Earlier this year, I spent some time registering on a website and attempting to get rid of some junk mail. You sign up and enter a bunch of codes (from the back of the mail) to stop receiving unwanted catalogs and junk mail. I noticed a few items that stopped coming, but most have not. I have also noticed an increase in others.
If you make a purchase online, you are automatically on their mailing list. But then some of those companies sell their mailing list to other companies, and you get more unwanted mail.
Wayne loves a company named Filson. He orders things regularly on their site and I purchase gifts for him as well. I now receive the same catalogs he gets, and we get a half a dozen other catalogs that sell similar stuff. I called to have my name taken off the Filson mailing list, but that hasn’t removed my name from the list they sell. It’s frustrating and should be illegal, or at least an option when you make the original purchase.
Either way, my goal to stop unwanted junk mail wasn’t successful. I still go through the mail while standing over the recycling bin. It’s wasteful. I feel like I shouldn’t have to recycle their junk. It seems that calling every company directly to remove my address might be the best solution.
Today, I started clearing the clutter in my holiday closet. Ironically, I pulled out a few items for Halloween and put them up in the house, but the majority of the Halloween decorations I don’t really like and don’t want to use. Obviously, I won’t be using these and they will be donated.
I also realized that it’s time to invest in a few large plastic bins to store things in. I have been using cardboard boxes and they are falling apart and the items inside end up getting dusty. I’ll watch for a sale and buy some in bulk.
Ultimately, I’d like to get this closet down to a box or less of one holiday. I have quite a few boxes of decorations for Christmas…so this might be hard. And yet, we don’t use all of them and many need to go.
Last summer, we started having people over to play cards and we are typically outside. So a new addition to this closet is all of the summer plastic outdoor items we use. I’ll need some space for this too.
It’ll be nice to get this closet organized and have a little more space in it. Since the closet is in the guest room, it would also be nice if I have some space for our guests to hang some clothes as well.
Yesterday, I went to an auction to buy things to sell online. Typically, I get my purchases and get them home to sort them out and figure out where I will list them. Sometimes this process takes me a week and other times months go by until I get through it all.
While I was waiting for the guy to tell me which door to pull my car up to…I watched while people loaded their cars with the bins they won. I noticed that several people had bins set up inside their cars or trucks, and they sorted everything as they took it out of the bin they won. Smart idea. It makes sorting much easier if you don’t have to do it when you get home. It motivated me to begin listing items right away. I only had a few hours, but I listed quite a few things after I got home (which is the way it should be).
I know some people do this for a living and they must have an area or storage unit to organize all of their inventory. Having an area set up for business items is ideal, and it helps to organize them in the most efficient way. In a sense, I see these items as clutter because they are not meant for me to use. But if I want to make a sale, I need to buy and store them. I think it is necessary for me to change the way I think about these items; it is a necessity.
Perhaps organizing them more efficiently or esthetically is the key for me. It has always been important to me for things to look good. And right now, this area really doesn’t look good and it isn’t organized well. It is a little difficult to find things easily. This may be a project for the future, but having large plastic bins instead of boxes that break easily should be on the list for better organization.
This week, I cleaned out the closet in my home office. I have a couple of bins of paperwork in there, but the rest of it is used as an overflow closet for my accessories, etc. Our house was built in 1950 and the closets are really small; or perhaps we just buy and use too much stuff these days. So I have a small closet in the bedroom that I use daily, and the things in this closet I use occasionally. Again (I am seeing a trend here), I found items I have never used that went into the get rid of pile. I typically use the same purse for six months or more, but I had over 20 purses in this closet. They were really cute purses, but if you never use them then what are they for? In my case? Decoration, I guess.
I did fill up a whole box of stuff (mostly pink stuff) for my 5-year-old niece. I think she’ll love it.
I love how much room and space I have now in these areas that were really crowded a few weeks ago. I can actually find exactly what I am looking for.
I’d recommend to anyone to go through everything in your house/apartment at least once a year. It is amazing the things you’ll find and it will keep you from buying something that you already own (I hate it when that happens).
This week, I have also been going through my ebay sales stuff. Getting rid of the stuff that hasn’t sold and organizing my ebay auctions a little better. It feels good. I am thinking about going to the auctions tomorrow and getting some new stuff (to sell) for the winter. I don’t spend much money at the auction (anymore), and I am there for a few hours, but I can make $400-500 a month for quite a while on those purchases. And I won’t get another chance until next year to go on a Friday.
The other day, I cleaned out my dresser. I went through drawer by drawer (even though I didn’t think I needed to) and reviewed each piece of clothing or jewelry. It’s amazing the stuff I keep. Things I haven’t worn (maybe ever) and some things I forgot I had.
Last night, I went up to Snowbird (ski resort) and the weather report said that it would get into the low 40s. Luckily, as I dressed for the night, I remembered a scarf I had in my newly organized scarf drawer. I grabbed it, used it and loved it.
I think I need to get into the habit of going through the items I own on a regular basis. Otherwise, I (apparently) won’t use it. Out of sight, out of mind. I also came to the realization that I have too many socks. I am not sure how I ever collected so many. The dresser drawer was stuffed full of them. I put quite a few pair in the pile to be donated, and noticed that most of them still had tags on them. I’d love to be able to add up all of them money I’ve spent on things I’ve never worn…well maybe, I really don’t want to know that total. 🙂
I’ve started a pile of stuff to be donated, and other pile for my niece who loves pink. It’ll be fun to send her a box of stuff I won’t use anymore. The large jewelry box is now my focus. I know I have a few items in there that need to be repaired. I typically never think about it until I want to wear one of them and of course, then I don’t have the time.
I’ve been thinking about my no TV project on Saturday, and I’m looking forward to it. I’d like to make a list of all the things I’d like to get done, but I’m also interested in planning it as I go. I think I might enjoy it a little more. Typically, if I try to do a bunch of things in one day my back will start to hurt after a few hours…so I’ll need to pace myself. I’ll keep you posted.
This is a great Ted Talks video (only 5 minutes) called “Less Stuff More Happiness.” I love it. I agree wholeheartedly. I love the design of his small NYC apartment. Genius.