There are 5 key areas in most homes that become overstuffed and need regular editing or purging to keep them organized and to create space. Editing on a regular basis will prevent you from out-growing your space.
1. Files: Open your file drawers, glance at the files, look for the thickest files. Pull them out, one at a time. Pull old pamphlets, papers, or brochures from the file. Look for paper that is taking up a lot of space (a large brochure) in the folder. Can it be tossed or recycled? Is it out of date? Do you really need it or will you be able to find the information on the internet? It will be much easier to file paperwork once you weed out the old papers.
2. Clothing: Are you running out of room in your closet? You may think you wear all the clothing in there but take a closer look. Donate items that fit the following criteria: too small, too large, not flattering, no longer in style or worn out. Gather all the empty hangers, recycle the wire ones and put the empty hangers in one area of your closet. If you have too many, relocate the extras to your laundry room or front closet. Now you can see what you own and have some breathing room in your closet.
3. Refrigerator: Has your refrigerator become a black hole? Food enters it and is never seen again? Time to edit it’s contents. Toss the expired items and wipe down all the surfaces. Remember to go through all the bottles and jars in the door also. A clean a healthy fridge, doesn’t that feel better?
4. Pantry: Same as the refrigerator. Toss the expired items. Wipe down shelves. Categorize food and label shelves.
5. Reading Material: Are your bookshelves at maximum capacity? Consider donating books you have read to a local library or shelter. Be real with yourself, how likely is it that you will reread them? Put away the odds and ends that have gravitated to the bookshelf.
Edit one of these areas each month and you find it easier to maintain organization and not out grow your space.
What area are you going to edit this week?