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Decluttering Tips & Family Circle

Have you been procrastinating and putting off those home organizing projects you wanted to tackle in 2014? It’s not too late to start. To get you motivated, I’d recommend reading Clutter-Free in 31 Days in this month’s Family Circle. It has some great decluttering tips and tricks from over a dozen mom bloggers.

decluttering tips // simplified bee

And yes, I’m thrilled to say that I was asked for a tip or two for the article. My tip for day 10 is above. You know I love those trays, so here are a few of my faves…

Happy organizing,

Cristin

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Read full story By on January 17, 2014 in Decluttering, home organization, Organization, organization tips, Organizational tips, Tips/Tricks

Organizing a Closet in 5 Steps

shoe organization

Are you longing for an organized closet, but don’t know where to begin or have a limited budget? Today, I’m contributing at Wayfair’s blog,  My Way Home and sharing five simple, budget-friendly ideas for making your closet more organized. Several of the solutions are free and you can do right now! Head to My Way Home to find out more.

Happy organizing!

Cristin

* photo credit: BHG

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Read full story By on December 10, 2012 in Closets, Decluttering, Organization, Wayfair

How to Hold a Successful Garage or Yard Sale

Spring cleaning is in full swing and for many of us that means it’s garage sale season. Hosting a garage or yard sale is the perfect time to edit items from your home that are no longer used or fit your lifestyle. In addition to de-cluttering your home, a garage sale is a great way to make a little extra money.
Holding a garage sale however takes organization and pre-planning. Here are some tips for hosting a successful garage sale:
successful garage yard sales{images by Thayer Allyson Gowdy via Real Simple}
Select the Right Day & Time.
1. Typically the best months for garage sales are in the spring and summer. Steer clear of holidays and summer vacation months {i.e. July & August}.
2. Saturday is the most popular day for garage sales, but a Friday or Sunday might also work for you. Go with the flow and see what day is trending in your neighborhood.
3. Serious garage sale shoppers get up earlier, so set a start time no later than 8am.
Consider a Multi-family Sale.
1. Inform family and friends about the garage sale and encourage them to participate. Ask them to help out on the day of the sale and assign them a task {cashier, helping customers, keeping merchandise neat}.
2. Let neighbors know about your sale. If they too want to have a garage sale the same day, share marketing efforts {signage, Criagslist posting, etc.}. Multi-family garage sales always pull in more traffic.
stylish yard sale displays
Determine, Organize & Price Items to Sell.
1. Schedule a day {or two} to go room by room in your home to de-clutter and make a list of items you would like to sell.
2. Don’t sell items that are damaged beyond repair or have been recalled. In fact it is illegal to resell items that have been recalled – go here for a list of recalled items}.
3. Make a note as to what price you would like to sell the item. If you have no idea how to price an item, you can always look up a similar item on eBay or Criagslist.
4. Set up a holding area for the items you will be selling. Typically this is in the garage, because it eliminates moving the sale items multiple times. You’ll be able to move the items easily out the day of the sale.
5. In the holding area, group sale items into plastic bins {clear ones are best because you can see the contents inside} and boxes. Be sure to label the bin or box  {i.e. toys, DVDs, 0-3 month girls’ clothing, etc.} and price the items in the grouping the same.
6. Save time by minimizing labeling each item. Instead label the tables, bins or racks {i.e. $5-$10, $1 or Less, $25 or Best Offer}.
Supplies Needed On-site for the Sale.
1. Shopping bags and small boxes to make it easier for customers to take away the goods.
2. Tables, clothing racks and shelves for displaying items.
3. A calculator for adding up sales.
4. Spare light bulbs, batteries and extension cords plugged in to show that items work properly.
5. Tape measure, pens and scissors.
6. Trash can.
7. Paper towels, tissues and hand-sanitizer.
8. Pre-made sticker labels or color coded stickers for pricing items.
9. Newspaper to wrap fragile items.
10. Cash-box, hip-pack or apron with pockets to hold cash and change.
cute yard sale signage {image via Yard Sale Bloodbath}
Advertise the Sale.
1. Create a listing one week prior to the sale on Craigslist or a similar on-line site. It’s free!
2. Inquire about placing ads with various local newspapers. Ask how many words, how much it will cost and when you need to submit the information by.
3. When listing your ad, include your big items and/or categories {i.e. 1940s oak dining table, baby gear & clothing}
3. Create signage to be placed at large intersections near your home.
4. Signage should include the date of the sale, your address {cross streets can be helpful too} and the sale hours. Use foam board and make the signs large enough for them to be read easily by drivers.
5. Consider making smaller directional signage if you think people may have difficulties finding your home.
successful garage sale tips
{image by Thayer Allyson Gowdy via Real Simple}

Display items with Style.
1. Remove or cover items in the garage you don’t want to sell.
2. Organize your items and display them in an interesting and easy-to-view format.
3. Use clothing racks {consider renting or borrowing some} to hang items such as dresses, jackets and suits. Group clothing according to size.
4. Place like items together and make signs so customers can easily find what they are looking for {i.e books, housewares, boys clothing – sizes 2T – 3T}

apron for garage sale
{image via CountryHome}
Managing the Money.
1. Go to the bank ahead of the sale and have between $75 and $100 in small bills {$1s, $5s and a few $10s} and a couple rolls of quarters.
2. Designate a person to handle the cash-box at all times. If this isn’t possible, have one person where an apron or hip-pack to mange the transactions.
3. Have a “Cash Only” rule. It’s no fun to get a bounced check!
free stuffed animals to kids
Fun for the Kids.
1. Encourage older kids to earn extra cash by selling donuts, bagels or cookies.
2. Set out a box of gently used stuffed animals labeled “FREE – Kids Take One” for customers with  young children. Used stuffed animals are rarely accepted by charities, so this is a great way to pass them along! You will have some very happy, little customers too :)
After the Sale.
1. Do not bring any unsold items back into your home or garage.
2. Immediately after the sale, pack unsold items into your vehicle and drive them to the nearest charity or donation center {be sure to get a receipt for a tax credit}.
3. Place unsold items curbside with a “FREE” sign.
4. Schedule a date and time for one of the local thrift stores to pick up items that are too big for you to hall away {have them leave a receipt for a tax credit}.
5. Remove all posted signs from the neighborhood.
If you don’t have a yard or garage for a traditional sale of this kind, try TagSellIt. It’s a traditional garage sale in a virtual format.
igaragesale yard sale app for iphone
I don’t tend to host garage sales {too much work, my hubby says}, but I love going to them. Just downloaded the iGarageSale app for my iPhone too. The reviews are glowing.
Tips for Holding a Successful Yard or Garage Sale - Simplified Bee
Planning a yard sale this year?
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Read full story By on May 26, 2011 in Decluttering, garage sales, home organization, organization tips, Organizational tips, Tips/Tricks

Conquering Clutter: Guidelines to Follow & Questions to Ask When Decluttering

closet organization ideas shoes
This week I’m taking time to declutter. We all have sentimental items that we cherish and want to store away, but when is it too much? And when is it clutter? Clutter is basically anything that takes up space and isn’t improving or making your life better.  If you have clothing in your closet that you haven’t worn in years, piles of mail on the counter, toys in every corner or trouble finding important documents, it is time for you to think about purging and decluttering your home. For many of my clients letting go of items is the biggest hurdle when organizing their home.
organizing art supplies in jars ideas
Here are some guidelines and questions you should ask when determining whether to toss/recycle, donate to charity or keep:
SORT
Take one item at a time when determining to keep it or not. While sorting keep in mind that the goal is to purge and reduce the amount of stuff in your home. The best decisions are the ones made quickly.
shoe and jewelry organization idea
QUESTION
If you get stuck and can’t decide what to do wit h a particular item, ask yourself clarifying questions including:
  • When is the last time you used this item and was it in the last year?
  • Is it broken, damaged or the wrong size?
  • Does it make you happy or have sentimental value?
  • Do you really need this item?
styled bathroom cabinet organization
REVIEW
For many of us holding onto clutter is emotional. Our possessions reflect who we are, who we are not and who we wish to be. Emotional attachment to items is something most of us do and the primary reason people hold onto clutter. Pretty Neat suggests that if you can’t make a decision on whether or not to get rid of an item, put it in a review box for a specified period of time. When time is up, it should be easier to make the decision. I would recommend having a limit to how many items can go into the “review box.” It should only be used on very select items and as sparingly as possible. Again the goal is to reduce the clutter in your home and make it more functional and beautiful.
organized makeup drawer lonny
TOSS & RECYCLE
Much of the clutter in your home could actually be trash. Here are some items that are the most obvious to throw away and recycle whenever possible:
  • Junk mail, old magazines and newspapers.
  • Expired food, make-up and medicine. Check with your local recycling center on how and where to dispose of medications safely. If in California,CALRecycle has list of where to take sharps and medications.
  • Clothing that is damage, stained or ripped beyond repair .
  • Boxes that are damaged or no longer useful.
  • Broken toys, games and electronic equipment.
lonny mary mcdonald closet organization
DONATE
An easy way to declutter your home is to donate items you don’t use, but are still in good condition. Donating to a family, friends or a local charity is a great place for used clothing, furniture, CDs/DVDs, toys, tools and so much more.
out of clutter find simplicity quote einstein
SCHEDULE
Once you have decluttered your home, the best way to keep it that way is to set up a daily and weekly maintenance sessions. Taking fifteen minutes everyday to tackle the mail, put toys away and organize the entry or mudroom. At least once a month file away papers in your inbox, organize the pantry or review your closet for pieces that could be donated.
Are you ready to conquer the clutter in your home? There is no better time than today.
Happy Organizing!
* all photos courtesy of LONNY Magazine
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Read full story By on December 27, 2010 in Decluttering, home organization, Organization, organization tips, Organizational tips, Tips/Tricks