Posted by: Robin | June 28, 2007

Containerize kids rooms

The single deep toybox turns into a black hole.

Open shelves turn into avalanche sources.

Fix them with containers – from cardboard boxes through laundry baskets to snazzy translucent plastic, a container for each type of Stuff helps keep things under control. Label with words or pictures according to your kids age.

Tossing unbreakable toys into open-topped boxes is a fun clean-up game. Lids on less-often-used boxes keep the dust out.

Other kinds of containers as well as boxes also work: suspended nets for awkward shaped or wet things, fishing tackle boxes for toys with tiny parts, even a red wagon for garden toys that need to be brought out and put away between playtimes.

Resource List

Closet Organization
Home Organization Tools
Decluttering and Organizing our Lives

Posted by: Robin | June 25, 2007

Decluttering Craft and Hobby areas

If you have a hobby that uses materials, you probably have a “stash”. If your hobby involves equipment, you may have older models or versions. These are prime candidates for decluttering.

Ask yourself:

  • will I ever use this again?
  • Does it still meet safety or environmental standards?
  • Is it still in fashion or totally dated?
  • Is the quality up to what I now use?
  • Do I still have the tools needed to use or maintain it?
  • Is it worth more to someone else than it is to me?
  • Has it degraded in storage?
  • Could I use the money I’d get by selling it, or the space it’s occupying, better for something else?
  • Would it be easy to replace if I ever needed it again?

You may also have information resources for your hobby – books, magazines, videos, CDs etc. More questions:

  • Do I have the technology to use/read/play this?
  • Is the information still relevant, or outdated?
  • Are my skills now well beyond this level?
  • Am I still interested in this facet of the hobby?
  • Can I find this information elsewhere?

Decluttering your hobby or craft “stuff” can free up space, energy, time or money to actually DO the thing you want to do!

Resource List

Home Organization Tools
How to Declutter Your Unfinished Projects

Posted by: Robin | June 19, 2007

Hello world!

Or at least, the small part of the world that ever sees this 🙂

They say the best way to learn something is to teach it, and I’m certainly finding that since I started teaching local organizing workshops the whole organizing and decluttering part of my universe has expanded hugely! You can see my main organizing and decliuttering site and blog at but I’ll be posting here as well.

More coming…

Posted by: Robin | June 19, 2007

Decluttering your mail: reducing the flood of paper

  • Get bills delivered online and pay them online
  • Remove yourself from mailing lists (see resource links below)
  • Open the mail over the garbage and recycling bins and get rid of everything possible immediately
  • Unsubscribe from magazines you don’t read
  • Get bank statements electronically instead of on paper
  • Unsubscibe from your local paper (even free papers let you take yourself off their delivery list)
  • Post a “no flyers” sign on your mailbox

Recommended resources:

Canadian Marketing Association mailing list removal

US Direct Mail Association consumer assistance

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