If you know me you know I hate clutter. For as long as I can remember, I have always had slight anxiety when it came to things just laying around and taking up space. So, you can imagine the small panic attacks I have walking around my work-in-progress new home. The funny thing about clutter is that it doesn’t always mean there’s too much mail sitting on your coffee table. In fact, clutter can consume spaces that are both physical and mental. While I continue to work on decluttering my own space, I figured I would share some tips and tricks that I use to stay organized.
Unsubscribe from junk email: Did you know that instead of spending precious minutes sifting through junk email to delete it, you can actually stop it from coming to your inbox altogether? Next time a political campaign or dating website shoots you an unwanted sales email, scroll to the bottom of the email and you will see a quick hyperlink called ‘Unsubscribe.’ Sure it may take a minute or two to go through the cancellation process, but it will save you a ton of time (and frustration) in the long run.
Sign up for paperless billing: This one is sort of a given considering it is 2014, but it you have not jumped onto the paperless bandwagon – it’s time! Hand over the pen and paper and start clicking away. Whether you decide to do online bill pay with your bank, or have paperless statements emailed to you from your billing companies, using this approach can do wonders for you. You can help save the environment and cut down on the stacks of paper covering what used to be your furniture all in one step!
Create a storage system: There is nothing I love more in a home than storage. Give me a shelf, a bookcase, a dresser, heck I will take a plain basket and turn it into the a useful piece of storage. Having lived in a variety of homes including a very small apartment downtown, I have found that storage is the most effective way to stay both organized and clean in the home. Everything from incoming mail to seasonal clothing can be helped and clutter free by simply developing a storage system.
Make friends with the App Store: As someone who uses her smartphone to (almost) it’s maximum potential, I am going to encourage you to all do the same. Now and days people are spending hundreds of dollars on smartphones to text and Facebook. Hey – I do it too, but why not get a little more bang for your buck? There are thousands of apps out there that can help you remove the clutter from your life. Want to store all of your favorite websites, recipes and passwords without writing them all down on a paper you will loose by the end of the week? Want to create to-do lists that you can share and manage with other people in your home or company? Maybe you just want to track all of the mini cupcakes you ate at a work birthday party today. There’s an app for all of that!Pin It