Posts Tagged ‘decluttering’

Cleaning out my Closet…

May 31, 2010

A few weekends ago I scheduled a Feng Shui consultation.  Naturally, I wanted my home as organized and clean as possible so the consultant ( would give me the best advice possible!   

I anticipated she would open doors and look in my closets so I decided I could quickly organize two of them enough so they would reflect orderliness in my life.   

Closet Before Organizing

My clothes closet was simple.  I tackled the top shelf because that’s where it’s easiest to toss things to store.  There was a lot of stuff that had been randomly tossed onto the shelf.  So I took everything off of it and placed the items on my bed.    

I grouped like items with like and then looked at how much I had of each.  I’m reluctant to get rid of my extra pillows (good for napping on the couch and for overnight guests) so those stayed.   I took small evening bags and clutches and put them into labelled containers.   As I was sorting, I realized that most of what I had I planned to keep, it merely needed to be better organized.  So that’s what I did for the top shelf and you can see from the photos what a difference it makes!   

Sometimes it’s not always about getting rid of items but how they are stored.  I’ve done several closet unclutterings over the last two years and it was a matter of limited space for what I wanted to keep.    

My hiking boots were purchased 7 or 8 years ago.  They have not been on my feet for at least 5 years and each time I’ve cleaned my closet, I have put them back under the shoe rack.  This time I asked myself if I would use them at any time during the remainder of this year and when my answer was unequivocably “no,” I moved them into my donation pile.    

I also removed the rack upon which my laundry basket sat.  I never really liked it and thus, there’s no reason to keep it!   

Now all that’s left is to sort through my clothes…and that can wait until another day!   

Ready for my Feng Shui consult!


P.S.  The Feng Shui consultation was incredible!  My consultant made some excellent and easy to implement suggestions.  One of the things she had me do was to turn my dining room table 45 degrees.  What a difference it makes in the energy and space of the room!  If you live in Houston or the nearby vicinity, go to this website for more information! 


Fast Project #3 Toss Stuff from Your Medicine Cabinet!

May 14, 2010

Medicine Cabinet - Easy Project #3


I took 30 minutes and returned to my bathroom medicine cabinet to see how it could be tweaked.   

Cleaning the medicine cabinet is one of those quick organizing projects that can be completed in half an hour or less.   We tend to crowd items into it without removing things that have been in there for years. 

It was so easy!  I found some medicine that was clearly past its expiration date…gone!  I also found travel items that were moved to a drawer where I keep similar items.  I got rid of the mouthwash that I don’t like. 

You may remember that I cleared my bathroom at the beginning of the year.  This is proof that the second time around there’s always more stuff that is overlooked or kept during the first organizational effort. 

One, two, three…time to toss stuff from your medicine cabinet!  Let me know how long it takes and the results!

Converting Clutter into Cash!

February 3, 2010

Alchemists believed that you could transform the properties of base metals and create gold. 

Many of us have a hidden gold stash in our homes…our clutter!  During the last two weeks, I have sold three items and pocketed $150 from those sales! 

There are all sorts of ways to convert clutter into cash. 

eBay – Even with the listing, selling, and paypal fees, this is a great source for selling items.  It’s easy to learn and as long as you are correct in your descriptions, pack your items carefully, and ship promptly, you can make a profit.  One year, I averaged over $1,000 per month as I went through my first uncluttering phase. 

Consignment stores are another great way to move items out of your home and make some money on the side!  Call the stores near you to find out what their guidelines are.  It often takes several months to sell and collect your percentage of the items you consign.  The upside is that once the items are out of your house, you don’t have to do anything else except call and pick up your check! 

Craigslist – The primary advantage is the free listing service and most of your buyers are local, thus eliminating the hassle of shipping items. 

Yard sales – I was once a yard sale queen!  My friend, Kathryn, and I held two or three yard sales annually for five years!  The adage of your junk being someone else’s treasure is true!  What we did not sell, we repacked for the next garage sale.  After repacking the same unsold items two times, we donated what was left after the third sale.  You can literally earn hundreds of dollars in one day while watching lots of items be taken away by their new owners! 

If you have old, worn gold jewelry that is not worth the cost of repair, you can sell the gold.  Some jewelers offer this service as well as for silver items. 

These are some of the more common methods for selling items you are no longer need or want. 

Look around to discover what you can transmute into gold! 

Sold on eBay!


Sold on Craigslist!

Discovering Hidden Treasures!

January 31, 2010

Discovered Treasures!

The beauty of thoroughly uncluttering and eliminating items from my home is the discovery of hidden treasures!

While organizing the kitchen utensil drawer, I came across a forgotten nut pick! 

My cats are happy because I also found two bags (one unopened) of catnip.  I promptly put some on their scratch posts and they are having a fine time!

I had forgotten about a pet brush that ionizes as you brush.  One of my cats liked it; the others attacked it!   That office supply drawer (obviously the wrong place for storing two pet grooming items) also yielded a pet comb.   My vet had recently recommended this type of comb for my cats! 

Another wonderful find:  a great photo of my SO and me from a New England vacation and since I also unearthed an unused frame, it is now sitting on my work desk.   Perfect!

Best of all, as I unpacked a box of kitchen items, I rediscovered a set of dessert plates, tea kettle, and cups.  I bought these when I was 19 or 20 from a retail store where my friend, Carol, worked part-time during college.  The colors and design have always been one of my favorites.   It’s amazing to me that they still rank near the top of my kitchen ware as items I truly enjoy having.  You can see the colors and style in the photo on top. 

How fine to discover hidden treasures!

Pouf! It’s Gone!

December 13, 2009

I’m a professional organizer and often clients will give me items as a “thank you” and because they wish to have that object leave their home!   I took a sitting stool cushion that was well used…don’t ask me why…it caught my interest!  It’s black, scuffed, and the bottom is held together by duct tape!  It matches nothing in my home although my cats have enjoyed using it as a step stool to jump to the next higher piece of furniture!  It’s not even comfortable for seating or as a foot rest!  I photographed it and placed it in my car…it’s gone!

Time to convert clutter into cash!  I listed nine items tonight on eBay.  (You can check out my listings under my seller name:  Rosehilllady.)  What doesn’t sell will be donated next week after the listings expire.  My goal is to list anything new I have not used within the last two years that is appropriate for a holiday gift unless I know someone who can use that item.  I am carefully thinking about each item as I do not wish to burden my friends with additional clutter or things they will not use!

I have a book I’ve listed twice that has not sold.  It’s also in my car, the recyle center near me has a library for anyone to use so I often take books there.  (If you live in Houston, Texas, check out the Westpark Recyling Center for donating books and arts and crafts supplies:

Pouf!  They’re gone!