How to organise sentimental items

How to edit and organise your sentimental items and mementos?

Reminding you of happy times, people or places.

 

Ticket stubs, stickers, old school books, your children’s paintings, beloved childhood teddy bears, whatever it is, you are likely to have some items which are very precious and you don’t want to part with. 

 

Top tips for editing and organising these:

  • Keep sentimental items together
  • Designate a box to keep mementos in
  • Choose a pretty or decorative box, making the most of what you cherish
  • Keep accessible so you can add or review items
  • Allocate one box for each member of the family
  • Don’t keep something just because it was a gift unless you really want it, once a gift is given its job is done
  • Decide how many of an item is enough?
  • Choose one or two of the same item, keep your favourite
  • Scan or photograph items instead of keeping items, this is a really effective way of letting go of items if you have limited storage space. 
  • Only keep what makes you smile, this may change over time, so do review your items intermittently
  • Frame or make a display feature of special items

Top 5 wardrobe organising products

To help keep your wardrobe tidy long-term use containers or products to divide up certain categories of clothes and accessories.

 

Which are the products that really make a difference and are worth getting?

 

Here are 5 organising products I always recommend to my clients. Simple, cost-effective and flexible for most cupboards, drawers and wardrobe space.

 

Find out more about my Organise your wardrobe like a pro webinar sessions

1. SKUBB box of 6

https://www.ikea.com/gb/en/p/skubb-box-set-of-6-white-00428549/ £5

 

Divide up drawers or wardrobe space into any combination with this multipack. Use for different categories of clothes to keep organised, keeping easy to see what you have and stopping them getting messed up. Hard wearing and made of 100% recycled polyester. Use with folded items like t-shirts or use with loose things like balled up socks., although anything works in them.

2. Songmic space saving hangers

Songmics Velvet Hangers 50 Pack £21

If space is limited in your wardrobe consider swapping to space saving hangers. Not only will you fit more in, it will look neater and I find things stay on the hangers better than plastic, metal or wooden ones. I prefer the black colour. which looks smarter and make clothes stand out.

Songmic on Amazon

3. Drawer pocket dividers

Maxporium 4 piece drawer organiser £14

 

I’d recommend these for keeping socks underwear or bras organised. It’s a really visual way of seeing what you have which is helpful and nothing gets mixed up.

 

Although the quality of these items can be variable they are really useful. See John Lewis for a study version for larger items like sports leggings or t-shirts.

Maxiporium on Amazon
Anyday organiser from John Lewis
Skubb with compartments from Ikea

4. Hanging storage

Skubb white hanging shelves £7

mDesign set of 2 hanging shelves £21

 

If you have hanging rails and more clothes than you can fit in, then swap to some hanging shelves. You’ll fit so much more in and it will be easier to see what you have. I have limited wardrobe space myself and I use this method to maximize my storage. If you have very easily creased or delicate items you might want to hang these still. This also works well with the Skudd storage compartments to divide up clothes on these ‘shelves’.

5. Shelf dividers

iDesign shelf dividers from John Lewis £10

 

If you have open shelves, keep items separate and tidy with shelve dividers. I’ve included photos of a study version from iDesign and The Home Edit at John Lewis, although others examples are available on amazon.

And some other great ones...

Lined Wicker Baskets

Wicker baskets from The Basket Company

 

Great for storing loose items in an organised way. Works well for scarves, socks or underwear. The lining protects delicate items inside from snagging on the wicker and can be removed and washed when required over time.

Vacum Packs (for Seasonal Storage)

Swap over summer and winter items to make more space. Lots of good ones out there. This one is from John Lewis.

Make up storage

Divide up make-up to keep it tidy and organised. This extendable version is good to maximise space in drawers. Lots of versions of clear plastic storage is available, try Homesense, aplaceforeverything.com and this one at John Lewis.

Top 10 books and TV to inspire a home declutter

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Get inspired to sort out your home…

Book & Community hub

The Year of Less - Cait Flanders

Great story of how she worked her way to clear $30,000 of debit  and the process learnt about her own patterns of unhelpful behaviour around food, shopping and money.

Personal and honest. Lots I felt I could relate to my own life and simple if challenging lessons for all. Also available free on the UK Library audio app’ Libby’, which is how I found it. See her on IG @caitflanders

Book

A Life Less Throwaway: The lost art of buying for life - Tara Button

Lifts the lid on the selling psychology we are exposed to everyday – includes the reasons why things don’t last the way they used to. Understand the history, science and reality of how we are persuaded to replace what we already own. 

Informative and you cannot unlearn this stuff once you know it. Founder of Buymeonce – Selling items fit to last from umbrellas to cooking pots at  www.buymeonce.com

You Tube TV

Living Big in a Tiny House - Bryce Langston

Inspiration and great ideas from amazing homes with incredibly small storage, beautiful places all around the world. Hear interesting stories of how, why people made the change to debt fee living.  

Multiple 15-17min episodes 

Amazing Tiny home Washington

Podcast

Declutter Hub

Professional organiser’s Ingrid and Lesley based in the UK talk you through how to declutter and organise different parts of the house.  A comprehensive resource with real-life examples from their work with clients. Find on IG @declutterhub

100+ 1 hour episodes from your podcast app

Podcast

NPR - Planet Money

A podcast I love from the US’s equilivent of the BBC. Economics to awe and explain the real world.  The link between clutter and our money is maybe not talked about enough and this opened my mind to how finance defines the world and my own too. Amazing storytelling.

100+ 20min episodes

Netflicks

Get organised - The Home Edit

A social media success story @thehome edit and Professional Organisers Clea and Joanna. 

Join them on Netflixs as they organise a room for clients, including celebrities like Reese Witherspoon, who also produces the show. Buy their organising  products @thecontainerstore and @johnlewis

8 x 1-hour episodes

Book, Netflixs & You Tube

Spark Joy with Marie Kondo

Growing up in a 1 room apartment with her family in Japan instilled the art of making the most of any space. Read her book ‘The life-changing magic of tidying up’ or watch her programmes to understand her category based method of decluttering. Also, see her online training course.

8 x 1-hour episodes www.konmaire.com

Podcast

The Art of Declutting

Professional Organisers Amy Revell and Kirsty Farrugia are Professional Organisers based in Sydney, Australia. A chatty podcast where they talk in-depth about how they help their clients get homes organised and decluttered. Find on IG @theartofdecluttering

100+ 1 hour episodes from your podcast app

Book

Nudge - Thaler & Sunstein

Nobel Prize winner in Economics, Richard Thaler, and Cass Sunstein. Improving decisions about Health, Wealth, and Happiness. How small decisions you make every day can have big results. Eye opening.

Again I found it on the Library audio app’ Libby’, which is free in the UK. I find non fiction books easier to listen to than read.

Podcast

Happier with Gretchen Rubin

Author of the 4 tendencies theory of personality – explaining why we do what we do.  Advice about happiness and good habits in this lively, thought-provoking podcast, often with guests and her sister.

‘Act the way you feel’ GR

Find her on IG @gretchenrubin

Hall storage ideas

How to make space in your hallway

Start by putting the kettle on. Make a tea/coffee and move a chair to your hallway, drink it here. Have a look at what’s there. You’ll probably see something straight away you can remove or re-home. Decide if everything there is used often and needs to live there. Consider storing seasonal items elsewhere. Making more space here will be really noticeable.

 

Do the well-used items have a designated location, which is easy to access and so easy to put away? 

 

Consider:

 

  • Putting seasonal items else and swapping out 
  • Do all the shoes need to live here, how many per person?
  • Do regularly used items have a place to sit/hang e.g purse, handbag, keys, shopping bags
  • If well-used items just sit on the floor then other items will magically build up around them
  • What do you do with your post? What would make it easiest to deal with it?

Hallway storage ideas...

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Top 3 Declutter Projects in Lockdown

Where do you start when you want to get cracking on decluttering and editing your home?

Lockdown may mean daily life is more chaotic than ever, more people living and working for longer in the same space. 

 

The key to making progress on editing and organising your home is to start on projects which are:

 

  • Achievable
  • Simple
  • You can do in multiple small time chunks
  • Don’t make too much mess
  • Make you feel like you are making progress
  • You are able to re-home what you don’t want

Your 3 Quick Projects

  1. Plastic containers
    • Remove unmatched lids

    • Recycle damaged ones

    • Decide how many you actually use

    • Donate the rest

 

2. Re-home unwanted Bras

    • Remove any which don’t fit you

    • Any that are damaged

    • Or you just don’t wear

       

Post to Against Breast Cancer or @Smallsforall

 

3. Edit your sportswear

    • Decide what you actually use

    • Remove damaged items

    • Only keep what you feel comfortable in

Donate your preloved clothes online in lockdown to:

@refashionuk

https://re-fashion.co.uk/pages/order-a-donation-bag

@rethread

How products can help you stay organised in the kitchen

What’s the secret to keeping your kitchen organised and clutter-free for the long-term. A few carefully chosen organising products can really help keep your cupboards tidy and organised long after you’ve sorted them out. Here are some I’ve used myself which are still look like this months and years afterwards.

 

Here’s how using step 1, 2 & 3

Before

It is hard to find things, everything keeps getting jumbled up

Step 1.

Get everything out and do a really good edit.

Think carefully about who actually uses it and how often. Ideally, a kitchen only has items accessible which are used weekly, with maybe monthly use items in harder to reach cupboards. Decide if it’s worth taking up valuable space in your home. 

Step 2.

Choose suitable organising products

Choose products which fit your cupboards, divide up the space with products to keep similar items together. Always look to see what you already have, go for the eco option and use your old lid-less Tupperware pots or takeaway containers. In this case, something a little different was needed and these fitted perfectly from Ikea. I was inspired by @Out_Of_Hoarder on Instagram. 

Step 3. After

And finally

Add your product, try to use height of items to keep everything visible, larger items at the back. This helps everyone know where to find items and it makes it easier to put them back and keep it tidy. Use labels if it helps guide others to know where things go.

Top 5 tips to organising your kitchen cupboards

Top 5 tips to organise your kitchen cupboards...

1. Tackle one cupboard at a time

“It will take longer than you think & you want the satisfaction of finishing in the time you have.”


2. Remove everything from the cupboard

“Put it all out on your worktop, so you can see everything. You’ll find things you’d forgotten you had” 


3. Remove out of date products, put duplicates together

“Clean containers & recycle. You might want to keep some to help organise items when you put back.”


4. Ask yourself: Will I use it?

“Ask yourself this before putting items back. Don’t waste your valuable cupboard space or food if it could be re-homed.”


5. Use clear containers to keep items together

“If you can see it, you’ll use it. Keep items you use often at the front of the cupboard”

For a chance to ask questions about your own kitchen, join me on my FREE webinars… find out more here

Top 5 tips for getting you ready for Autumn

Top 5 tips for getting organised this Autumn that you might have forgotten…

  1. Clean and put away your Garden Furniture, bag up the cushions and store well out of the way.

  2. Put away your summer clothes, store in the attic in labelled clear boxes or bags if needs be, decide if any should be given to charity. Use vacuum bags to save space.

  3. Make space by the front door for wet weather gear, again donating or recycling any that you don’t use.

  4. Get cosy. Order your winter firewood, bring out your blankets, wash your slippers and get a door excluder.

  5. Start your Christmas lists, order cards, wrapping paper, ask relatives for their present wish lists and start making space and declutter your home.

For more Christmas tips – join my free Christmas Organising Webinar 

How to sort out your pan drawer

A great example of how one thing simple thing can turn part of your kitchen from annoying chaos into simply organised and easy to use.

This is what I did in my own pan drawer at home. 

 

And the best bit is it’s stayed like this.

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I got mine from Homesense in Tunbridge Wells but there are lots available online stores like Amazon or www.aplaceforeverything.co.uk

How to change people you live with who clutter up your house?

3 easy steps to follow, suggestions to have a positive impact on those you live with and their 'clutter'...

This is your home too and how other people share the space with you matters, to your physical, as well as mental health. 

 

This definitely includes belongings, yours, theirs and shared stuff.

 

Spoiler alert. I don’t really believe you can change anyone else. 

 

Can people’s behaviour change YES, but that can only come from them.

 

So what can you do?

 

You have influence & a voice.

 

Start considering these steps to have a positive influence with clutter and those you live with?  Your partner, children, step-children, grandparents, in-laws…

 

  1. Start with your own stuff
  2. Be specific
  3. Come back to subject after heated moment has gone, but do come back otherwise you’ll never address it.
 

Find out what these mean in the video…