Organizing affectively


Organizing affectively is easy by learning what you have and you don’t need, then creating homes for each categorized item.

Set a budget if you need extra storage in catalogues, online, on the high street.

Go through everything you have first and create three sections or use 3 storage bins and separate the items into keep, donate and dispose.

Start with paper work first, kids toys, then books, magazines and newspapers, these are the main culprits when it comes to clutter. You end up collecting and buying so many that it can become overwhelming.

Once you have separated the items you wish to keep, donate and dispose then dispose what you don’t need, bag all the items to donate and then go through the keep items.

Create categories and sections for the items you have chosen to keep, such as finance papers, toys, notebooks, stationary, online receipts and high street receipts are an example of how to do this.

Create one area and you can use a suitcase or toy bag for all the kids toys so you can zip them away when not being played with.

You will have to be strict with yourself and say to yourself “Do I need this” “Is this going to change my life if I keep or destroy”?

It will help have another person to help, who has ruefulness.

To donate or dispose worn unusable toys do it whilst the kids are at school so they don’t think you are getting them out to play. Do it whilst they are sleeping or at nursery.

Once you know what you have in terms of paperwork then you can workout what space you have and use a ring binder for separating your finance papers, into statements, invoices, letters and household bills. I keep my household bills and online receipts separate in a ring binder; my bank statements, mobile phone bills and bank letters all in a file box.

I will take photos of the items I use currently to give ideas by creating an organization gallery.

For notebooks (new ones) they are all in a box in my storage unit,in the living room as I use them for journalling, everyday notes and lists and for my projects such as my blogs. Partly or complete used notebooks I keep only with important information for my websites, blogs and study notes.

The stores I like to buy from for stationary, storage and organizers are from Amazon as items are more cost effective, but be careful always read the reviews first; On the high street I use Paperchase, Argos, Works, Whsmiths and Wilkinsons.

There is a lovely online shop called

Whsmiths and Works do regular deals when the schools restart in September, so always investigate and learn when certain sales are on.

There are certain times of the year, such as just after Christmas to spring where people will start to change their homes and the best time is from December to May as this is when lots of the sales are on for home improvements, sales on kitchens and sofas, Argos do clearance sales regularly, and have sales around Christmas time.

Visit the Ideal Home Show in Earls Court, London which starts this year:

15 March – 1 April 2013 

The tickets are selling now please see link, which shows great gadgets for the home and ideas for your home and will inspire to create that ideal home make over.

Thanks for reading.

Carrie X

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