Do you feel it in the air? It’s nearly fall! Crisp, clear, and full of possibilities. After the long, lazy days of summer, I’m feeling the nudge to get organized and clear out the clutter.
Believe it or not, I actually want to get organized! I’m motivated to get rid of excess papers in the office, clothes in the closets, and cobwebs in my brain–and I’d better act fast, because I know once that feeling is gone—it’s gone!
First: Corral the Clutter
How about a little organization inspiration? The stylish office, above, is enough to inspire my inner neat freak.
I love the way the room starts with a base of simple, but practical shelves and cubicles. Then the baskets are added in, both with and without lids. Just imagine how much stuff you could store in that many baskets!
In addition, the white notebooks provide great way to organize papers while blending into the cubicles. So smart!
Of course, decorative elements weren’t ignored, from the great sconces above the cubicles, to the colorful floral arrangement, the bold patterned chair, the gorgeous desk, and the lovely lamp. Something tells me this is the office of an interior designer. (The swatches were a bit of a tip-off!)
As proof of how effective all of these organizational elements are, notice how clean the desk is! By the way, these tips don’t just apply to the office. Using baskets, bins, shelves, and cubbies is a great way to organize and declutter your kitchen, bathrooms, laundry room, play rooms, closets, and storage spaces.
My plan is to hit Target and TJ Maxx this weekend in search of baskets, bins, drawer dividers, etc. The Container Store is also a great place to find everything you need for organizing your home and life.
Next: Weed through my Wardrobe
Once my office is organized, it’s on to my clothes closet. I have to admit, I’m ready to make the transition from my light summer garb to cozy sweaters, blazers, scarves, and boots.
I tend to keep my wardrobe pretty lean, although my husband might beg to differ. In addition to the clothes hanging in my closet, I keep two large plastic bins up on the top shelf of our closet to hold my out-of-season clothes.
I’ve found I’d rather buy new clothes instead of hanging on to old things just in case I might eventually need them. I don’t apply this rule to special occasion items like dresses, fancy shoes, and nice suits, though.
As I make the switch from summer clothes to fall, I’ll also choose clothes for donation. Anything that wasn’t worn all summer, and which I don’t think I’ll want to wear next summer, gets placed in a pile. I then make a list of everything I’m donating and take a couple of photos for tax purposes.
Next, I place everything in large shopping bags with handles and throw them in the back of my car, ready for delivery. I think dropping off the donations is my favorite part of my closet cleanout!
Finally: Banish Brain Drain
Last, but definitely not least, is clearing out the mental cobwebs.
I’ve found that doing things like organizing the office, cleaning out closets, or even just tackling the junk drawer, can be amazingly uplifting for the spirit.
There’s definitely something about having too much stuff that causes me to feel mentally weary.
Getting rid of excess helps lighten the load on my brain, elevating my mood, giving me clarity, and allowing me to concentrate on the things that really matter.
As a bonus, getting rid of excess stuff makes my day run smoother.
Having fewer clothes in my closet makes getting dressed in the morning a breeze–for one thing, I can actually see what I own. Plus, my clothes don’t get as wrinkly when they’re not all smushed together. Less ironing! Another reason to feel happier!
Another way I rid myself of mental clutter is to notice my thoughts. If I realize that I’m spending a lot of mental energy rehashing the same thoughts over and over again, I immediately try to change my thinking, because I know this kind of behavior will wear me out!
Some books that have helped me with this include:
Yes, fall is the perfect time for clearing the clutter, letting go of the old, and embracing the new.
Get ready for new opportunities, a new attitude, and a new you!