Let's talk donations.
When you're getting organized this Spring season, you'll likely want to get rid of quite a bit. Some people struggle knowing how or where to donate & get overwhelmed, especially with odd items like old cellphones, electronics, music instruments, etc. This can lead to just trashing it but there's always someone who can use most of what you can't. Below you'll find three quick tips to help you out.
If your looking for more in-depth information on donating and where to donate specific items (cell phones, partially used gift cards, old computers, etc. HERE is a great detailed post from Brad Aronson.
Ahhh...Spring. The birds are chirping, the warm breeze is wafting through the window, the flowers are blooming...
your closets are overflowing, drawers won't close, and you're tripping over stuff everywhere!
It can be overwhelming to have too many items everywhere in your home, and it affects your daily routine (where are those... soccer cleats?? We are already late!), your mental well being, and peace of mind (I can't look at these piles one more second!)
First thing to remember is, it's going to take a little time, and progress is better than perfection. I've found that most people don't make time to declutter and organize their homes, and end up feeling overwhelmed after months (or years) of accumulating belongings. Schedule an hour or two at a time, set a timer, play some fun music and let's get started!
Let us know if we can help you along the way. From a master plan, working with you side by side, & or accomplishing your organizational tasks while you're at work, Kate Larkin & Co. has you covered.
You'll often find me saying to my clients in their homes, "let's find a way to use vertical space!"
I personally love bookshelves... they can hold decorative items, books (duh), and plethoras of storage bins and baskets from toys to filing boxes, to - well, you name it! And they can look good in any room of the house.
Another storage option - especially for those with smaller homes struggling to find space is the back of a door. There are SO many options out there for over the door organizers. If you have tall doors or hate the look of the hook from the other side, never fear - you can install right onto the door. These come in handy for shoes or beanie baby collections in the bedroom, bathroom items, spices in the kitchen, and all the misc items a hall closet can collect.
Another favorite place I like to organize is the wall! Sometimes you can set up an entire center just on a blank wall. This is especially helpful for a family command center - calendar, hooks for keys, mail slots, etc. All you need is to measure your wall space and purchase some fun wall files, hooks and organizers made to wall mount.
This is the perfect time of year to think about organizing those feared and dreaded spaces- the attics, garages, and basements. For one, the weather is (somewhat) conducive to being in non-temperature-controlled environments. Hot weather will be here before we know it, especially here in the mid-south. We basically have two seasons: HOT and RAIN. For those of us northern transplants, the "winter" is pretty mild.
I always tell my clients that the ideal organizing situation is to start backwards- start where things from your home may need to move into- which means attics and garages. You'd be surprised that likely 50% or more of what is in your attic is probably trash. By tackling this space, you make room for other things infrequently-used in your home like luggage and Christmas décor.
Garages are also a place that sometimes needs some TLC and space planning. Ceiling- mounted racks and wall organizers with specialty hooks can make pulling into your garage a calming experience every day, not a stressful add to your mental to-do list for the "future."
If you'd like to see your home organized in the springtime (as most of us do when the weather starts warming up), start now with your lesser-visited spaces and you'll make way for progress inside your home.
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