Organizing Tips & Tricks: Liberating

Tips & Tricks

Liberating things from your home is easier than you think. 
 Start with these 4 bits of advice before you begin.
  1. Turn off your phone and concentrate 100% on liberating.
  2. Organizing and liberating should only be done when you’re energized. Are you a  morning or afternoon person?
  3. Take items off-site the same or next day; feel the sense of accomplishment.
  4. This sounds really silly, but play uplifting music, my favorite is Motown.
DO YOU WANT TO FREE YOURSELF FROM CLUTTER?
DO IT THE EASY WAY, IN STAGES. 

Organizing Ideas

Here’s my secret to “liberating” at warp speed…..
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Each stage can be completed quickly so you’ll feel successful.
STAGE 1– TRASH ONLYDo a quick walk-through of your home. When I say quick, I mean no more than 1 hour. Throw out trash, only trash.

  • Dead plants. This is bad Feng Shui!! I’m a big fan of faux plants. I know, I know, it’s not PC, but I don’t have a green thumb.
  • The electronic cable graveyard. Get rid of cables that are 4+ years old or duplicates. Please recycle these (see below).
  • Old printers and computers. Yes, there are places that will wipe your computer clean and recycle it responsibly (see below).
  • Expired food. I know this hurts, all that money you spent on food and it’s going in the trash, but will you eat expired food? I’ll talk about how to eliminate this problem in my next Newsletter.
  • Expired spices. I’m told they lose their potency in a year, not sure that’s 100% true, but how about spices that are 2, 3, 4+ years old?
  • Boxes from electronics and kitchen gadgets you’ve purchased. Trust me when you move you can find boxes that your TV, computer, printer, toaster, juicer…. will fit in.

STAGE 2: THE EASY STUFF
Focus on items that are easy to get rid of. If you have to think about whether you want to keep an item move on. This will open up a lot of space with very little effort.

Have large, heavy duty trash bags on hand. You can sort by
1. Trash, 2. Recycle, 3. Donations.
  • Clothing—ratty, soiled, and ugly clothing needs to go. Don’t worry about the size 6 you haven’t worn for 10 years, we’ll get to that later.
  • Linens, bath & dish towels— Again, ratty, soiled and ugly. Animal rescue organizations love these items (see below).
  • Toys & stuffed animals—Talk to your child about sharing the things they don’t use anymore.
  • Piles and piles of shopping bags from Safeway, Trader Joe’s, Macy’s, Tiffany’s (OK, keep that one). Keep a few at home and in your car.

STAGE 3—BY THE TIME YOU GET TO THIS LEVEL YOU’LL BE A PRO

Have large, heavy duty trash bags on hand. You can sort by
1. Trash, 2. Recycle, 3. Donations, 4. Giveaways to friends & family
Note: Be kind to your friends & family, don’t give them things they can’t use.
  • Clothing—OK, now’s the time to do a reality check. Are you ever going to be a size 4, 6, 8 again?
  • Gifts—It’s bad Juju to keep things around that aren’t being used or don’t fit into your lifestyle. It’s time to give them to someone who will treasure, enjoy and use them, i.e. the thrift store .
  • Magazines—Be vicious when getting rid of the piles and piles of magazines you’ve collected. Think about it….old magazines = old information! Hospitals, and doctor offices love getting old magazines.  Kaiser knows me as the Magazine Lady.
    Note:  How many of those magazines are you actually reading? Also, don’t save a whole magazine for one article, tear the article out and save it.
  • Books—You knew I’d get to this sooner or later! Who doesn’t like to be surrounded by books? But how many of those books will you reread or even read? Give them to thrift stores, libraries, and book sellers (see below). Let them be read by someone! This sounds harsh, but why are you being selfish with books you’ve already read and books you won’t read.

STAGE 4—Paper, Paper, Paper
Let’s talk about this later.

 

Have You Seen…?

GOOD HOMES FOR THE THINGS YOU DON’T NEED
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Family Dog Rescue
255 Alabama Street (between 15th & 16th St.), San Francisco
www.ilovefamilydog.org

Muttville
255 Alabama Street (between 15th & 16th St.), San Francisco
www.muttville.org

San Francisco Animal Care & Control
1200 15th St. (at Harrison St.), San Francisco
www.helpacc.org/home_newest.html
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Friends of the San Francisco Public Library
1630 17th Street (between Carolina St. & Wisconsin St.), San Francisco
Monday – Saturday, 10AM – 2PM
www.friendssfpl.org
Book Bliss
www.BookBlissOnLine.com
Sell Back Your Books
www.SaleBackYourBooks.com

Note: If you’d like to find out the value of a book try these sites:
www.AbeBooks.com
www.BookFinder.com
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E Waste – Electronic Recycling/Data Destruction
2915 16th Street (between S. Van Ness St. & Mission St., near Capp St.), San Francisco
Monday – Friday 8AM – 6PM  /  Saturday – Sunday 10AM – 6PM
www.ewastesf.com

Kaiser Medical Center
2238 Geary Blvd. (near Divisadero St.), San Francisco
San Francisco General Hospital
1001 Potrero Ave, (22nd & 23rd St.), San Francisco