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At A&A Disposal are extremely interested in helping to better our clients by providing helpful hints that enrich their day-to-day lives be it a home or at work. This time we would like to offer some ideas to help you reduce your clutter so you can enjoy the feeling of a well organized home!
In saying that, here are the three most common storage issues we see our customers having; and no doubt you might even be thinking of at least one of these situations right now.
1. Piles of Papers
Sound familiar? Can you think where your bills, letters, receipts, etc. are right now? If you’re like most of us they’re probably lying around in various different places throughout your home. The best way to deal with this is by putting some structure to all those pesky piles of paper and by giving them an order of importance. For example, one way to consider is to analyze your papers for what is important and what you can recycle – that’s Step 1. Then we suggest organizing the remainder into the three categories below as a great place to start, remember you can always customize things to suit your needs:
3. Correspondence/Important Documents
The simplest way to start is by having a letter tray; one that has a top, middle and bottom. Then, all you do is put the bills on the top, receipts in the middle and important documents at the bottom and voila! Your mess is fixed! Well Step 2 is done and you have some serious momentum now so keep it going.
But – beware! This doesn’t fix your problem; it’s only a temporary solution. Make sure you take time at the end of each week to go through everything so that anything which can be recycled, filed or discarded is done so right away. That’s Step 3 but by some standards it’s the hardest because it requires us to create a routine that will serve us in the long-term. Once it is a habit in about three weeks or so you are home free. Otherwise, things will pile up again and it soon becomes another messy pile of papers to hide!
2. Exposed Shelves and Cupboards without Doors If you want to cover up shelf contents, here are two really simple things you can do!
1. Get a panel of material, (make sure it sticks to Velcro!) which you can get from stores like Michael’s
2. Get some Velcro strips that have an adhesive backing
Next, cut the panel into rectangles shapes or square shapes and ensure each panel can cover the shelf opening. Once that’s done, stick the adhesive Velcro tape to the front edges of the shelves and then stick the rectangle/square shapes to the Velcro and voila! A nice clean shelving unit without the chaos!
Or, if you want the real quick and dirty version, hang the material so it covers the whole shelf! Then all you need to do to access your things is move the material to the side.
3. Bathroom Drawers Filled to the Brim
If you share your bathroom with many people in your family then you’ll know exactly what I’m talking about here. There are all sorts of stuff that accumulate in those drawers and it never seems to stop. Here’s a quick way you can start to curb the insanity!
1. Anything that’s older than a year or is leaking gets tossed – no questions asked!
2. Only one type of product can live in a specific area of the drawer – Shampoos on one side, toothpaste on another, and so on. We hope this helps you stay clutter free and well organized!