Itâ€™s cold, itâ€™s dark by 4, and the thermostat does not summon much enthusiasm for the outdoors.Â What better time to start clearing out those over-stuffed closets and treacherous basements?
Often clients approach us to help with redesigning a basement or laundry room, but in fact arenâ€™t really sure what their needs are.Â Why? Because they donâ€™t have a handle on what kind of space arrangements they need.Â In other words, they have more â€˜stuffâ€™ than space.Â Enter one of our very favourite things: stripping and reorganizing the contents of that storage space.
I know what youâ€™re thinking: â€œUGH.Â That dreaded pile.Â Itâ€™s insurmountable.Â It has no end and no beginning and only misery between the twoâ€.Â But it doesnâ€™t have to be so daunting.Â No matter the closet, basement, garage, every space has the potential to be uncluttered, orderly, and even attractive. No, really, itâ€™s true.
Now, if you donâ€™t want to hire someone to tackle this for you, (although I will tell you, this is not for the faint of heart), here are some tips for getting started:
- Start small.Â Many people get overwhelmed by the sheer magnitude of the project, but remember, you donâ€™t leap up and run a marathon tomorrow, you start with short runs, and this is no different.Â Start with the smallest cluttered space; the bathroom vanity cabinet, or the front hall cupboard. From there, start by just tackling one aspect of the space; toss all the â€˜singleâ€™ mittens or the expired medications[i], for instance.Â Youâ€™ll be amazed at how small the pile gets already.
- Be ruthless.Â Damaged, ripped, torn, stained or simply â€˜doesnâ€™t workâ€™ is not worth hanging on to.Â Letâ€™s face it, if you havenâ€™t fixed it yet, youâ€™re not going to.
- â€œWhen was the last time you used itâ€? This rule applies to just about everything from clothes to tools to appliances to dishware.Â The only difference is the timeline,Â A basic guideline is:
4.Â Reduce, re-use, recycle.Â This part is crucial; your purge should not be the burden of your localÂ landfill.Â CharityÂ shops, enviro-depots, soup-kitchens and daycares are all great places in need of your cast-aways.Â And if youâ€™re really ambitious, nothing kicks off a weekend like a garage sale!
Still skeptical?Â Hereâ€™s what some of our clients have said about our home organizing services:
Â “I always thought the problem was not having enough storage – but now that everything is organized, I have more spaceÂ than ever!Â Thanks Kathryn!” – AT
“It was so liberating to be freed from all that clutter!Â Now I just stare in wonderment at my organized cupboards!” – KJM
[i] Consult your local pharmacy for instructions on how to properly dispose of expired meds and needles