may cost a little more upfront, but the cost per use ends up being so much less!
Not only that but when you buy higher quality stuff you end up replacing things less frequently. This saves money and helps you budget better. And because you spend less frequently, it keeps you more organized and clutter-free because you buy less stuff.
I know that today, a lot of stuff is designed to be a one-time use type item. But in a world where most things are not made to last, it is really a pleasure to use products that do!
Even more than that, high-quality products are usually made with superior materials that are not only healthier for us, but they are better for the environment and use fewer resources.
Usually, the conditions for the workers who make these products are healthier and they get paid a living wage. And fair treatment of workers, while is often not something we consider when shopping, is something we should ALL be thinking of before we purchase.
So invest in better quality and take the plunge towards creating a capsule wardrobe! You not only save time, money, and resources, but you help support domestic businesses and fair treatment of workers!
If you need help organizing your capsule wardrobe, or just organizing in general, book a consultation with me to see how we can work together!
Let me tell you what I do!
If you choose the in-home option, I come to your home, (don’t worry, I don’t judge you or your mess. And no, your house is probably not the worst one I have ever seen! And yes, I wear a mask, and can take my shoes off!) From there, we work together to go through your stuff and sort it out.
Once we put things into categories we can start to discard and declutter.
We work together to decide what to keep and what to toss until we have a carefully curated collection of objects. Whatever items you decide to keep, I help you set up into a system you can maintain. I teach you strategies on exactly how to maintain your organizational success. ( Cue the celebratory dance! )
At the end of the day, I take away whatever you decided to let go of and I donate or recycle it.
If you need an extra push, I will give you homework to do, and then I check on you in between sessions to make sure you are doing your homework and that you are maintaining the system we set up!
What don’t I do?
- I don’t do the decluttering for you, and here is why:
I don’t know what you want to get rid of, it was up to me, you probably wouldn’t have anything left! Seriously though, you need to make the choices, I am there to keep you on track and on target!
When you sort through all your stuff you see exactly what you have, you are in control, you make the decisions, and you know where everything is. I am there as a guide to keep you on track and get you to your organizational goals.
- I don’t clean! I am not a cleaner, if a shelf needs to be wiped down before we put something away, or dust swept off the floor before we move a piece of furniture, yeah, I’ll help with that, but no heavy scrubbing going on here. It distracts from our main mission of decluttering.
- I don’t tell you what to let go of. What you keep is up to you, my job is to help you make good choices and help you decide what you really need and what you don’t need as well as to keep you on the decluttering train. I will help you curate your best collection of stuff though!
So if you are ready for a home visit – book your free consultation here.
If you don’t live in an area I service in person, don’t worry! I got you covered- we can work online together in my Done In A Day Declutter session.
I never keep any in my house. When making bread, I always used a tea towel over my bowl of dough instead of covering it with plastic wrap.
But…the tea towel gets all sticky and makes a mess.
Here’s a tip to avoid waste and washing!
Put a little oil and a touch of flour on the counter top and roll the dough up. Add the bowl you used to mix in on top of the dough and voila!
Zero-waste, less mess, and less cleanup solution to making bread!
Show me pictures of how this tip worked for you in the comments below!
It won’t get done and you will just get upset and frustrated.
Their executive functioning skills are not fully developed and they need specific clear instructions.
“Clean your room” is vague. It doesn’t mean much to kids.
Instead, tell them: “The blocks go in bin marked ‘blocks’, the trains go in the train bin, and the dolls go with the other dolls in their box.”
Help them set up a system where each type of toy is in its own box, bin, or on its own shelf.
Make sure you declutter anything not in use anymore.
Give each item you keep a real home to live in. If your kids don’t understand where it goes, it will always be out.
Label each box bin or shelf clearly. For small kids use pictures and words.
Depending on their age you will probably need to help them for a while until they learn the system.
Keep the system clear and easy to use.
This will also work for putting away their own laundry.
Doing things for your kids won’t teach them how to be independent but not giving enough instruction will just result in frustration for you and then.
Sometimes it seems like kids should already know how to do this.
It seems so easy to put the toy in the proper bin.
But cleaning your room is not the same as putting the toys in the bin they belong in.
For kids from 2-5 you will likely need to sit with them and guide them through each part of cleaning up.
Give them simple instructions. When they finish one task, move them to the next one, and work together.
Kids 6-10 can take a few directions at a time, blocks, trains, then dolls. If there is still more to clean up add it after the first part is already clean.
Ages 10+ explain to them they need to put the toys in the correct bins, pick up the garbage, and put the bins away.
Again, until they get the hang of their system they may have trouble, so help them out, help them develop their executive functioning skills!
What does your kids’ play space look like? Send a picture or show me in the comments.
Need a little bit of extra help? My one-day course, Done In A Day Declutter, is where I help you get one room in your home organized and clutter-free, while providing the tools you need to keep it that way!
Okay, so I changed the quote slightly to make my point! Sometimes we have good intentions but we never really reach our goals.
Often, when I speak to friends or clients – it can sounds a little something like this:
I want to declutter.
I want to be able to make a menu plan.
I want to have a tidy house (that STAYS tidy!)
I want to learn new organizational skills.
Yes, the big but! All these goals but something always seems to be getting in the way. Maybe you didn’t budget for them properly, you ran out of time, or just completely forgot. Thus, nothing gets done.
I know that feeling. It happens to me from time to time and it can be very frustrating. Also speaking from experience, it isn’t too late to turn a dilemma into a success!
My advice for you is simple and sweet:
All you have to do is a little everyday.
Don’t roll your eyes just yet! Hear me out! Even just 15 minutes everyday will make a world of difference in your home and life in the long run.
Choose what you want to focus on. You can work on decluttering the clutter drawer, organizing a shelf, or clearing out your pantry.
Maybe your goal is to finally create your perfect capsule closet? Well, set a timer and see how many pieces you can shave your closet down to.
Try it. I dare you!
A statement that I truly believe in is “Perfect is the enemy of good enough.” You 15 minutes (or 10 or 5!) doesn’t have to be perfect. It just needs to get done.
Do you think you can find 15 minutes everyday to make a difference in your life? Feeling inspired to tackle the clutter?
Let me help! My Done In A Day Declutter project let’s us work as a team to organize and declutter one room in your home (that may be at the top or bottom of your to-do list!)
Taking the first step can be scary, but I’ve been there. And with years of experience as a personal organizer, I am dedicated to helping you achieve an organized and stress-free life.
So connect with me today!
I can’t wait to get you to your goals!
As a professional organizer, I get asked many questions – many are similar.
The most asked question is how do I avoid clutter? Once the house is clean and tidy – what can be done to pretend the clutter from slowly creeping back into my life?
I answer them with two words:
It’s astoundingly simple. When I tell my clients this sometimes their mouth just drops.
Buy less? How? What does this mean? I can’t buy anything at all?
Sure you need things in your home but I think the big difference that needs to be brought to everyone’s attention is – the difference between need and want.
Often we want the trendy new skin care or fashionable cheetah print pants. We blindly buy and then find that we never use the skin care item and cheetah print just doesn’t really vibe with who we are.
So they sit on our counter and closet taking up space, useless.
Reduce your clutter, spending, and waste when you buy less and shop with a list.
Go ahead and put something in your shopping cart and then wait 24 hours before you buy.
You’ll find that more often than not, you’ve either forgotten about the item, realize you already own the thing you were going to buy, or realize it was going to be an impulse purchase.
Bringing more into our overcrowded homes won’t make us happier in the long run!
Avoid the clutter, buy less!
Looking to banish the clutter in your life once and for all? Join my Conquer Your Clutter Challenge to rid the clutter once and for all!
When taking out the garbage feels like the highlight of your day.
Missing your friends and colleagues.
And the biggie – not remembering what day it is anymore!
Quarantine, lock down, Yom tov, shabbat, lock down, Yom tov, shabbat, quarantine… We don’t know when it will all end.
Sometimes, you think you are doing ok, then you just have this minute where everyone is in your space, it is all so loud, they all need something right now and you just want to escape.
Or maybe you are all alone and you think you are doing ok and then you think you may lose it if you don’t see another person very soon.
I get it. I usually love being home. There were times when I may not leave my house for three or four days. But pre-corona days I could leave, and my kids were at school so I had some alone time for myself to think.
Now that we are all home together it does have a plus side. We eat meals together, we make our meals together, we play games together, and we watch movies together.
My work time is more focused because I want to get things done and get back to being available to my family.
Of course, aside from work there are still chores that need to be done throughout the home, like the cooking, shopping (online), and CLEANING!
One thing that has helped me through this is that my house isn’t a total mess.
When we need to clean, it doesn’t take too long, especially since we divide and conquer (we being the key word here) but also because we don’t have to tidy first.
When we do need to tidy, it isn’t too difficult, the kids know where things go, everything has a home.
(Check out my article about how to teach your children to be more organized.)
The main way to keep clutter at bay and to stay clutter free is to make sure everything has a home and you keep your belongings to a minimum.
My challenge for you is this:
- Take some time to find a home for your belongings
- Toss any items that are broken
- Donate (or put aside to donate) items that are in good conditions but no longer in use
And there you have it! 3 easy steps to avoid having to do a full scrub down of your home every day!
I can’t come to your home to help you in person, but I can help you get that with my new Done In A Day Declutter online service.
If you want a clutter free tidy home, let’s make use of this time together!
If you just need to chat cause you feel down, send me an email to [email protected] and say hi
Can’t wait to be in touch!
I couldn’t resist! Because this is EXACTLY how I am feeling lately!]]>