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Get Organized with a College Closet

I had a wonderful holiday visiting Mom back in my home town. I also enjoy visiting my college and high school friends when I’m there. One of my girlfriends is a nurse and a well-organized mother of four grown and almost gone from home children. On our Girls Night Out, she was telling us about her “college closet”; a brilliant idea I want to share. Long ago, she designated a closet as the place for the family to put essential household items they no longer use. Replaced flatware, an old toaster oven, logo mugs, older décor throw pillows; any goods that can later be used in a college dorm or first apartment. It’s not only a great way to re-purpose clutter; it also inherently motivates your children to see college and an independent life in their future.

Not all homes have an extra closet or storage area to spare for the purpose. If you have a zone you can designate, that will work – well labeled bins on the top shelf in Amanda’s closet or in the garage, for example. As you want to be the case with everything in your home, be thoughtful about what goes in there. Don’t let it become a clutter magnet – if it’s broke, damaged or unessential, let it go.

And once the nest is empty, it’s an easy donation run to downsize or make room for, maybe, grand kid toys? A clever idea from another of many clever Mom’s. What’s yours?

P.S. I recommend reading this adjunct article to the college stuff simple: 10 Things You Do and Don’t Need at College.

BALANCE is now a San Francisco Green Business

BALANCE Organizing Services Company is very proud to now be a San Francisco Green Business. Because here at BALANCE we care about conserving resources, sustainability, building community and the health/safety of our workers, we signed up. We took on the rigorous approval process and have been accepted into the SF Green Business Program. We have matched our practices with… Continue Reading

EXTENDED! Container Store’s annual elfa sale event is still on (or wait until next year)

I am not condoning procrastination. The organizers’ question is: do you shop for containers right away? Or rather, do you sort and edit your stuff first? When I suggest waiting until next year, I mean to say: don’t put the cart before the horse. To organize just about anything, first you sort, purge and assign… Continue Reading

Paper Clutter – Piling vs. Filing

A funny, but it’s no joke. To manage your paper clutter, understanding the core paper categories can help you get started turning piles into well-organized files. Some rare individuals find storing paper around the office in piles works fine, but most of us find it ineffective, inefficient and not so easy on the eyes. It… Continue Reading

Reduce Your Mail Clutter in One Minute

  With a mission to save natural resources, Catalog Choice is a free service that will reduce your catalog (and phone book!) clutter. If you want to “stop unwanted mail”, this free service willl opt you out of catalogs, phone books, coupons, credit card offers, those annoying circulars, and more. Just ask me! I signed… Continue Reading