Clutter is my nemesis. At the end of the week when the school papers, the kid stuff, the projects, and all of the ‘life stuff’ starts to pile up, I get a little crazy. I can’t think if there’s clutter in the way. Clear countertops and clear minds are hand in hand – and here are a few of the tricks and tips that I use to keep clutter out of our house.
Keep a Donate Bag in the Laundry Room
The laundry room is where I closet edit. It’s where I take out the clothes that are no longer seasonally appropriate and either stash them in one of the handmedown bins on the top of Violet’s closet or donate the clothes if we’re not going to reuse them. Keeping a bag in the laundry room helps to not wash the same items multiple time, especially if they’re not being worn regularly.
Tip: Donating is made easier with the seven new drop off locations for Value Village in Edmonton and area. When you drop off items, a local non profit charity is supported (drop off between 9 and 6).
- 18715 Stony Plain Road NW, Edmonton (supports Inclusion Alberta)
- 14915 Stony Plain Road, Edmonton (supports Cerebral Palsy Association in Alberta)
- Whitemud Drive & 17th Street, Edmonton (supports Cerebral Palsy Association in Alberta)
- 99th Street & 23rd Avenue, Edmonton (supports Cerebral Palsy Association in Alberta)
- 2331 66th Street, Edmonton (supports Big Brothers Big Sisters of Edmonton)
- Terwillegar Road NW & Rabbit Hill Road NW, Edmonton (supports Big Brothers Big Sisters of Edmonton)
- 4005 Clover Bar Road, Sherwood Park (supports Canadian Diabetes Association)
Get Rid of the Paper
When paper comes home with the kids, sort it. If it’s going back to school, send it back. If it’s something that you need to remember, add the information to your calendar and recycle it. If it’s artwork, take a picture and add it to your photo album of kids artwork and then either hang it in a gallery area, or recycle it.
One in, One Out
If something comes into the house, than something goes out – that’s the rule. When the kids get a new toy, we try to find other toys that they’re not using to donate. Coming up to Christmas, I do a major, major, toy cull and donate the toys that aren’t being played with, keeping those toys that we use over and over for when we have future children.
Haven’t Used It? Get Rid of It
You know how they say if you haven’t worn something in a few months, you should either store it for the next season or get rid of it? I feel this way about the things that are coming into our house. As a blogger, we accumulate a lot of things, and I’m constantly going through items that we’re no longer using and passing them on to someone that can. My rule? If I haven’t used it in at least a month and it’s not looking like I’m going to I a. store it in a designated place. b. pass it on if it doesn’t have a designated space.
Find it a Home
If you’re not using something, I don’t immediately suggest to donate it – because it might be something seasonal that you’ll use next year, like sand toys or floating toys for the pool. When it comes to items that are seasonal, or items that aren’t used on a regular basis, you need to have a home for these items. It’s going to give you somewhere to put these items away, and it’s going to ensure that you’re able to hold on to them (and find them) for the next time you need them.