Home Organizing Starts with Editing
by GraceAnn Simoni
Here’s some great home organizing advice and a dash of “how to” motivation from Contributor GraceAnn Simoni, Interior Redesign and Staging Specialist and Instructor from the Chicagoland area. GraceAnn shares budget tips and advice for decorating with your existing furniture and accessories.
How are those New Year’s resolutions coming along??? Like most of you I resolved to become more organized. My office is always the ongoing challenge but the rest of the house could use some ‘editing’ as well.
My objective to live with only things I love and to let go of the rest.
As a redesigner I work with the furniture, art and accessories that clients already have, to give the room a new look. But I still help them do some editing.
You can’t decorate with you current items unless you can look at them objectively.
“The love it or leave it exercise,” as Lynette Jennings calls it.
We all have things in our homes for a reason; perhaps it is all we can afford and that is nothing to be ashamed of. We may have inherited items—things we may or may not love—from family or in-laws who come to visit often. We may also have things in our homes that tell our family’s ‘story’ and are more meaningful possibly than attractive.
The bottom line is you should only keep in sight things that make you feel good or hold a memory. Keep those ‘given’ items nearby for when the giver comes to visit and then put them out. Why look at them all the time?
The ‘stuff’ we keep is not what is normally seen in the decorating magazines, books or on TV, right? (Wonder where it was stashed for the photo shoot?)
However, if we no longer feel connected to the stuff, then let it go. Give it to a resale shop–someone will love it. Donate furniture items to a shelter or Goodwill. Haven’t we all found things (great deals to us) from those same types of stores?
So in my quest to ‘edit’ I have started really looking at my spaces. I begin by moving in a clockwise fashion around one room at a time and setting a block of time to do so—for example, one hour a day.
I remove to a pile all those things that I really haven’t truly ‘seen’ in a while. They may have been in the same place forever and only the cleaning lady really sees them when see dusts!
I keep one good sized box and two large garbage bags nearby. The box is for items that still speak to me, but I am not sure about, they may find another place in the house. One of the bags is for things I will definitely donate and of course the second bag is for the junk, broken, damaged or just paper clutter I find. That one can fill quickly if I am in the right mindset.
When the timer goes off (remember I set a definite time limit) I then take the trash bag to the garage, the donate bag gets marked and if not full goes to the garage for the next day. When it is full or reaching the weight limit, I place it in my car, and the next time I am out I make sure to run by the Goodwill and drop it off.
So far I have been doing fairly well. There are days that get passed me, but just like a diet we do slip, but the key is to keep trying.
I will try to keep you posted on my progress. Perhaps having someone to report to will keep my motivation going! Wish me Luck!
(In a future article I will tell you how I used what I loved in different ways or did something to update the look.)
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Do your rooms need a good editing about now? How do you manage the “stuff” in your spaces?