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Want To Get Organized? Start small!

Updated on February 20, 2012
What am I going to do with all this STUFF??!
What am I going to do with all this STUFF??! | Source

Why Even Bother?

You see all that STUFF up there? It all came from my handbags, and I only have two! With all the clutter that could accumulate in a mother, student, artist, and person's life, the whole idea of organizing my clutter became incredibly overwhelming! So I thought, start small. I decided to begin with my two hand bags, because even though I usually know what's in there, I'm always afraid my daughter or even myself may encounter something dreadful among the unknown contents. I'm a bag pack rat! For some reason when it comes to my bags, no matter how strong my intentions to keep them organized are, everything from pedeggs to shrimp bouillon cubes ends up in there. AS YOU CAN SEE, it really is just a lot of rubbish! The task seemed quite daunting at first but it needed to be done, since one of the best things a person can do for themselves is de-clutter, and de-stress by getting organized.

Bags Before Organizing

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Easy As 1,2,3

These are my two hand bags that I started out with. . --->>>>

And now you see why I had to start getting organized, that winning $10 scratch-off expired a few months ago, and they give you a year to collect your winnings!

I just lost ten whole dollars! You might not think you'd find yourself in that same position, but how many times have you lost money that you thought you put in your wallet, or purse, or bag?


Unfortunately, these bags, containers, boxes, baskets, etc that are supposed to help us maintain organization become full of junk. And lets be honest, motivation isn't constant, just because you want to do it doesn't mean you will. So give yourself a small goal to accomplish. Lets start with the aforementioned small containers.

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Before

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Dump it!

1. Remove everything from "vessel"

Whenever you're de-cluttering, even if it's a huge room, first thing is to remove all items. It doesn't matter if you intend to keep them or not. It's better to start fresh with a clean slate.

2. Start separating items by genre, in my case:

  • Cosmetics (Make-up)

  • Cards (credit cards, business cards, I.D's etc)

  • Pens and Pencils

  • Shoes

  • receipts

  • Liquids

  • "Dangerous" objects

3. Toss what you don't NEED

Our focus at this point is to only keep what you know you will need. Not sure how necessary the item is? If it's in a bag that you use almost every day, ask yourself,

"When was the last time I used it?"

If it was in the past two weeks, you probably don't need it. Not saying you need to get rid of it completely, but perhaps put it with other least used items?

After I sorted all the clutter by genres, I made small piles that I addressed individually.

Cosmetics (Make-up)

Throw out old lipsticks, eye-liners and shadows, mascara. Wipe down frequently used and newer items that you'd like to keep using antibacterial wipes or spray.

  • These products are made to last only about a year or two, consistent contact with your porous skin means they are likely to be ridden with germs, bacteria, and dead-skin cells. Trust me, you do not want to be rubbing any of that back onto your face.


Why, When and What Costmetics should you toss.

Type of Costmetic
When To Toss
Why/ How
Powders, Concealers, lip balms
After 2 years
No water = not easily contaminated
Cleansears, Moisturizers
After 6 months
Fatty Acids = Easy Contamination
Multiuse products (sticks, creams)
After 6 months
Can spread germs around face
Pencils
Till Finished (Sharpen before use)
No fatty Acids, Minimal USE
Mascara
After 3 months
Tube will retain anything brush contacts
Foundation
After 1 Year
Clean Applicator, Airtight lid
Source: FitnessMagazine.Com http://www.fitnessmagazine.com/beauty/makeup/lips/when-should-i-throw-my-old-cosmetics-out/

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Wallet (credit cards, business cards, money, coins, I.D's etc)

Separate whats used from what you don't use. Do you really need all those reward cards in your wallet at one time? I didn't. There was no way I would be visiting the same smoothie/coffee/bubble tea shop ten times within one year and remember to have them swipe each time so I could receive a free smoothie/coffee/bubble tea on my eleventh visit.


Be sure to cut up any expired credit cards, and/or debit cards. This is very important as anyone could easily swipe these out of the garbage and use your information however they want. Survey finds that:

  • Most thieves still obtain personal information through traditional rather than electronic channels. In the cases where the method was known, 68.2% of information was obtained off-line versus only 11.6% obtained online.

  • Conventional methods such as through lost or stolen wallets, misappropriation by family and friends, and theft of paper mail are among the most common ways thieves gain access to information. (Source: Javelin/Better Business Bureau Survey - January 2006)


Bags After Organizing

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Beautiful!

That was it! It took me about twenty minutes just to do that and will be liberating until the next cleaning spree.

Honestly, I knew I didn't have it in me to revamp my entire closet, but I also knew something had to be done. Not only did I get rid of a lot of unnecessary junk, but now if my daughter decides to overturn my bag, I can rest assured that she will be a little safer.

So get out there and start organizing! It may be a small task, but its a big step in taking control of your clutter!

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    • precy anza profile image

      precy anza 

      5 years ago from USA

      Reading this reminds me of two persons: mom and I :) Looks like my moms bag... wait a minute me too sometimes specially when I'm in a hurry, receipts, candies, and my inhaler all get in my bag with other things :D Now I have to de clutter my table too. :) A really great tips you have, we all have to start getting organized little by little and try hard to stick with it.

    • catalystsnstars profile imageAUTHOR

      catalystsnstars 

      6 years ago from Land of Nod

      @samadaslam getting organized is definitely a task on itself, even to consider it. I'm glad I cold make it a bit easier looking.

      @DeviousOne, its been only a week since I cleaned my bags out and already I can start to see the pattern building again. I'm more aware of it though because I did make this hub about getting organized.

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      DeviousOne 

      6 years ago from Sydney, Australia

      Great tips. I think the hardest thing is trying to keep things organised and to not fall into the same traps again.

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      Samad Aslam Khan 

      6 years ago

      This hub is hub is for persons like me. I felt every word was written to me. Definitely there's no pain in getting organized but it requires a bit will. Thanks for giving jerk to my unorganized personality!!!

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