Uncomplicate your closet…in 5 minutes for free!

I love to save time….almost as much as I hate wasting time!! 

And I love to share the sneaky tricks to saving time and getting organized without realizing it. Easier is always better, at least when it comes to clearing clutter and creating order.

So today’s tips are all about how to #uncomplicate your closet and these will take you than 5 minutes. I promise.

  1. Clear out all of the empty hangers in your closet. I’m talking about the metal hangers from the dry cleaners and the store hangers that held the dress that you bought that you no longer need. Unless there is something specific that lives on that hanger, get rid of it. Put it in another closet or give it away.
  2. Clear out all of the empty boxes. These can be shoe boxes, jewelry boxes, gift boxes, or delivery boxes. I’m looking at you, Amazon! Unless you store something in that box, get rid of it!
  3. Clear out any trash on the floor or shelf. Toss all of the old receipts, packing lists, and tissue paper. 
  4. Get rid of excess shopping bags. You probably don’t have as many of these because of online shopping but you can still look through your closet for any remaining. 
  5. Throw out and recycle dry cleaners bags. You know how I feel about these. 😩 Because it’s August you probably don’t have a lot of them in your closet but what you do have, you don’t need. They can be recycled at most grocery store chains.

See what I mean? Tossing these items should take you less than 5 minutes  unless it’s been a loooong time since you’ve last done it. 

Doesn’t your closet look better? And you didn’t have to make any decisions about whether to keep or toss. You just got rid of the stuff you know you don’t need! Yay, you!

Easy and painless is so much better, don’t you think?

Uncomplicate your inbox

Email went from a delightful novelty 20+ years ago to the mainstay of our personal and professional lives. Couple it with social media and you’ve got a major reason for why people are distracted and overwhelmed every time they look at their phones and computers.

TOO MUCH INFORMATION 

Decluttering your email inbox is a great activity you can do when you’re waiting in line or just sitting in the air conditioning trying to cool off. Deleting old, no longer needed messages is great but what if you just had fewer to deal with in the first place?

This week is a great time to #uncomplicate your email by unsubscribing to emails you don’t read, no longer want, or didn’t sign up for in the first place.
 

  1. Set a timer for 5 minutes. You’ll be amazed at how much you can get done in just 5 minutes!
  2. On your computer, I think it’s helpful to resort your inbox so you look at it with fresh eyes. Sort by “from” to see all your messages grouped by sender. 
  3. If you’ve got a lot from a real person, you may just want to select all from that person and delete.
  4. Notice the ones from stores, restaurants, magazines, or services you don’t use and start the Unsubscribe process.
  5. It is required that if you have people sign up for a newsletter, there has to be a way to opt out. Most companies put this at the bottom of the email with the word “unsubscribe.”  The text can be very small and sometimes hard to find but it’s there. 
  6. Delete the message once you’ve unsubscribed. It’s easy to delete a lot if you’ve sorted by sender. Click away on unsubscribe until your alarm goes off.   You’ll get through a lot more than you realize.

The best part of this exercise is that you can see results almost immediately. Your inbox number is smaller than when you started and you’ve got the hang of unsubscribing down. You’ll get fewer emails in the future and have to do this task less and less. 💪🏻

Challenge yourself this week to declutter your inbox AND unsubscribe from unwanted emails. You’ll feel much lighter and have less junk to look at (literally!). 

Uncomplicate life: Important PSA

Happy mid-August! You’ve made it through 2/3 of a year that you’ll never forget. We are as busy as ever doing our best to keep up yet we do need to take a pause at times and think of the future. Whatever is going on right this minute will pass whether you love it or hate it.

Putting aside all of the social, medical, international, and political issues we are dealing with every day, I know I will never forget this year for another reason that some of you can relate to as well.

2020 is the year that my dear mother passed away. She passed peacefully at home surrounded by her family which is exactly what she wanted. I am so happy we were able to spend as much time together as we did this year in spite of all that has transpired.

While your parents’ death is something that we all have to face at some point in our lives, nothing will prepare you for it. You truly don’t know what it will be like until it happens. And then you join the friends who have already lost their parents in grief solidarity. 

I do want to keep this message positive and cheerful and I want you to benefit from my experience. It has always been my mission to make other people’s lives less complicated and this is no exception.

This will not take 5 minutes but it is worth every second it takes you.

August is National Write Your Will Month but I want you to focus on your parents’ will. Check with your parents and see if they have a will.

This could be awkward and uncomfortable but it is essential. You can even use this message as a way to kick off the conversation. “I read this email by this amazing organizer who talked about her mother’s will. By the way, have you done yours?”

Hopefully they have already written one. Fortunately, my not always organized mother had written her will. It was printed on exquisite paper and carefully labeled in her file cabinet.

However, it had not been notarized. It was written when she lived in another state. We were able to take care of this in time but it was a good lesson in trust but verify. I am not a legal expert but I can tell you that having to deal with NOT having a will at the time of her passing would have added an unnecessary and completely avoidable headache to an already difficult time. 

To continue the conversation and help ease when you will have to deal with this situation in the future, there are other questions you can consider.

While this is certainly not a comprehensive list of what you need to prepare for your parents, it’s a start.
  • Do you have a will?
  • Is it current?
  • Is it legal & notarized?
  • Do you have a financial and medical power of attorney?
  • Do you have an advanced directive?
  • Do you know where you want to be buried?
  • Do you want to be cremated?
  • Is there anything that you want to happen when you  pass away? I’m thinking of scattering ashes or family get together.
  • What do you want to happen to your home/ car/ furniture/ pets/ jewelry?
  • Do you have final charitable gifts you want made?
This is definitely not my favorite uncomplicate and get organized topic. I delayed writing this a few weeks because of its sensitive nature but finally realized this is something that will apply to everyone. If not for your parents, then definitely for yourself. 

Make a note to have some important conversations with your parents. Call an attorney friend and have them refer you to a specialist who can help with your or their will. You won’t regret it and neither will they.

Let’s uncomplicate life where we can.