When you are ready to get organized a great way to start is by focusing on “types” of items rather than specific “areas”. For example, you may work on your collection of socks or coats (“type”) rather than a closet or room (an “area”). There are several benefits of this method but clients tell us their favorites are that 1) it is manageable and tends not to be as overwhelming, and 2) by pulling out and looking at all of your socks (we know you have an amazing collection) you can better judge what you really need to keep and what you can safely let go of.

Prior to starting be sure to stock up on trash bags and set up a box for “Donations” and “Items to Gift”. Once the boxes are full load them in your car and deliver to their new home. Replace and repeat!

Here is a list of things to get you started on your path to becoming “right"sized:

  • Mugs
  • Pens, Pencils, Markers, Crayons
  • Socks, Pantyhose
  • Tupperware, Plasticware
  • Books
  • Magazines
  • Recipes
  • Catalogs
  • Cooking Utensils and Bakeware
  • Keys
  • Unused/Expired prescriptions
  • Unused Kitchen Gadgets and Appliances
  • Purses
  • Vases, Dried Flowers
  • Food/Canned Goods
  • Spices
  • Mail
  • Expired OTC Medicine, Vitamins
  • Toys, Games, Puzzles, Cards
  • Electronics
  • Kids Artwork
  • Duplicate Photos
  • Linens, Towels, Blankets
  • VHS Video Tapes, DVD’s, CD’s
  • Computer Software, Floppy Discs
  • Knick-Knacks and Décor You Don’t Love
  • Dead Plants, Bulbs, Seeds
  • Planters, Pots
  • Holiday Decor You Don’t Love
  • Serving/Entertaining Pieces

  • Abandoned Craft Projects, Craft Supplies
  • Make-Up, Toiletries
  • Old Credit Card & Bank Statements
  • Lotions, Perfumes
  • Travel Samples
  • Dead Batteries
  • Greeting Cards
  • Extra Tools
  • Candles
  • Pet Paraphernalia
  • Costume Jewelry
  • Coupons
  • Old Receipts
  • Hats, Gloves, Scarves
  • Paint
  • Old Bills, Tax Returns (over 7 years)
  • Cleaning supplies
  • Coat Hangers
  • Newspapers
  • Partially Used Notebooks
  • Unneeded Business Cards
  • Old Take-Out Restaurant Menus
  • Eyeglasses
  • Separated Socks and Earrings
  • Extra Buttons
  • Travel Brochures, Maps
  • Shoes, Belts
  • Old Address Labels
  • Past Calendars
  • Old Pillows


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