Declutter while watching TV

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We all need to to hang out and watch a little TV. If you are in the process of decluttering your home OR you want to keep your hands busy so you don’t eat (I need my hands busy) I would like ot recommend decluttering while watching the television.

You could declutter old files and WARRANTIES. I bet a bunch of those warranties are for stuff you don’t even have anymore! I have also cleaned out your purse. Clean out and organize your email inbox!  Separate magazines and newspapers out of the piles under the coffee table and keep only the ones you want, straighten and organize the room the TV is in, alphabetize your CDs or DVDs or books, pull out the junk drawer from the kitchen and put everything on the coffee table. Clean out the drawer and organize it, go through the mail stack and clean it out. SHRED during the commercials.

Small projects go a long way. My old files took way longer than one night though and that might happen to you too. The TV shows make it go easier.

 

 

 

Fall Cleanup and Declutter

Gutter CleanupWhether you have relatives coming for the holidays or you are just getting ready to prepare your home for winter, the outside chores are not much fun as we say goodbye to summer.

Before you store the patio furniture, give the pieces a good scrub down with soap and water. If it can withstand a power washer, go for it. Clean and vacuum cushions.  Clean off the umbrella, and put it away. Power wash the birdbath so there is no mold or dirt. Don’t forget to clean the hammock before it comes in as well.  With wooden pieces you might want to oil them as they do dry out in the weather elements.

Drain and store your garden hoses, clean the gutters (ugh, right?) and check if you need to touch up exterior paint or caulk windows.

Fall is a great time to wash screens (you would be surprised how dirty they get), and if you are in a colder climate-store the screens for the winter. You will enjoy looking out clean windows without the screens. You will notice  more light gets in, and your view will be brighter.

And as always, if you old outdoor furniture or yard debris taken away, Call2 Haul is here. We are a phone call away.

Downsizing when you retire and move

old jewelryFall is a great time to start downsizing because the weather cools and the transition from Fall into Winter helps you feel like you are getting somewhere. When you are truly downsizing, it takes a long time.  Not days or weeks, but months. When you are retiring and moving to a smaller place you truly get the right idea about what matters to you the most.

You will have a number of tough decisions.  Have a plan on WHERE stuff is going to go before you even start.  Piles will go much easier.  What do you want your kids and grandkids to have?  Give these items to them now.  All the other stuff needs a place to go.  Clothing you are not going to wear needs to be donated. Knick Knacks that have truly just been gathering dust for whatever reason, need to be donated. Furniture that you don’t care about needs to go.  Call 2 Haul can help with all of this. Whether you need help with the sorting or you just want us to come and pick it all up.

Do a little at a time!  Maybe you go through all your paperwork first.  Get rid of old magazines. If there is one picture you want out of the magazine either take a photo with your smart phone or rip it out and put it in a folder.  Toss everything except your house stuff if it is 7 years old.  There is no need for all of those old checks.

Books, if you have a lot of them, can be a nightmare.  Once you start though you will be able to let a lot more of them go than you thought.  Books are very heavy to move.  Take only the ones you truly love.  Ones you will read or look at again.

Keep in mind you are letting things go NOT the memories.  You need two sets of sheets, maybe 10-12 towels, things that are worn and in the back of closets and cabinets were forgotten anyway. Put them in the pile to leave.  Once the pile is big, get it out of there.  Create space for the next batch.  How many plates do you really need? Glasses? Mugs? I put enough in one cabinet, and I know it is still too many.

If you have items that represent people to you, keep one or two items and that is it. This is probably the hardest part, but as I go along, I find that some things actually make me sad and not happy.  Think about the items as you go through them.

Once you get going BELIEVE IT OR NOT it becomes freeing and you will get faster at it.