Posts Tagged ‘clutter’

Your Clutter Can Help Others

June 7, 2012

You’ve decided to declutter – to make the tough calls over what to keep and what to let go of. The vase you don’t like, the baby outfit that was outgrown before it was worn, the couch that clashes with your new decor – they’re all going, but they’re too nice to put in the bin. The most effective way to stop the unwanted creep back into your domain, is to part with it while the decision is fresh. Sure, you could load up the car and try to squeeze it into a charity bin in the supermarket carpark…

Or you could make one phone call and have it taken off your hands.

One charity to call is the Epilepsy Foundation, who are happy to pick up a large variety of goods from your home as a donation to the Epilepsy Op Shops. These unwanted items – including furniture, manchester, bric-a-brac, electrical, clothing and most miscellaneous items – are sold in their Op Shops to help provide services to the thousands of people each year who contact the Foundation each year, seeking support and counselling around epilepsy. So if you have anything you’ve been meaning to get rid of that’s in saleable condition, please contact the Epilepsy Foundation on 9805 9111.

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How to Avoid Organising Mistake #2

December 31, 2011

In the 7 Common Mistakes of DIY Organising Projects, mistake #2 was

Buy the storage solutions at the start of the project

Why is that a big mistake?

Frankly, it’s not uncommon for me to arrive at an organising consultation to find a room piled high with neat boxes and baskets and containers, all as yet unused, all representing a significant $ investment, and actually causing some of the clutter problem I am there to help out with.

And what’s more…

  1. Until the first stages of the project are completed – sorting, purging, organising – you can’t accurately determine how much, which type or size of container or other product you’ll need.
  2. Storage solutions are very often someone else’s (typically a manufacturer or retailer) idea of what you need.
  3. They can rack up to quite an investment, and that’s not something you want to take a stab in the dark at.
  4. And you may well not need anything new at all.  Often it’s possible to reuse things already on hand.

The right time to think about storage solutions is towards the end of the project when you will get a much clearer picture of what sort is required, what will look good in the space and how much you will need.

Read more in The Truth about Storage Solutions.

Next time we’ll tackle mistake #3.