In my first week of self-isolation during the coronavirus, I have found it challenging to set up a new routine. I am self-employed and was already accustomed to working at home so it surprised me that I found it difficult to create a schedule that felt satisfying. I felt scattered and anxious, which reduced my focus.
I love books and over the years, I have bought many of them. I have also had to develop the habit of thinning them out every year so that they don’t take over my house!
Are your file cabinets stuffed with old, obsolete items? Are your digital files a mess? This week, let’s discuss paper and digital files.
Staying home more during the coronavirus precaution period can have advantages. In order for us to cope and adjust to a change in our usual patterns, we must adapt to new routines. You may wish to create new structure to your day by setting up time blocks of activities.
Pictures are easy to take but if not curated, can be a clutter nightmare. If your photo collection is not in a state of organization that would be considered a gift to your loved ones if you died today, you have work to do!
Fast fashion and too much clothing stuffed in our closets is another form of clutter. This week, let’s talk about clothes. As a starting point, we need to understand Fast Fashion. According to Wikipedia, “Fast fashion is a contemporary term used by fashion retailers for designs that move from catwalk quickly to capture current fashion trends. A second, critical definition adds that fast fashion is not only about quickly moving from runway to store to consumer, but also to the garbage.”
Collections can be fabulously fun but also potentially a burden to those we leave behind. This week I will talk about collections. Collections can be meaningful for the collector. It can be fun to search for new additions. It may be a source of pride to show others your collections.
Tax receipts and old returns can become clutter. This week we tackle tax prep and old tax returns. First let’s talk about old tax returns.
The younger generations may soon forget about or throw out precious family memorabilia if they don’t know the story behind the object. This week, find a family treasure and make sure the story is recorded about its significance. Record in writing and tell a family member as much as you know about it.
Closets are often filled with clutter. Perhaps they are stuffed to the brim of things we no longer use but have not taken the time to sort. This week, pick a closet, any closet. Grab some trash bags or empty boxes and set some time aside to tackle this project. First, empty it. Take every item out and then clean the closet by vacuuming or dusting.