Hello friends! I hope you’re having a great week. Today I’m thrilled to invite a friend and neighbor to guest post on Smallish. Molly Orendorff runs a personal organizing business called Simplify Your Stuff and is a fellow small-living enthusiast. She recently came over to help me make some sense of the closets and storage space in The Green House. We ended up chatting for over two hours. She’s got great things to say! Please give her a warm welcome…
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Are your closets bursting at the seams?
Can you get the doors closed the entire way?
Do you often spend too much time searching for things?
Ever bought something you need, only to find the ‘missing’ one a few days later?
Do you want to organize but don’t know where to start?
If so, it’s time to simplify your closets.
I know, you’d rather sit through a college chemistry class than organize a closet (s)…but you’ll be so glad you did. I promise.
Before we get started, you’ll need to grab a few things: a trash bag, recycle bin, donation box, and cleaning supplies.
Next you’ll need to get into the right frame of mind. We’re simplifying your stuff. Prepare yourself to part with anything that you don’t love AND use. It doesn’t matter how you acquired it, what it cost, or if you think you might use it someday. If you don’t love and use it, it needs to go.
Ok, ready to get started? No? Just picture your newly simplified closet…all neat and tidy, with you easily using items and then returning them to their place…sound like a fantasy world? It can be your reality in 3 simple steps.
Here we go:
1. Remove every. single. item.
Yes, you heard me right. It all must come out. The only way to know what’s in there is to remove everything. Believe me, you’ll be glad you did. You know there is something lurking in the corner that you haven’t seen in years. Go ahead and give the surfaces a quick wipe down/sweep/vacuum while it’s empty…less spring cleaning to do!
2. Replace each item that you love and use neatly and grouped with similar items so you know where to find things.
Baskets are perfect for smaller items that tend to get lost in closet land…but don’t run out to buy them just yet! See if you can find anything you already own that could work (shoe boxes are great too!). If you have to have matching storage containers, purchase them after you know exactly how many you need (and what size), and only after you’ve wiped out what you don’t use. Buying containers and putting everything you own into them is *not* simplifying!
3. Anything that is left after you’ve replaced your ‘keep’ items should be sold, donated, recycled, or trashed (only as a last resort, or if it truly is trash).
It really is that simple. The only thing that makes simplifying our stuff difficult is our attachment—or our perceived attachment—to stuff. Once you see the difference in your closet, I’ll bet you can’t wait to tackle the next space!
Here’s to simplified closets and simplified lives! 🙂
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I hope Molly’s words inspired you to do some organizing or purging today, friends. If so, comment below and tell us where you’re starting! 🙂