When you're talking about organization there's a rule to live by that will save you all sorts of hassle: Garbage in, garbage out. You might have heard in other contexts but what I mean here is that once you bring something into your home something else has to go.
We all have a finite amount of space and if you're like me every closet in your home is being used--I've never known anyone to have extra storage space because it's human nature to fill whatever closets and cabinets you may be blessed with to capacity. Think of gold fish, who will eat and grow as big as their tank allows--my junk kind of follows the same principles, absorbing any space I'll allow it.
SO . . . since everyone has a limited amount of storage and I'd bet money your shelves are full every time you bring anything new into the house something else has to go or else you'll have be overrun by stuff and that means clutter.
For example: It's easy when it comes to food because we're constantly consuming whatever I buy but clothing? If you buy a spring wardrobe you need to purge the closet of the things you don't use. Toss those shoes that you haven't worn for a year. Get rid of the stuff your kids can't wear anymore. If you really will use something again--such as baby clothes--then pack them away properly until that time when you really will need it. If you probably won't use it again (and play the odds people, if you're 67 and still hanging onto the box of onesies you're living in denial) then donate it to charity--that way not only are you doing something good for your closets you're doing something good for someone else.
If your children get birthday presents or holiday presents then that's a good time to clean out the toy box and get rid of a corresponding amount of junk that they don't play with anymore. Once again, you're doing good to yourself and to the charity of your choice but it's also good for your children. When children have a build up of toys not only do they not appreciate them they leave them lying around. Seriously--just get rid of their extras and enjoy the space it creates. It's completely liberating.
If you find a great book sale and come home with a stack of books then find others to donate away. Once you read a magazine don't let it linger in stacks in the basement but toss it out to be recycled. Think of it as reincarnation for the reading material you love: the magazine you toss today will come back to bless you as the magazine mailed to you tomorrow. Garbage in, garbage out--or maybe I should say good stuff in, good stuff out.
It's a good rule of thumb and helps keep the sanity going--and it help to remind us not to become too attached to "stuff."
Here are two other organization posts from my archives that you might have missed:
Handy Shopper for Palm Z22
Another Good Use for Ziploc Bags
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