Announcement: Break Free From Clutter With Cynthia Charleen

Welcome to Break Free From Clutter. My Name is Cynthia Charleen and I’m here to help you declutter, get organized, and manage your time effectively. Do you want to get rid of clutter that has become a time waster? Do you find yourself overwhelmed with all that needs to be done? When you look at the entire project does it overwhelm you?

I know how that feels. Clutter is postponed decisions. For example,do you ever lay something aside with the intent of finishing it later? How long does it take before you get back to it? Ask yourself a couple of key questions: What would you do if you had more time? Is there a hobby you are interested in pursuing? Do you spend money for things that you never use? All of those things are involved with clutter.

Just the amount of paper that a family receives on a daily basis is cause for concern. There are ways to stop the inflow of unwanted mail. Catalogs usually have am 800# that you can call to be removed from the mailing list. If you get all kinds of those little catalogs with the odd items that you would never really use – call them to be removed from their list and that is one of the first steps to stopping clutter. You can really break free from clutter by developing a conscious plan to do more with less stuff. Join us at Break Free From Clutter and strategize to declutter and organize so that you can live the life you love.

Declutter and Organize – Manage Your Time

Do you need to declutter and organize and manage your time better,  but just don’t seem to have the time to get started? The key is time management. When you complain that you just don’t have enough time, do you get the response that we have the same 24 hours? That is true, but what  you do with those hours can change your chance of success.

You can’t measure what you do not track. So, get started tracking!

Declutter and Organize Manage Your Time

Declutter and Organize Manage Your Time

Break out your trusty planner, dust it off and USE IT! A planner gathering dust or lost in a drawer is not a tool, it is clutter. To turn it into a tool, get it out and put it into use.

Take a sample of 2 or 3 days and track what you do by fifteen minute segments. From when your feet touch the floor upon rising, until you go to bed, make a record of how you spend your time. From this data, look for the following?

  • How much time is spent just getting started?
  • When did you log into your computer and check emails?
  • How much time did you devote to monitoring emails?
  • Where could you have used time better?

Use this information to get insight for where you could use time more efficiently and target your best times to work on your goals for the day.

How can you get more done? We will talk about that soon….

Laundry Instructions – Make A Plan For Laundry

Laundry Instructions

Laundry Instructions

Do you keep planning to plan to make a plan for laundry? Enough said! I understand that doing the laundry is not an exciting task, but it is a necessary one.  Laundry Instructions are not exciting; however, they can prevent some exciting results such as strange colored undies! Though not fun, it can only be put off for a limited time. I actually have started do enjoy the time I spend on the task, now that I have a plan. Here are some tips:

  • Sort with a laundry hamper instead of tossing everything into the basket.
  • Separate into similar groups. I separate into colored, whites, delicate and towels.
  • If I have denims such as pants, I wash alone if I have enough or with towels.
  • Use a pre-wash stain remover if there are any stains.
  • Empty pockets before washing (Tissues will make a fuzzy mess of your laundry)
  • Wash per the instructions on the garment care tag.

Do you have a divided laundry hamper? They make quick work of laundry sorting. I especially like this one found on Amazon:

Laundry Instructions are found on the care tag inside any manufactured garment. Sometimes they are hard to find, but usually under the tag in the back of the garment or sewn into a side seam. These are  important to follow if you want to keep your clothes looking new. Yes, you can sometimes ignore them successfully, but the results can also be disappointing if you do not.

Here is a chart that explains most of the symbols you will find:

Laundry Instructions Chart

Laundry Instructions Chart

Using a mesh laundry bag can protect delicate fabrics that would otherwise be damaged by zippers or rougher fabrics. These will also let you combine some smaller items of laundry that are in the same color family. However, if the laundry instructions indicate delicate fabric, then only use a gentle cycle.

Before loading garments into the washer, zip zippers and button buttons. This prevents stretching that could damage the shape of your clothing. Don’t overload your washing machine. It is tempting to get it all done quickly – but that can result in clothes that don’t get completely clean. Every wonder why some folks have gray underwear that did originally come that way? Overloading the washing machine can be a cause.  Clothes need room to move around in and overloading can also cause the fabric to deteriorate faster.

Also, don’t use too much detergent. If you put in more than the bottle suggests, the detergent will linger on the clothes, causing them to turn yellow or gray. Too much detergent can build up in your washer  and damage your machine also. This is another case of where less is best.

So in summary for laundry instructions: Sort clothes by category, follow washing instructions and don’t overload the washer or with soap. So go forth and conquer – laundry, that is!



Clutter and the Story of the Pumpkin – Lesson Enclosed

Once upon a time – isn’t that how all stories begin? Well, once upon a time – there were three pumpkins on my front porch. They were sitting there for a bit of decoration for Fall. They were looking  just fine sitting there bright and orange and fresh from the farmers market. Well, along comes my resident squirrel and he notices my pumpkins, then decides to take a bite out of the front one. Each time I would pass by the pumpkins over the next few days, I would notice a fresh bite into the same spot on the front pumpkin.

I did not remove the front pumpkin with the bite out of it, as I knew he would just start on the others if  I removed the one he found most tasty.Pumpkin Lesson

After a few days, the pumpkin started turning moldy and was rotten in the entire middle, so I removed it. Then the same thing  happened to the other two pumpkins, until all were in varying states of decomposition, and in the compost pile.

Now, you ask, how does that apply to my blog on clutter?

It brought to my mind how just a little bit of damage to something can start a ripple effect until … Continue reading

Organize Your Home – First Step To Getting Organized

bookshelf-32811_640Get organized – and stay that way. It seems like such a simple task.  Have you heard the phrase “Everything with a place and everything in its place”? I certainly have. It is really good advice, but the doing it every time is the most important and hardest part for me.

Start by assigning places for the things you use all the time, such as car keys. How many hours have you spent looking for misplaced keys in the last year? Those hours can add up to a significant chunk of time. I always put my keys in my purse, in an organizer that can be transferred from one purse to another in a quick minute. Would you like to be able to do this?

You will find that keeping a few basics organized helps eliminate that panic feeling when rushing out the door, but oh wait — Where are those keys?

I was reminded of the importance of following the put it in its place rule the other day when I did not follow my own advice. I laid then down outside in the garden, then got distracted when I put out the trash, cleared off some leaves and came in the house. A few minutes later, I was ready to leave, but where were my keys! I never lay them down… except… I looked on the kitchen counters, then by the back door. No keys – not in my purse or by the computer. I was about to take the spare set, when I remembered where I had them last – in the garden. Does doing something like that make you feel silly? It certainly reminded me why I have that little rule.

I have been making an extra effort to organize my stuff and put it away every time. Those minutes wasted are precious and cannot be recalled for reuse. If you have a organizing tip, please share it below. We look forward to hearing from you.