Organization for the Disorganized

If you’ve heard of Western Minimalism or Japanese KonMari, you know that these are principles that promote happiness through living with fewer possessions and eliminating clutter. These intentional lifestyles allow only items that make you happy and are useful to live in your home. By eliminating clutter, or things that don’t bring you joy, you’ll experience less stress and have more time and money to spend.

The applications of “less is more” to home ownership and home selling are obvious. With less clutter, your home will be cozier, easier to navigate, show better to homebuyers, easier to keep straight, and easier to pack up when you sell.

The most disorganized areas in your home are typically closets, countertops and drawers. Here are a few tips to make decluttering faster and easier:

  1. Start small, one closet or drawer at a time.
  2. Assign a home for every item in the appropriate room.
  3. Organize so that you can see at a glance what is available in every storage space, from kitchen cabinets to dresser drawers.
  4. Fold sweaters and socks vertically so you can see every item.
  5. Use marked containers for small, miscellaneous or boxed items.
  6. Keep only beautiful, favorite or currently useful items.
  7. Don’t let guilt force you to keep anything you don’t want, such as gifts or expensive items you don’t like. Instead, offer these items to people you know or donate them.
  8. Remove donations and discards from the house the same day.

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Extend the Lifespan of Home Fixtures and Appliances

Something goes wrong with the air conditioner or the toilet clogs when you least expect it. Unless you’re Mr. or Ms. Fixit, you’ll have to go to the expense of calling a plumber, electrician or appliance expert to solve the problem. Unless a part has worn out, pilot error (that’s you or someone in the household) caused the malfunction.

Appliances and fixtures can be temperamental because they’re only designed to work under certain conditions, so take time to learn a little about how each product functions. Even if you don’t think you’re handy, you can do a little preventive maintenance and quick fix to handle minor problems.

To extend the life of your appliances and systems, here are 10 helpful suggestions:

  • Keep all booklets, warranties and operating instructions for every system and appliance in one convenient place.
  • Follow suggested scheduled maintenance, such as bi-annual checkups for air condition systems.
  • Keep supplies on hand – a plunger, drain cleaner, filters, etc.
  • Change heating and air filters once a month.
  • Clothes need room to tumble to get clean, so don’t overload washers.
  • Empty dryer filters with every load.
  • Don’t put potato peelings, fibrous vegetables such as celery, cooking oil or grease down any drain or disposal.
  • Run water before during and after using the disposal.
  • Put a mesh trap in your shower drain to catch hair and soap buildup.
  • Paper towels, Kleenex, baby wipes and cat litter can quickly clog a toilet, even if the box says the contents are safe to flush.

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