Aunty is a wannabe de-clutteree
Each time an email arrives with clutter-free info, Aunty’s antennae perk up, and then wilts because most of the time it is the same tip – sort by Keep, Toss, Donate. Sounds easy and makes sense, but it is not simple enough to get Aunty moving in the neatness direction.
A recent email from Trulia.com/blog (good for home search/info, and has evolved into something like Better Homes and Gardens) was about the “Reverse Hanger Trick and 9 more de-cluttering tricks”. Aunty checked it out.
These were pretty good tricks! The reverse hanger trick involves turning the hangers of ALL your hanging clothes backwards, with the open end facing forward. During the ensuing 6 months, if you use a piece or outfit from the hanger, when it is returned to the closet rack, switch the hanger to face in the usual way (open end of hanger towards the back). The theory of this is that the clothes that you haven’t worn in 6 months will probably never be worn, so get rid of the ones that still are hanging on backwards hangers. Okay, that is rather harsh for Aunty, but since it won’t be hard to reverse hangers, it is worth a try.
A tip from Martha Stewart was actually quite brilliant. After folding a set of sheets, tuck the top and bottom sheet into its matching pillowcase so you have the entire set neat and together. Beats Aunty’s system of finding the bottom sheet from a pile of bottom sheets and then giving up on finding matching top sheets and/or pillow cases that are in their own separate piles.
A mobile office cart may be too big, but having a mobile office unit might keep Aunty’s many jumbles of pens, staples, scissors, paper clips, etc. under control. Currently, it is like there are many areas that have these supplies that constantly get lost resulting in a birth explosion of more areas of supplies that get lost. Hmmm. Maybe Aunty will tackle this one today by gathering each mini explosion of office items together in one big box and then figure out the mobile unit configuration.
Marie Kondo’s clothes folding tips were shown with short videos. Aunty did fold her undies this way and it has been amazing and inspiring to see all panties smashed and folded together in half the space it took before! Aunty first learned this folding tip from Kay of Musings, who is now my blog buddy. Socks are next!
Please refer to the article for the other 5 tips which are also pretty cool.
Aunty is also SLOWLY reading Marie Kondo’s “the life-changing magic of tidying up” which is a perfect little (it really is a little book) guide for people that never learned how to tidy up. Aunty will do a book report on it sometime soon.
Well, Aunty is now going to tackle her office supplies armed with new determination and a simple start to making life simpler. I wonder who would want the excess office supplies. Suggestions are welcome.