Football season is in full-swing, but if you’re not a big fan, you can easily use these fall Saturdays and Sundays to finish up our year of organization!
Homework from Week #38
Homework: Clear your desk of everything, clean the surface, and then add back your items ONLY as you use them. Bet you’ll find you only need about half the stuff you’ve been keeping stacked up on your desk surface.
What I have on my desktop: computer and monitor, pen cup, trivet for my drinks, card bleacher from Levenger, quote Rolodex, Post-its, and papers for current project. That’s it, and I straighten it every evening.
Week #40 & 41 – Organizing Your Attic & Basement
Okay, this week could be a biggie depending on how big a packrat you’ve been over the years. We’re heading both up and down into the attic and basement. C’mon, stop pouting and let’s have a look around.
What do you use your attic for? Is it a dumping ground for items you otherwise don’t know what to do with? I’m a huge believer that spaces like the attic, if filled with junk, can be a huge psychological weight, so let’s see what we can do to make you lighter.
- In order to clean out the attic, you may have to pull things OUT of the attic (yes, feel free to shout curse words at me because I can’t hear you anyway.).
- Try to separate items into categories—memorabilia, stuff that was dumped on you by family members, children’s item, etc.
- Ask yourself why you’re keeping an item. Do you need it? Do you love it? Will you ever use it again? Will someone else?
- The attic is great garage sale fodder, so consider that as one of your purge piles (toss, donate, keep, sell).
- Get rid of the toss and donate piles ASAP.
- For your “keep” pile, give every family member one plastic tub and allow them to keep whatever they can fit inside.
- Place everything in your “keep” pile in a bin/container. Then label them (you’ll thank yourself later).
- Attics are super hot down here in the south, so I wouldn’t recommend keeping photos or other fragile items in the attic.
I’ll admit I don’t know much about basements because I’ve never had one, and they scare me about as much as clowns and dolls do.
But here are a few hints for down below:
- As with the attic, don’t use this space as a general dumping ground.
- Do your grand toss, donate, keep, sell purge.
- Items returned to the basement should be organized into zones and categories (same strategy can be used in the attic).
- Moisture can be an issue – are you protecting your items? Perhaps buy a dehumidifier.
Homework: Go into your attic and/or basement. If just the sight gives you palpitations, schedule when you will clean out each. If you can start on the actual clean-out project, hooray for you!
Today is Talk Like A Pirate Day. I say put a patch on too and see if you can discombobulate your neighbors. And hey, wearing a peg leg gets you bonus points!