Stop Clutter Before It Starts

Posted by on Jun 21, 2014 in Nikki works with Elizabeth, the Professional Organizer | 0 comments

Stop Clutter Before It Starts

When was the last time you put your car in the garage? Is the clutter in your garage growing? Learn how to stop clutter before it starts.
Nikki and Elizabeth, her Professional Organizer, are clearing out the garage so Nikki’s car can move out of the hot sun and into the garage. Right now, that’s impossible because of all the clutter. Today Nikki and Elizabeth will be organizing the items Nikki uses to decorate the house for major holidays and different seasons.
In January, Elizabeth helped Nikki develop an inventory and storage system for her Christmas decorations. The labeled Christmas boxes are all stacked and ready to go on their designated shelves. Nikki also has several other boxes of decorations for each season, and numerous store bags full of decorations. When Elizabeth asks about the shopping bags, Nikki explains that she can’t resist a bargain, so she buys new items after every season. There’s no room for the new items to be put away, so the clutter keeps growing.
As they sort through the boxes, they find a lot more decorating stuff than Nikki expected. Looking at the space available and the amount of stuff, Elizabeth reminds Nikki that two objects can’t occupy the same space at the same time. Nikki replies, “I guess that means I’m going to have to get rid of a lot of this stuff, to get the car in,” as she sees the heat waves coming off her car. She agrees she will keep only what will fit in the space allocated to decorations.
Nikki and Elizabeth begin by gathering all the loose items and sorting them by season. They pick a season, find the corresponding box, and unpack it. Everything Nikki wants to keep has to fit in the box. Elizabeth encourages her to save only “the best of the best.”
Nikki is upset when she realizes many of her after season bargains are going into the donate box because they won’t fit in the boxes. She asks Elizabeth if she is ever going to be able to buy anything new. Elizabeth reminds her of the “one in one out” rule to keep clutter from piling up. If she purchases something new, she has to let go of something she already has so the new item will fit in the box. Elizabeth suggests that before she buys anything, she ask herself if the new item is more important than the item she will have to let go. “If you buy something new, but hold on to what you already have, in no time you’ll be back in the Easy Bake® automobile,” Elizabeth warns.
After the boxes are properly labeled and put away, Nikki realizes that having only a few special things and her car in the garage is the best bargain.

Learn along with Nikki as she and Elizabeth, the Professional Organizer, get the house organized room by room.
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