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Sometimes an outfit stays in my closet for a long time because I can't decide if I still like it or not, so I have adopted a new method. Now, if I can't decide I wear the item(s) at the next available opportunity, and ask myself how I feel wearing it. If I don't love the way I feel , it goes straight in my donate box.
i have a large family, and things always pile up, to the point where we are overrun with things. now, for every bag of items i bring INTO my house, one bag of equal size of items has to go out that same week. this is the RULE. this includes clothing, food, toys, even electronics! outgoing items can be donated to charity or given to family/friends. this helps us keep our home clutter free, make room for new things and to share with others.
i purchased hanging shoe organizers with clear pockets (the vinyl kind) and hung them on my children's closet doors. in addition to keeping shoes in there, the pockets are perfect for socks, stockings, hats, scarves and gloves, belts, and even small toys. the clear pockets allow me to see what my children have available for use and allows them to learn organization as well!
I have a notebook in Evernote with a separate note for each restaurant I visit and what the best options are for my diet plan in each. I don't write down the "best options" that I wouldn't like either - just what I'd actually order. With my smart phone, I have that custom reference to keep me on track.
When I bring groceries home, I organize my pantry in categories of the food type; soups, canned veggies, ready mixes, pastas, rices, beans, Mexican...it's easy to then go to the closet and pull what I need rather than search the entire cabinet moving things around. I also do the same in my refrigerator.
To stop any temptations when I 'food shop' . I never shop when Im hungry, I make sure I have some veggie or nut snack on hand just to take the hunger pang away before shopping. I avoid the lanes where all the biscuits, cakes, crisps and choclates are located !
I had a grandson born in 2011, who lived with me. We would stack his diapers in a diaper holder/bag (Ones with the hanger inside) We no longer use the diaper stacking bag, so I hung it up in the laundry room, turned out to be a great place to store outgrown clothing that I took out of the dryer. Didn't realize this until we had a garage sale and I had the bag full of clothing items and all matching pieces were in the bag as well. Turned out, I didn't want to sell the diaper holder/bag.
SAVE clear plastic jars... esp the big ones from BJ's and other warehouse stores. Use for storage. We have various size jars with adhesive tape, pet supplies, pens, small toys, xtra spices, batteries, play jewelry in EVERY room of the house. Dust free, water & pest resistant, easy to find and look nice when lined up together on a shelf. Eliminate furniture, gain floor space. Win Win. Ask friends who work at day care, church etc to save containers. Easy peasy when its time to move or declutter.