Wednesday, October 03, 2007

Works for me Wednesday - decluttering & time-saving

It's backwards day at Rocks in my dryer and instead of me telling you what works for me, you get to answer my questions! What fun!!!

So here are my two questions

1. What is your best decluttering tip ever??
2. What is your favourite time-saving tip?

I had the bright idea of putting these in an e-book and offering them as a free PDF on this blog. Woohoo. Win-win.

And now, I'm off to do my own WFMW visiting.


Unknown said...

My best de cluttering tip would be to put the timer on for 15 minutes and work hard decluttering in that time. You can always do another 15 mins later or after that!

My favourite time saving tip is to write bill due dates & amounts in my diary when I receive them.

Corrie Haffly said...

Decluttering tip: Clear one surface down to just what *should* be there. It will look so good, you'll want to clear another surface!

Time-saving tip: "Do it now." Then you won't have to waste energy thinking about it later.

Unknown said...

never let it pile up! whenever you see stuff where it's not supposed to be, put it away. stay on top of your clutter and it won't overwhelm you! :)

Sarah W. said...

My best tip is to get clutter out of the house as soon as possible. I list all of my "treasures" on freecycle (if you have that in your area...a thrift shop works too), and usually even the most random of things are gone in a few days. I used to figure I'd save it for a garage sale, but I never had the ability to wait that long!
Oh, and throw out mail as soon as possible!

My time saving tip is to do things little by little instead of waiting until you have so much mess that it takes an entire day to sort through it all!

JCK said...

Hi Marcia,

Thanks so much for all of your fabulous tips on helping me get control of the overflow of my daughter's art work! Very helpful tips.

The best declutter tip I have is to go through the mail immediately, every day. I distribute it to: junk mail to recycle bin, credit card offers or anything with personal information to the shredder, bills to the bill folder, and the "to be read" stuff to the "Read" file. Of course, if there is anything fun in the mail it gets opened right away! :)

My best time saving tip is to make the children's & hubby's lunches the night before. Saves so much stress! Also, we just started a new rule where the children have to be dressed before they can have breakfast. This ensures less delay with getting everyone out the door to preschool.

Beth Dargis said...

My Best Decluttering Tip - don't let clutter in the house. If you do bring something in the house, get rid of a similar item. 1 in 1 out.

My Best Time Tip - time how long it takes you to do daily things like email, dishes, and going through the mail and then schedule in these routine items daily. Otherwise these pile up.

Mrs. Brownstone @ XBOX Wife said...

My best decluttering tip is to box it up and move it out...immediately. For example, I recently went through my closet and removed everything that I was not wearing because it was either too big or too little. zthe clothing was all in excellent condition, and I could have made some money on eBay or in a garage sale; but instead, I bagged it up and immediately took it to a resale shop where ALL of the proceeds benefit battered women.

My best time-saving tips are to multi-task and to plan out your errand day so you don't do a lot of backtracking! This saves gas, too!

Thanks for stopping by my blog!

Kris said...

Thanks for the comment on my blog about the hair bands! As for your question...I think my best tip would be the "one touch" rule. All papers/mail/ and even items get one touch. Either straight to the trash, in the office files, or in the basket for upstairs. This seems to work for me so I don't keep making new piles or leave things to pile up for later. Hope that helps!

Amanda said...

Decluttering tips - Prevention is the best way - Remember that there will always be a sale but you do not always have to be a part of it!! A bargain is not always a bargain.

Also I find decluttering easier if I am going to give the stuff to someone who needs it - toys to local playgroup, clothes to friends who need them etc.

Marcia Francois said...

Amanda - your comment made me LOL.

I need to start telling myself I don't have to participate in every sale :)