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Full House Deep Cleaning Guide

Many people are currently home Try cleaning a different area each day of the week and perhaps give yourself a break on the weekend!

Kitchen.

The kitchen is one of the areas we use the most, thus it is a great place to start.

Microwave. Vinegar and water is a great way to remove any build up of food debris in your microwave. Spray both the outside and inside of the microwave then wipe away the remains.

Toaster Oven. The toaster oven is another place that often gets covered in crumbs and food debris. Remove the food debris from the toaster tray lining by dumping it out. Spray some vinegar and water on any food build up, leaving it for a few minutes. Then wipe away any remaining food bits.

Stovetop. Remove the pot grates and coils from each burner scrubbing them with soap and water. Clean all surfaces and control knobs. Then replace all stovetop pieces. Be sure to give the range hood fan and the outer hood surface a quick clean as well.

Kitchen sink. Your kitchen sink may contain a combination of food build-up and even mineral build-up depending on your local water system. Generally either hot soapy water or a disinfectant spray can work for your kitchen sink. Don’t forget the faucet, which needs more regular cleaning, as it is a high touch zone.  *Some kitchen sinks will require specific cleaning products, be sure to do some research to figure out which product best suits your sink.

Garbage Cans. Now is the perfect time to tackle the bins that hold all of our household waste, recycling and compost. Wipe and sanitize all bins from the kitchen, bathrooms and the larger outdoor bins that get emptied every two weeks. For the larger bins you may decide to clean them out with the hose.

Kitchen Walls. This includes any area that may have splattered food, i.e. near the stovetop, near the kitchen sink, etc. Wipe away any food spots that have landed on the wall. *Look online for best cleaning products for this area.

Counter tops. We often clean our countertops, but neglect the areas that hold our kitchen gadgets or utensils. Remove everything first, then wipe and sanitize all surfaces.

Refrigerator & Freezer. Take everything out of the fridge. Then clean and sanitize all areas. Do the same with the freezer.

Cabinets. Wipe and sanitize the kitchen cabinets. Do this for both the inside and outside of each cabinet. Be sure to check online as to what cleaners are best for your cabinet surfaces (depending on what type of material your cabinet is made of).

Pantry Reorganization. Remove everything from your pantry, wipe and sanitize the inside of your pantry.

Bathroom.

Toothbrush holder and travel toothbrush holder. Throw this in the dishwasher for a thorough cleaning or clean with hot soapy water. Let dry completely before using it again.

Sink. Hot soapy water or an all-purpose bathroom cleaner from your local department store are generally the best options for cleaning your bathroom sink.

Mirrors & Windows. Remove all smudges and markings with either vinegar/ water spray or glass cleaner. If the weather is nice, be sure to do the outside of all windows as well.

Bathtub. There are many products available for removing build up from your tub.

Toilet. Pay special attention to the base of your toilet as it often gets neglected with just regular maintenance practices.

Bath Mats. Throw them in the washing machine and dryer. While they are being washed you can vacuum and clean your floors thoroughly.

Vent Covers. Remove all vent covers and wash them.

Bedrooms.

Dusting. Remove everything from dresser tops, and all other surfaces. Use a microfiber cloth to wipe away dust and other debris.

Washing. All bedding, pillowcases and pillows can be washed thoroughly.

Floors. This is also a good time to move your furniture and clean the floors. Vacuum if you have carpeted floors. If you have hardwood you can vacuum and mop as well.

Ceiling Fans. Wipe all ceiling fans and light fixtures.

Living Room.

Dusting. Dust all surfaces including coffee tables, windowsills, décor, and electronics. This includes removing all cobwebs from the ceiling and any neglected corners.

Disinfect handles and doorknobs. Disinfect all handles of furniture and all doorknobs. Do this in all bedrooms and bathrooms as well.

Spot Cleaning. This can be done on all carpeted areas in your home. Find a carpet cleaner that you like and keep some nearby any areas in your home that tend to get stained easily.

Laundry Room.

Floors. Vacuum and mop as well depending on floor type.

Surfaces. Wipe and sanitize all surfaces.

Laundry Room Sink. Wipe and sanitize your utility sink.

Washing Machine. Generally you will want to clean the inside of your machine once per month. I personally like to use affresh washing machine cleaner pods, which you can order online and can be found in some department stores such as Walmart. Some machines will have specific instructions for cleaning the machine, so be sure to follow those directions.

Dryer. Remove all lint. Your dryer may require some other maintenance tasks as well.

Home Office.

Desktop. Remove everything and wipe down all surfaces. Declutter, organize and deal with any paperwork that needs attention.

Disinfect Doorknobs and Monitor. Generally these areas are not maintained regularly unless you have someone who cleans your home for you or it is part of your regular maintenance routine.

Final Words.

If you have any questions about cleaning your space, feel free to leave a comment on this post or send us an email at lettherebespace@gmail.com. For information on cleaning to effectively kill coronavirus in your home check online, start by reading the articles listed below.

https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/prepare/disinfecting-your-home.html

https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/prepare/cleaning-disinfection.html

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Eliminate Cable and Cord Clutter

Changing Technology Trends

We all have that pile of mismatched cables and cords that has been sitting idle in a drawer for years. With technology trends constantly changing we are acquiring new devices at an ever increasing pace to add to our collection, thus abandoning our outdated gadgets. With that pile of useless cords growing bigger every year, wouldn’t it be nice to quickly eliminate cable and cord clutter within your home once and for all? Read on to learn our simple five step method for decluttering and organizing your cords.

Sorting and Recycling

The first step is to take note of which devices you are currently using and which ones are just taking up space in your home. Sort your cords and cables setting aside the ones you no longer need in a bin for proper recycling. All e-waste can be recycled via your local Habitat for Humanity Restore or at the closest Best Buy location. Both have e-waste recycling programs, for more details check out bestbuy.ca and habitatwdg.ca/restore.

Cord and Cable Organization

The next step is to organize the cords you have decided to keep. Find a cable organizer or cable keeper that works for you. There are many options on Amazon.ca that you can choose from to keep your cables and cords from getting tangled. These options typically range from about $5 to $20. Another cheaper option is to use twist ties or binder clips which you may already have at home.

Bins and Labelling

Choose a bin or basket to hold all of your cords. Before placing each cord into the bin, label it. This prevents any confusion regarding which cord is for each of your devices. I recommend using a label maker to do this. However, if you don’t have a label maker just use a permanent marker and some masking tape.

Quick Review

Remember to remove and recycle all of your excess cords as soon as possible after decluttering. Why? Otherwise you will create clutter in other areas of your home. Placing the cords you no longer use into your car right away can be very helpful as a reminder to recycle them. Whenever you bring home a new device, take the time to organize and label all the cords right away. In sum, to prevent your cords and cables from becoming cluttered it is necessary to:

  1. Determining which cords you actually use
  2. Recycling the ones that you no longer need
  3. Use a cable organizer to prevent tangling of cords
  4. Find a suitable bin to hold all of your cords
  5. Label all cords prior to placing in the storage bin

Finding life too hectic to declutter and organize on your own? Not to worry! Let There Be Space can help you to simplify your life! Contact us via email at lettherebespace@gmail.com .

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Set Goals

Everyone needs to set goals to achieve our dreams. Setting goals is also important in order to achieve our ideal living space. This blog discusses the importance of determining goals for each room. This helps to direct the decluttering and organizing process.

What?

If you want to be organized, you need to determine what you want to use your space for. By doing so, decluttering and organizing that space will become much easier. You can then ask yourself, does this item belong in this space? For example, maybe you have stored your workout equipment in the living room. However, this is not where you usually exercise. This equipment should be moved to whichever room you prefer to workout in. Set a purpose for your space and remove items that do not belong. 

When?

Set a timeline for decluttering your home. If you are incredibly busy, perhaps your timeline will span several months. This is OK! Setting goals is important because it forces you to be responsible for achieving your goal of having an organized home. If you schedule time regularly to declutter and organize specific items within your home, you will be able to complete it within a reasonable amount of time. To make organization a priority in your life, you must make time for it. Schedule in time regularly to declutter and organize your belongings. If you have the time, you might prefer to declutter and organize your home all at once (again this could take a matter of weeks depending on many factors). Be patient with yourself and do not expect your home to become completely organized overnight.

Why?

Why set goals for your living space? Things don’t always get put back in the place where they belong especially when life is incredibly busy. If you set solid goals for your space, this is much less likely to happen. Set goals for the purpose of your space, set goals for how often you will maintain your space (i.e. cleaning, decluttering), and decide on an organizational system that works well for everyone in your household. By setting goals, you are setting yourself up for success. A clear, tangible plan is essential to helping you achieve your ideal home and lifestyle.

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A Place for Everything and Everything in Its Place

Within your home everything should have a place. If this is not the case, then this should be the ultimate goal for your home. This will take time and it is a learning process so be mindful that change will not happen overnight. When everything has a designated place, you will not struggle to find something or think twice about where to put an item when you have finished using it. This blog is action packed! The first section discusses the importance of having a place for everything in your home. The following section focuses on how to translate this concept into action. Lastly, learn about how an organizer can help you declutter and organize using ‘A place for everything and everything in its place’ as the guiding principle for your journey.

Let’s start by unpacking this phrase ‘a place for everything and everything in its place’. Simply this phrase means that you should not own more than you have space for in your home. If you have storage units holding your extra stuff, and a home overflowing with things then perhaps it is time to start decluttering. Everything should have a place that it belongs in your home; this creates order and prevents the chaos of a cluttered space. If you want to become more organized, this is a very important concept to understand and apply within your home.

To implement this within your home, there are several questions you can ask yourself when making decisions about whether to keep or discard an item. Consider the following:

  • Does this item make me happy?
  • Does this item improve my life?
  • How often do I use this item?
  • Is this item in good enough condition to use?
  • Do I already own something that fulfills the same purpose?

For more questions I highly recommend you read Unclutter Your Life in One Week by Erin Rooney Doland. She also has a list of questions you can ask yourself when purchasing new items. By using the above questions to guide the process of decluttering, you will start to understand what items are of true value to you and those which are not. Eventually you will have purged enough to begin finding a place for each item. The perfect place for an item is a combination of where it will be most easily accessible and where it makes the most sense for it to live within your space. For example, your keys are easily accessible if they are on the key rack which is close to the front door and where all the other keys are located.

The process of decluttering and organizing a home can be very daunting especially if you feel like you need to do it all by yourself. Professional organizers are very equipped to help you through the process. They will help you understand how to get started with the process and how to complete it both of which tend to be quite challenging when working on your own. Organizers are also going to speed up the process; they know what questions to ask to help you make decisions about what to keep or discard, they know where your stuff can be donated, sold or purged, and they have a wealth of knowledge on ‘stuff’ that you can draw upon at any time. They will also be there to encourage you when you are struggling to find motivation to carry on throughout the process of decluttering, simplifying and organizing your home.

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Dealing With Digital Clutter

An organized and clutter-free digital space can increase efficiency and productivity.  It can be quite stressful searching for important work documents or your favourite vacation photo amidst a disorganized digital space. Digital clutter is quite common especially if an organizational system has not been used to prevent disorder from occuring.

Similar to your home, working in a clean space (in this case, a digital one) can lead to a more efficient use of time when completing tasks using your digital devices.  Give yourself the productive work space that you deserve with the following tips for organizing your digital devices.

Label Your Files

Be specific when choosing file names, and it will become much easier to search through documents, photos and shortcuts. For example, by labelling a cover letter “Cover Letter – CIBC” instead of just “Cover Letter 03”, you will be able to easily retrieve this document afterwards without having to search through items that are not categorized within a particular organizational system.

Designate one common organizational system to use when naming files on your digital device. This is one of the most effective ways to organize your computer. Often this important organizational step is skipped when a file is being created. This can result in wasted time searching for documents and even the permanent loss of valuable information or photos.

Create Folders

Before creating your main folders, come up with a sorting system based on the way you prefer to categorize items. A good starting point would be to think about what purpose the document serves. Sort your content and place each item in the appropriate digital folder. Then create subfolders to further organize these items.

The goal is to prevent disorder within your digital space by ensuring that every item on your computer has been categorized within the chosen organizational system. If you come across items that can’t be placed into a particular category, you can easily solve this by creating a “Miscellaneous” folder.

Delete Old Applications

Remove applications that you no longer to help save storage space. There is no need to keep apps that are no longer of importance to you. You are now one step closer to decluttering your computer and transforming it into a clutter free digital workspace.

Clear Your Excess Downloads

Your Downloads folder is a great place to start if you’re looking to remove unnecessary items from your computer. Start by arranging your downloads by size or category. Then determine which files you would like to keep or delete. Remember, you shouldn’t have to keep around extra downloads of files that you’ve already renamed and saved elsewhere as different file types.

Organize Your Mail

The amount of email that we receive on a daily basis can be overwhelming and our inbox can become immensely cluttered as a result. Creating folders for things like receipts or important documents can make it easier to find emails that you may need to reference in the future. Frequently delete old emails and empty your junk mailbox in order to remove excess clutter.

Maintain Your Organizational Plan

Our final recommendation is essential to maintaining an organized computer. Adopt a more disciplined and determined mindset toward digital organization. Take just a little bit of extra time to use proper labels and keep your files organized. By decluttering your devices on a regular basis, you will be rewarded with increased productivity, and a clutter-free digital workspace.

Written by: Danielle Lau, UX/ UI Designer and Writer

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Declutter Your Cookbooks

Don’t get me wrong, I love cookbooks! Growing up we always made great meals and desserts using my family’s cookbooks. I used to page carefully through our cookbooks looking for the perfect recipe for my Mom to cook for us. One of my current favourite’s is Jamie Oliver’s 15 Minute Meals cookbook, although I must admit it usually takes me longer than fifteen minutes to prepare his recipes! My family had one cookbook for every type of food from cookies to seasonal home cooking. As I grew up, I noticed that an increasing number of cookbooks would find their way into our home. Eventually the internet took over and the frequency with which we used our recipe books began to decrease. For many people, this is becoming the ‘norm’ for home cooking. This post will discuss why it is beneficial to declutter your cookbooks. I also share with you in more detail why I presently own only a handful of cookbooks.

Online Recipes

These days I gravitate towards online recipes rather than my cookbooks. Browsing the infinite food blogs online has replaced my previous love of paging through cookbooks. I am often inspired to cook or bake after viewing something I have seen on Pinterest, Instagram or Facebook. Using the vast database of recipes online allows me to search for recipes specific to my dietary restrictions of which I have many. While cookbooks are a great reference point, I personally find it more convenient to use online recipes. I like to save my favourite recipe links to a document rather than searching for them in a cookbook. I organize the recipes by category within the document making them easy to find. For example, last Christmas I saved a dairy free gingerbread recipe in the dessert section of my recipe document. Fast forward to December 2018, I had no trouble at all finding the link to the recipe. While this is my personal preference and allows me to be organized with my favourite recipes, don’t let this stop you from turning the pages of the beautiful, food filled books that line your kitchen shelves. 

Decluttering & Organizing

Unfortunately, clutter is a common occurrence when it comes to saving recipes and building up the ‘ultimate’ collection of cookbooks. Fear not! Decluttering your cookbooks is easier than you think. I recommend taking out all of the recipe books and paper recipes that you own to really get an idea of how many you have. Sort through and select the ones that you enjoy using the most. Remove the cookbooks that you no longer see yourself using in the near future. Choose to sell them online, give them to a friend or donate them to local thrift store where someone else can find better use for them. 

Storage

Store the cookbooks that you have chosen to keep vertically on your shelf so that it is easy to view the title of each recipe book. For paper recipes, there are two organizational systems you could use. Use a binder or folder to store all your paper recipes which likely includes hand written family recipes that have been passed on to you and some recipes that have been collected from food magazines or printed from the internet. The other option is to scan all the paper recipes onto your computer and organize by category (i.e. family recipes, dessert recipe folder, instant pot recipes, etc.). Storage is an important part of decluttering your cookbooks. Be sure to set up an organizational system that allows all users to access the cookbooks easily and give everything a place to return to after being used.

Creating Space

You will likely find that the extra space you have created on your shelves will make it more enjoyable and less stressful to spend time in your kitchen. Actively deciding which cookbooks and recipes are your favourites will help you move closer to your goal of achieving a clutter free home. Without the clutter of excess, the cookbooks you use most will become much easier to access when you want to make a meal for your friends, family and other guests.

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Three Ways to Celebrate Christmas More Sustainably

Having trouble getting everything done before Christmas next week? Feeling guilty that all the wrapping paper will just get thrown away and end up in a landfill after all the gifts are unwrapped? Well guess what? It isn’t as hard as you think to celebrate Christmas and even give presents in a way that has a lower impact on the environment. This post is all about putting an eco-friendly spin on Christmas 2018.

Wrapping Presents

Wrap your presents differently this year! Choose alternative materials such as:

Old newspapers – Keep some of your newspapers leading up to the holidays and try wrapping gifts with them. Perhaps refrain from wrapping clothing in newspaper to prevent any ink transfer!

Old maps – Perhaps you took a trip together with the gift recipient and still have the map you used to help you navigate while travelling! Why not wrap their gift using this map rather than keeping it in a box where it is no longer of use!! This will be a great conversation starter and will bring back great memories for both of you.

Kitchen towels – This could be a great add on for a gift and is a great zero waste alternative to gift wrap which just ends up in the trash.

Jars – Use jars for homemade baked goods; this is not only a great way to keep costs down for gift giving but the jar can easily be used for food storage within the kitchen of the gift recipient.

 

Homemade Gifts

Baked Goods – Everyone loves baked goods! Try making some homemade items for family and friends this year. Check in with your loved ones to find out who has allergies or dietary restrictions and try to make your baked goods as allergy friendly as possible! Attach a little recipe card to the box or jar that holds your home baked gift to ensure everyone is aware of the ingredients.

DIY gifts – Sick of waiting for an hour to pay for your Christmas presents at the local mall? Looking to save money and experiment with homemade products? This year create some DIY gifts for your family and friends; from homemade beauty products to handmade cutting boards there is so many options for creating the perfect DIY gift! Check out Youtube or Pinterest to get inspired!

Crafts – If you have kids make some homemade ornaments as gifts for teachers, aunts, uncles and grandparents! Perhaps you really enjoy oil painting and decide to paint a different winter scene for each friend or family member. Again this is a great way to save money while still giving a very special gift to the people that you care about in your life!

 

Buy Gifts for Your VIP’s

My grandma used to call my sister and myself her VIPs which stands for Very Important Person. I am sure lots of people helped you out this year and did something nice for you. However, I highly recommend making a very short list of the people who truly matter most to you (your VIPs) and ONLY buy gifts for them. Give gifts to the people that made the biggest difference in your life in 2018. Maybe instead of a gift exchange ask if your family members would like to pool money together to make a donation to your favourite charity or volunteer with you during the holidays (i.e. contact your local soup kitchen, church, or food bank to sort, package and even distribute food).

Perhaps as I mentioned earlier have your kids decorate simple ornaments from the dollar store for each of their teachers at school and for your extended family members. Write really nice cards, send an e-card, or take your closest family friends to dinner to spend quality time with them during the holidays. Use less time searching for the perfect gift, instead make something homemade or give the gift of a great evening out. Practical gifts are another great option – find out what your sister’s family needs for their new house and purchase a few items to help them create the perfect kitchen, living room, or dining space. All of these are heartfelt gifts that will be appreciated immensely and perhaps remembered better than an expensive box of chocolates.

I hope my suggestions for celebrating Christmas more sustainably will allow you more time to spend with the VIPs in your life while also showing how much you care about them and maybe even leave you with more money in your wallet after the holidays are finished.

If you would like to begin simplifying and decluttering your life in 2019, contact Melissa at Let There Be Space using via the following email address – lettherebespace@gmail.com.

 

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Kick-Start Your Clutter Free Journey!

I recently read an article in the Princeton Alumni Weekly from 2015 which discusses the research of psychology professor Sabine Kastner. Her 20 years of research on attention found that visual clutter contends with our brain’s ability to stay focused. It also causes a decline in our cognitive function over time. This study also found that our brain really isn’t very good at ignoring clutter. We tend to use all of the available space within our home to ‘temporarily’ store clutter until we find a permanent home for it. Unfortunately, the rate at which stuff comes in is faster than it goes out. As a result our free space often becomes a storage place for items that provide no real value to our lives.

Physical clutter restricts our ability to focus and inhibits our productivity. Our home should be a clutter free space where we can relax, entertain, and even do work if necessary. This post highlights a few key action items to kick-start the journey of decluttering your space. It also discusses some of the benefits this process can provide to other areas of your life.

Core Values

My first piece of advice is to get in touch with your values. Write down your top five values (e.g. exercise, health, organization, family, etc.). Be specific! For example, “I want to exercise at home four days a week in my basement. In order to achieve this I need to clear the designated space of all clutter and remove all items that are unrelated to my fitness routine.” Redefining your values is a great way to begin decluttering your mind before you start organizing. Making decisions about what to keep, donate or throw away will simply be guided by your core principles. Defining your current priorities will create a solid foundation for change to occur with greater ease in your life. 

Managing Your Clutter Regularly

As you may already know, clutter within the home causes stress. Why? If the items we use every day are in disarray, we cannot function properly and often struggle to focus on achieving our goals. It is important to prioritize the items on your to do list. This will help you to manage household tasks and chores in a timely manner. By consistently taking action to prevent the build-up of clutter within your home, you will be able to function better within your space. Less mess generally results in less stress and more time to enjoy life.

Focus on Yourself

This is an incredibly important aspect of keeping your space organized. Start by identifying what you need to change. Ask yourself:

  • How do I need to change my mindset in order to achieve a clutter free home?
  • What habits do I need to change to achieve my goals? (I.e. this could include your shopping habits, maintenance habits, etc.)
  • How can I incorporate my core values into this space to better reflect my ideal home and lifestyle?
  • Am I focusing on my goal of becoming clutter free?

Remember that it is okay to be NOT OKAY with other people’s clutter. You can encourage others and teach them some strategies to deal with clutter, but in the end stay focused on your own organizing journey. This will enable you to influence others to make change in their own lives.

Final Words

When stressed by the clutter in your home, first identify your core values. Then set up a plan for how you will regularly eliminate clutter. Finally, focus on yourself as you declutter and organize. You never know who you will influence along the way. Apply these three strategies to your life, then message @lettherebespacebymel on Instagram or send us an email at lettherebespace@gmail.com to share how this helped you begin your decluttering journey!

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References:

https://paw.princeton.edu/article/psychology-your-attention-please

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Organizing Your Spices!

Storing spices can be difficult. With no organizational system, it is so easy to lose the many plastic bags containing spices among the many other pantry items in your kitchen. It is even harder to keep track of these bags if they are left unlabeled. How can one possibly go from complete disorganization to a beautiful and fully functional, even Instagram worthy spice cupboard? Don’t worry it’s easier than you might think! This post outlines some simple ways to properly store and organize your spices. A few months ago I organized all my spices so here is a step by step plan of how to organize your spice cupboard.

Sorting

Pull out your spices from every location in your kitchen. Throw away any that are past their due date… and yes spices have a best before date! Basically if a spice has lost its scent, then it is probably best to throw it away. If you can identify the unlabeled spices easily, then immediately make note of this. If not, then it is probably best to remove this item from your pantry to ensure it is not mistakenly added to a recipe in which it does not belong. You may want to complete this step (i.e. sorting) before you go to the store to buy containers so you know how many containers to buy.

Purchase Your Containers

Purchase some storage jars that best suit your needs or reuse jars that you may already have. I used 4 oz. glass mason jars which you can purchase from Walmart, Canadian Tire or online. There are so many awesome spice storage containers to choose from; magnetic spice racks, drawer inserts, stackable tins and more! Pinterest is a great source of inspiration for different types of containers and spice racks.

Spice List

Make a list of all your spices and post this list inside the cupboard so that you always know which ones you have. This is also helpful to family members searching for an item and will prevent anyone from buying multiple bags. This may also be a good time to check which staple spices/ herbs are missing from your pantry and immediately add these items to your grocery list.

Transferring Your Spices

Start with 3-4 spices at a time to stay organized and ensure that each spice is labelled properly. Transfer the first few spices and label them as you go. Be sure to keep the packaging out to ensure accurate labeling. Throw away the packaging and start transferring the next few spices into their assigned jars.  Once all your spices have been transferred, put them away in their proper storage space.

Location, Location, Location!

Make sure the spot in which you choose to store your spices is away from any heat source. This will ensure that the quality of your spices is maintained over time. Remember that you don’t necessarily have to put all your spices into containers. You could pick out the spices that you use the most to keep in jars and store the rest elsewhere. Personally, I like everything to have a designated place so all my spices are in 4 oz. jars. I store my spice jars in a cupboard altogether on a tiered spice rack which is easily accessible to make cooking a breeze! All my extra spices that don’t fit in the jars are sealed tightly within their original packaging and stored in a basket.

Labeling

This is definitely one of the most important parts! As mentioned earlier, label the jars as you transfer spices. You can use chalkboard labels, a label maker, or order custom labels! Be sure to decide ahead of time what labelling method you will use so that you can have all the necessary tools for when you are ready to complete this project.

Need help with this project? Perhaps you interested in decluttering your whole kitchen? We can help with all of your decluttering, simplifying and organizing needs! Contact us via email – lettherebespace@gmail.com.

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Reducing Mental Clutter with Mental Dumping

Every day is filled with tasks, projects, assignments, and endless chores. Unfortunately we tend to allow this never ending list of ‘to do’ items to swirl around aimlessly in our minds throughout the day. I wanted to find a strategy to manage my mental clutter that was quick and also very simple. This week’s post focuses on reducing mental clutter by completing a daily ‘mental dump’. I first read about mentally dumping in a book called Behind the Clutter written by June Saruwatari, a professional life coach and professional organizer. This was a fabulous book with so many great mechanisms for getting to the root of the mental and physical clutter in your life. Mentally dumping stood out as one of the simplest way to clear my mind of daily action items and activities that I wish to do.

Messy Yet Simple

June Saruwatari starts off the mental dumping process by creating a lists of all of the tasks that needs to be done. Sometimes my lists are messy! But that’s okay because they serve me well, allowing me to check off items that I have completed and to see which tasks I have yet to finish. By mentally dumping, I don’t have to worry about how organized my list is. The goal of this technique is to help relieve your brain of the weight of remembering all the tasks you need or want to do during the day. Jot down every item swirling around in your head as you think of it, you can prioritize later!

Prioritizing

After you mentally dump everything from your mind, you can organize the information. Prioritize the tasks that need to be completed right away and schedule in the tasks that are not as urgent.

Scheduling

I typically do my mental dump just after my morning workout. Choose the time of day that best works for you. Maybe you prefer to prepare for the following day by doing your mental dump before bedtime. Perhaps you could use this strategy prior to eating breakfast to help clear your mind setting you up for a successful day. It can also be used as a coping strategy for when you feel stressed or overwhelmed during the day. Use mental dumping however it best serves your life!

Dump your Clutter

Mental dumping is a sometimes messy, but simple strategy for dealing with mental clutter. Prioritizing is a great way to organize all your disorganized thoughts and tasks. It can help you decide which tasks are necessary to complete first and which can be scheduled in for a later time. Mentally dumping helps manage a mind full of clutter and can help you to focus on the activities of your day.

Need some help deciding which projects to keep and which ones to eliminate? Professional organizer to the rescue! This is definitely something we can assist you with. To get started on your home organizing journey right away, contact us via email at lettherebespace@gmail.com! Or visit our contact page.