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11 Lessons (46m)
    • 1. Winning at Organization

    • 2. Who is Rebekah Saltzman

    • 3. Visualization and Goals

    • 4. What do I need to buy

    • 5. Castoffs

    • 6. Decluttering

    • 7. Organizing

    • 8. Papers

    • 9. Sentimental

    • 10. Holding On

    • 11. Wrap Up

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About This Class

This class is for people who have been getting stuck on organizing their homes and need real solutions for decluttering and organizing from a professional organization expert. You will get actionable tips and tricks to make your home into your castle and actually enjoy living in an organized tidy space!

We will cover:

  • Visualizing how you want your home to look and imagining your new reality of a clutter free home.
  • How to Declutter
  • How to Organize with special sections for paper and sentimental items.
  • How to store and set up spaces
  • How to avoid clutter in the future.

There a few simple rules to organizing, once you learn them in this beginners class, you will have important skills to win at organization!

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Rebekah Chaifetz Saltzman

Clear Your Clutter, Clear Your Mind.


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1. Winning at Organization: Hi, I'm Rebecca Saltzman, and I'm a personal organization expert, and today I want to welcome you toe winning at organizations in this series will learn core principles of organisation and actionable items so that you can implement organization in your home. And at the end of this process, you'll have the home you desire. But mostly you'll have the home you deserve. I believe your home is your castle, and in order for you to have the home, your desire and deserve the objects in your whole need to serve you and have their own place when they don't have a place and there's clutter and disarray in your home, this objects cannot serve you. And so you can't have the home you desire and deserve and reach your goal of having a home that you want to come home, Teoh. So in this class, we're gonna learn how to organize. How did the clutter, how to deal with sentimental items, what to do with the objects once you declutter them and how to sustain this new organizational system. So join me today in winning at organization, and remember, I'm here to help you. So if you have any questions, please write them in the comments, and I'll do my best to answer them 2. Who is Rebekah Saltzman: Hello and welcome to Class two of winning at organization with Rebecca Saltzman. I am Rebecca Saltzman, but you may be wondering, who is Rebecca Saltzman? It's me. Ever since I was a little kid, I always wanted to be a fashion designer, and when I worked at a clothing store in high school, I used Teoh. Have a little personal shopping business on the side for my customers at that store, and I would go to their homes and clear out their closets. And I did that even when I was in college. And after I cleared out their closets, I would, you know, go ahead and shop for them on. It was only natural that I would become a fashion designer, and I went to Parsons School of Design and I became one. But I didn't like it, so I worked as a graphic designer. Instead, I mainly focused on fashion areas like textiles, but then I switched sort of two logos and invitations and brochures and printed materials until I started working as a logo. A pin designer. Great in 2012 as I was working as a graphic designer, I read the book zero Waste home and it really, really inspired me. And I didn't know how I could marry the new inspiration that I had with reducing my waist. And, you know, the job that I currently did as a graphic designer? Well, that's when I saw Ned that ah couple had posted that they were moving from New York to Israel and they needed help downsizing their apartment. And I thought, This is the perfect job for me and I was so excited and I applied for the job and I answer the job on I got the job and I quit my other job and them I became a personal organizer. That was five years ago. Almost, Um, today I work as a professional organization expert. My company is called Qala Gone B. Gone well. A gun is a Hebrew word for chaos disorder clutter. It's an all encompassing word. People use it all the time, but it's a general's disorganization, and it's really great when you apply it to a personal organization company. Because Balogun is really like the whole state of mind that goes around with being disorganized in general. If you want tohave more one on one time with me you can for sure join my Facebook group that I created just for skill share at winning at organization. Or you can follow me on Instagram and or Twitter. I teach people how to clear their clutter, reduced their waste and thusly clear their minds. In order to do that, I believe that you can't organize clutter and that when you finally do clear the cutter, you clear your mind. So stick with me for Class three, which is called Visualization and Goals, if you wanna win at organization. 3. Visualization and Goals: Hello and welcome to Class three Visualization and goals at winning and at organization. I'm Rebecca Saltzman. In order to achieve organization, you need to set some goals and visualize the reality of these goals. This is so much easier than it sounds to help you along with this. I've created the first class project. You're gonna download the worksheet, and it looks like this. It has a room for each. A column A is the number of each room you want to dio column B is the name of the room. So, as you can see in this slide I put down the kitchen is the room that I want to start with. So you write the name of the room and column B and columns. See, you're going to set the goals for yourself. I've made three goals for the kitchen. The first is to clear out the expired food. The second is to reduce the unused objects, and the third IST have matching food containers. After that, I'll take a before picture and paste that into column D. And after that, when it's out when the organization is done, I'll take a picture of column of it of the after and plate pasted and colony. The object of this worksheet is to really help you create a really picture. I want you to be detailed. I want you to imagine how being organized will save you. Time will save you. Money will save you frustration and will save you energy. Imagine how organization will mean spending less time tiding up and less time looking for your things. Really think about it. Visualize how you can just walk out of the door in the morning cause you know exactly where your keys are, where your wallet or your purse is exactly where your water bottle is. You'll know just how to get out of the house, and it won't be frustrating. Time zap anymore. I want you to chime in with your successes on the Facebook group. Let me know your comments, your questions, your success stories or at least your before pictures. You can either join the winning it at organization Facebook group or tag me on Instagram or Twitter. Remember, you can't organize clutter when you clear your clutter, you clear your mind. So stick with me for class for what do I need to buy and win at organization 4. What do I need to buy: hello and welcome to class for What do I need to buy? I'm Rebecca Saltman, and this class is called Winning at Organization. You may be wondering, What do I need to buy that I can win at organization? The answer is simple. Nothing, at least not yet. There's no need to spend a small fortune on containers, Ben's boxes, baskets, racks or any sorters or anything like that. First, let's de clutter and second we can organize. The truth is, now that you're gonna have less stuff, you're likely to be able to have freed up really essential real estate for the important things that you are keeping. You should also be able to repurpose a lot of what you already have, like bend or boxes or crates or racks are all those kinds of things, and it's always best to reduce, reuse and recycle things that you already have. Instead of buying new things, I want to know how you're doing. So chime in on the Facebook group that I created just for skill share called Winning at Organization or tweet me or direct, Message me on Instagram and let me know your questions, comments, success stories or at least show me or before and after pictures. Remember, you can organize clutter, so when you clear your clutter, you clear your mind. Stick with me for class five. What do I do with my cast offs so that you can win at organization? 5. Castoffs: Hello and welcome to Class five. What do I do with my cast off? I'm Rebecca Saltzman, and this class is called Winning at Organization. Before you start organizing, it's a good idea to figure out what will I do with my cast offs? This is a huge dilemma for most people. I suggest getting a few large boxes. You can recycle them from the grocery store. They'll be happy to give them to you. And it's one less thing for you to purchase and make market each box, keep toss, donate and recycle. Here's a tip for you. If you have clothing that's not suitable for donation, put it in a plastic bag marked rags and bring it to your local donation spot. They can recycle it for you. Off course. There's another option. That's so I don't really recommend this option often except for very high ticket items. And even then, I really try to encourage my clients to not be precious about their items. Sell it for cheap and let it go. If you don't, it has a tendency to sit by your door and never, ever leave your house, and it just creates more clutter. So your best bet for sales are consignment stores, pawnshops or any based or, you know, one of those by eBay stores that they have on strip malls all over the country. For larger items, you can try Craigslist Facebook by cell swab groups, local um, for your city and state or eBay with pick up only. It's important really important to have a plan before you start decluttering so that everything doesn't just end up sitting around, sell it for cheap and let it go. You'll be happy. You did Remember Teoh Toe. Let me know if you're having any questions or comments, or if you have success, I want to see your success. So send me a picture posted in the Facebook group I created just for skill share, winning at organization. Or you can tweet me or direct message me on instagram or tag me on instagram. Remember, you can not organized clutter. Now's your chance to make a plan and let it know where it's gonna go. And remember that when you clear your clutter, you clear your mind. So stick with me for classics, how to declutter and then you're gonna win at organization 6. Decluttering: Hello and welcome to classics How to declutter. I'm Rebecca Saltzman, and this class is called Winning at Organization. There's no silver bullet and organizing, but it's best when you aren't alone. So get a friend or partner to help you and keep you moving along and accountable. The best way to start, in my opinion, is to take a before picture. This way, you can measure your success by viewing the before and after picture next to each other. Now, the great time to refer to Project One. It's a good time for you to remember to visualize your goal in whatever room you're working in and imagine how the room will look when you've completed it and you've been successful. Where will everything go? How tidy Willoughby, how will you feel to be in that room is gonna feel great, and it will help you push through the hard parts you have to dio while you were working in the room. Now music is gonna inhibit your decision making capacity, so keep it to a minimum or not at all. It's okay to talk to your friend or your partner your accountability partner, but try to keep the music off if you can. A great place Teoh Experience successes if you start small so let's take the example of the bathroom medicine cabinet. Just take everything out, put it in the sink wherever it is in a box. Whatever. Just get it all out of the Cabinet and then you can decide. Is it? Are you gonna keep it? Toss it or donate it or recycle it? By the way, women shelters love donations of beauty products because they don't always get them or they don't have them. And they always have women rotating who need those kind of things. So if you have a shelter near you, you know where your shelter is. Our homeless shelter. Also, it's a great way to give back, um, and help people in need. So decide. Do I need this? What am I going to do with it? And when you're putting it back, go step by step and sort it as you're putting it back. Put all the dental items on one shelf, put the creams on another shelf, but the first aid honest on 1/3 shelf, and as you're putting the items back, arrange them so they're in a pleasing manner. You can arrange them by color. You can arrange them by size. I like the size but do whatever is most pleasing to you. So now you've had a little success. It's time to move on to a bigger location now as we go as we declutter each room, we're gonna find paper and sentimental items in each of these rooms. But I want just to save these items. Still class eight and nine because they're big items and there can be hard to deal with. So let's put them aside and gather them all together as we go and they'll all be in one place and then weaken. Learn how to deal with them successfully later on. If you do see something that's trash on the way, feel free to throw it out. But in general, I'd like you to just stash it all together, make a pile of the paper, make a pile of the sentimental Z and let's keep on decluttering. Let's start with clothing, whatever you love and whatever fit to you what you're actually wearing, keep it, recycle the stuff that's worn, torn and stained and donate anything you haven't worn in the last six months to a year. If it's too big or too small, it doesn't matter. Let it go. I like to do this at the end of each season because that's the best time to see what I actually wore that season. But if you wanna wait a whole season, okay, I don't recommend that it's best to do it after each season. Food this for a lot of people is a trigger. I don't know why you keep whatever is fresh, unexpired and whatever smells good. Toss anything that's out of date that sour smelling, the wrong color. Um, anything that you think might just be spoiled. Let it go and recycle all the bottles, cans and jars whenever possible. And if you have the facilities in your area to do so, the kitchen items are tricky. You should only keep what's in good condition. Anything that's chipped or broken or duplicate, you can either throw away or donate. Um, people have trouble letting go of kitchen items, especially cause some of them are sentimental, but do the best you can. You can always take a second pass. I want to talk for a second about uni taskers you need taskers are something that only dio one thing like a melon baller or a carrot peeler or, well, a vegetable peeler, I guess, is the right name or an avocado slicer. Now, a lot of times, those union taskers are great for people who are disabled and have limited mobility in their hands. But for the general population, I find that a really great sharp knife is just is useful and so much better. And you can even have two or three different size knives, and those function better than all of the uni taskers put together. I like the global brand knives, but you can use whatever sharp knife you like. It's a great investment to invest in knives and have them sharpened yearly or bi annually in general. Chuck, anything that can't be repaired or anything you will not repair because, you know, people hold on to things thinking they're gonna repair them, but they don't actually do that. Let's talk about books who books. Books are not the same as paper. Just pick it up, make a quick glance at it and make a choice. Don't open it. Don't look through it. Um, I have had people sort of shake it out, because sometimes there are things in books like money, so OK, Feel free to shake it out. But don't sit with it for more than 30 seconds. Make a decision. If you can't make a decision, move it to the bottom of the pile and go back to it at the end. But keep it moving. That's the most important thing. Don't try to ruminate over each decision. It's OK to let things go. Trust that if you let it go, you have something else that can take its place. Now that you've done the hard part of the decluttering, take joy in the after photo that you've just taken and see how much better and how much more space you have. I want to know about your success. So chime in on the Facebook group winning at organization that I created just for you. Skills share members or, um, tag me on instagram or on Twitter and let me know if you have questions or comments or successes, and I really, really want to see your before and your after pictures. Remember, you can't organize the clutter, so now you're de cluttering Let it go. Also, I want you to tell May now that you've cleared some of your clutter, is your mind more clear? Because I really believe when you clear your clutter, your clear your mind, notice that sense of relief you're feeling from having less and being able to see the things you actually do. Want tohave Stick with me for class seven on how to organize. We're gonna talk about how to put it all back and then you'll be a winner at organization. 7. Organizing: Hello and welcome to Class seven. How to organise? I'm Rebecca Saltman, and this class is called Winning at Organization Bravo. You're done with the de clutter, and now you need to put it all back. What? That seems like a huge task, doesn't it? But it's not so hard. I want you to keep organized at the end of all this. I'll go through a few extra tips so you can not have to de clutter again because it is kind of a big deal. Now is your second chance. Do you really want to keep it? Think about it. Do you really need the extra bottle of fish sauce or your prom dress or 57 glasses? Probably not. So take this time to take a second pass. While you're putting things back to decide if you really need to keep something, how do we put things back? Well, like items go together seems obvious, but sometimes it's not always obvious. So spices with spices, shirts with shirts, dresses with dresses. So one and so on. I like to arrange things by color and then by size in my closet. I have my long sleeve shirts together and my short sleeve shirts together. I have all my gym clothes together in one section. I have all my dresses together in one section, and then I arrange them by sleeveless. So I hope that is a great start for a guy for you. You can arrange it. Whatever makes the most sense to you. Item should go near where There you so clothing in your bedroom where you get dressed, office supplies and school supplies in your office, where you would use those kind of supplies, or where it would make most sense to you. Toe. Look for those things when you need them. We don't always need all of our office supplies all the time, but when we need them, we want to be able to find them and not have to buy things that we already have. Avoid needing to declutter again by following the next few guidelines. Do not over purchase. I can't stripped stress this enough takes back before you shop. By doing this by making a list or taking a picture of the things that you already have. You won't be ableto over purchase because you'll know what you already have in stock. Avoid making purchases you don't need. This is also uh, part of the first step is by taking a picture and having a list, you'll now exactly what you already have, and you won't have to purchase again by the best thing you can afford. Because when you do that, you're allowing yourself to hold on to something, probably for a little bit longer. And if it does break, it probably has a better warranty on it than the cheaper item that so it will be easier to replace or get repaired. When you do buy a replacement for something, please get rid of the thing you were replacing that is broken or stained or destroyed or not usable anymore. There's a reason you're replacing the shirt or the headphones that you have because they weren't working. So Chako, I want to know how your success is going chime in and the winning at Organization Facebook group that I created just for skill share direct message me on instagram or tag me on Instagram or Twitter and let me know your questions and your comments. I want to hear them and I really want to see her before and after pictures remember, you can't organize clutter, so use this opportunity to get rid of extra things that you didn't declare on the first time. I hope by now you're feeling when you clear your clutter, your clear your mind and your mind is more free from all the clutter you've reduced. So stick with me for class age, where we'll talk about how to arrange, organize papers and when at organization. 8. Papers: Hello and welcome to Class eight papers. I'm Rebecca Saltzman, and this class is called Winning at Organization. If papers just the idea of papers fill you with dread and stick with me if it's an easy issue for you to tackle. Great. But I think you could still find some great tips in this lesson anyway. So have a listen. Paperwork isn't never ending problem. Most people experience it in their lives. It's great if you can eat Bill whatever you can and minimize your paper, but it's not possible for every type of paper. So there's several types of paper. The first is junk mail that you got to stop it before it starts. Go to a website like catalog choice dot warg and sign up for them to remove you from there from mailing lists. And this will help curb the catalogue and junk mail that you get by a lot. It really, really does work, and it's worth it to invest a little bit of time. It's also great for saving the planet. The less trees that we have for being used for paper that we don't really want. The more state, the better. It is for the earth. Um, this is also a great option. Returned to sender. It only works on first class mail a lot of times if charities and do something. I opened it up. If it's not first class mail and they have sometimes ah, free postage paid envelope and I send it back asking them to take me off their list. Ah, lot of times I call the charity and ask them to take me off their list, especially if it's not something I want to donate to. And I don't want all their mailings, But don't let the John come in the house. You can leave a recycling bin by the front door and drop it there so that you don't have to deal with it later and just take two minutes to sort through the mail and get rid of the junk. Okay, so of course you have papers that that you need, like your mortgage or your car lease or whatever it is that specific to you and those get filed. Now, this is my personal favorite way of filing. Uhm eyes. I like to sort, um by category, for example, I might have all my tax documents in a folder called You Know by the Year name, and I'll just dump everything in there and at the end of the era handed over to my accountant and it's all ready to go, and I know that I'm missing anything. Um, like all the mortgage documents are filed on her mortgage documents, the car information has filed another car. Information and everything, um, is all together and it and it makes sense, and it's easy to find. But a lot of people like the accordion file option, and there's a few different ways you can organize them. One is you can do it as a year. So like if you wanted to do it for all of your tax documents, if you had a tax, a lot of tax documents, you could do one section for, you know, um, uh, you get in one section for charitable donations and one for deductions and one for medical , and you could sort it that way and thes nice. The nice option about accordion folders is that they come in a lot of different sizes in terms of how maney folders are actually in them, and, um, the other thing you can do is documents that are all the same type. So like, for example, you might want to keep seven years of your tax returns all in one folder. In this way, if you need them, they're all in one place, and when you get the the newest one, you take out the oldest one. And you know that's also a really good way to store papers. The nice thing about these is that they're usually plastic, and so it will protect though the documents from any water damage. Okay, now scanning is one of my like favorite things to do with paper, because you get to sort of keep the information. But it's all digital, and it's easy to find now. Most scanners have PdF software recognition, and you can see ah, sort of where, UM, you could search for it in your computer. So that's a really, really nice um, feature. If you're on the market for a new printer to try to pick one, that's a printer fax document feeder scanner. That's a really great option. If not, um, most of us have, like a really high end cell phone Get camp scanner or Evernote scannable and you can start scanning documents that way. And also thes two features Have a searchable, um, components to them, and so you can also search for them. They also have some storage features. Two, which is really nice. Um, if you need something more robust, you have a lot of documents, depending on how many you have these air. The two that I use, either the scan snap I X 500 which is like 50 pages a minute or something like that. And the scan snap s 1300. I That's a portable one. And it it's not. Point is fast, but it's still pretty good and doesn't take up a lot of space. You can get them both use second hand on eBay, and they're still being really great condition. And it'll save you a lot of money. I'm a storage. This is a problem for a lot of people where we store all our papers. Well, if you scan them, you can store them in a one terabyte hard drive. Or you could use cloud storage like Dropbox, iCloud or Google drive. Um, they even have free features where you get a certain amount up to a certain amount, depending on the service, You per you choose and it's free. So you only have to pay if you go above that, I still like the hard drive is just a backup, Um, and something I can keep with me and take with me. Um and it's nice to have, but both are good and they're both not really expensive. So you could do them both if you wanted Teoh. And they also don't take up a lot of space. So that's OK, too. Um, I recommend all of my clients get fireproof, waterproof, safe. So I like the document size ones. It's great for birth certificates and marriage license and all those things that are really , really hard to replace if they get lost, damaged or destroyed. Um, I always feel scan what you can and shred the rest. That's my, um, so I recommend the male May Treader. You can get it at Staples. It's a little bit on the expensive side, but it's really worth it. It's small, and it handles, takes a lot of of abuse, so it's a really, really great treader. Um, like I said before, E bills are your best option for whenever you can and you can organize them on the computer or save them in your email inbox or in your email folder specifically for bills. Don't save anything in your inbox, so I want to know how you're doing If you're having success, if you're having a struggle, talk to me on the Facebook group, winning at organization that I created just for skill share or you can ah tweet at me or you can tag me on instagram and just let me know where your and I love seeing pictures, so keep them coming. Remember, you can't organize clutter, so let it go, especially with the paper. You can scan it so I'm as good. And let me know if this is really true for you, because it's true for me. When you clear your clutter, you clear your mind. I want to know. Is your mind more clear now that you have less and less clutter? So stick with me for Class nine sentimental items and win at organization 9. Sentimental: Hello and welcome to Class nine Sentimental items. I'm Rebecca Saltzman, and this class is called Winning at Organization. Say I want to just take a second before I get into the sentimental items and talk to you about storage solutions. At this point, you've probably sorted all of your stuff most of the stuff anyways, and you put back a bunch of stuff, but you might realize that you need a few types of storage solutions, and that's OK, but I want you to really evaluate what you actually need to purchase new. Is there anything you can take from other parts of the house? Reuse. Maybe some in the kitchen you got rid of a bunch of or you decided to get rid of, Ah, bunch of, um, plastic containers. Can you re use those in any of the drawers in the office? Where can you re reuse that? You don't have to keep purchasing and perhaps purchase something in error usually have cleared so much stuff by now that you don't really need storage solutions. There's everything fits in the drawer, and you have a space for everything. But maybe you need something to corral, you know the loose pens Or, you know what you have just isn't cutting it for you. When you really do want to invest in something new and good and right purchase with a plan because you don't want to make a purchase that isn't right. And research the products that you are going to buy so that you buy the right one and you don't have to keep purchasing because you made a mistake the first time by purchasing with a plan and researching the products that are best for you, you're gonna make sure to not over purchase and by too much when you go to the store just by what you came in for and leave because if you over purchase, you're gonna get back into the same issue you had before where you need to declutter again , and we don't want to have to go through that process again. If we don't have Teoh, so purchase with a plan and it will save you in the long run. Now let's talk about sentimental items. Sometimes sentimental items need their own storage, and I'm gonna talk about this also in the next class, so keep listening and stay tuned But when they have storage for sentimental items, often things that need to be archival. So you might need to get archival boxes for, like, very important papers or some something like that that you don't wanna risk being deteriorated by regular storage boxes. So I might understand if you needed to buy something for sentimental items, but still purchase with a plan. Now is the time to take a pass. A second pass at your sentimental items. Before, when you were decluttering you, I told you to move the sentimental items off to the side and just hold on to them until we got to The central sentimental items, which is now, were at the sentimental items. Now, so take a second pass at the items and see, What do you really need? Are you? Why are you holding onto things? Are you holding onto things because you think they're important? I want you to remember as your sorting everything. You can't take it with you when you die. When you die, your kids are gonna have to sort through all of this stuff again. And they're gonna think, Oh, my gosh, My parents saved this for me because they thought it was important. So it must be important and I have to save it. Teoh. And that's really a terrible burden to put on our kids. So I really think long and hard about why you're saving it and and how how it's important to you on what you can really do with it and be honest. And if it's not serving, you let go. Just let it go. Um, if you're having trouble letting go, you can take a picture. And that sometimes helps with the feelings that we have the guilt, maybe about letting things go or just the desire for us to keep this item close to us. We you look at it, his memory, even though it's not something we ever really look at, We know that it's there and it's comforting or when we find it, we're happy about it. But taking a picture can often times serve the same purpose of making us feel joy when we're looking at it and it takes up, ah, lot less space and it's a lot less difficult to store. So if you're on the fence about something, take a picture. If it's really important to you put it on display so many times I find that my clients have , like, important china or tea sets or collections that they've inherited, and it's important to them and they love it and they think it's beautiful. Put it on display. Enjoy looking at it. Don't keep it, you know, holed up in a box, Look at it and all the better. If you can use it, look at it, use it. Put it on display. Put its where. If it's important to you, put it where it's important, and let everybody else know that it's also important to you If you don't want to put it on display. If you don't want to use it, think about it. Why are you keeping it? What is what am I? What hold does it have over me? What is? Is it important to get to the heart of its importance? And then you can decide really what it is, why it has a hold on you. If you need to go back to it in a little bit, go back to it in a little debit. Write the date on the box market note on your calendar to go check it and check it again and, you know, six weeks or two months or whatever and then go back and make a decision. But keep it at the forefront of your mind because it's important to make these decisions again, not only so that our Children don't have to make these decisions for us, but also because we need to be in control of what our stuff is when we are not working for when our stuff is not working for us, we work for our stuff, and that is a terrible thing to be a slave to your thing. So let the stuff that you have worked for you. If it's not working for you, let it go. I want to know your progress. So keep me posted on the winning at Organization Facebook Group that I created. Send me a message on Instagram or Twitter or email me you can email me to or let me know just how you're doing, and I want to know. I want to hear your comments and your questions and your success stories, and I love pictures to send me some pictures. Remember that you can't organize clutter, and when you clear your clutter, your clear your minds. So stick with me for class 10 where we're going to discuss holding on and we'll talk about how to store what we actually need. Quote unquote what we think we need and where if you keep with us for holding on, you're gonna be a winner at organization. 10. Holding On: Hello and welcome to Class 10 holding on I, Rebecca Saltzman, and this is winning at organization. So we've made it to the last class, and I think that there might be a few things that were still holding onto especially sentimental things. So what I want you to do is make a timeline for their end date. What's when do they stop being useful to you? Um, maybe they don't have an end date, but I think a lot of the things that we do have do have end AIDS. Let's take this example. Let's say you have two boys 16 and ones three. You're receiving all the clothes from your six year old for when your three year old is ready for them. That's great. But how much do you actually need to hold on to? And what are you gonna do with the clothing after the second boy is done for it? And what is the plan for it? Holding on is OK, but it's really important to set limits and give yourself a timeline for how much you can really keep in your house. For example, you might want to save 300 shirts. I know you don't want to save 20 shirts, 20 pans, but that's not a realistic number. And if you look through the clothing probably all 20 pieces, let's say of what you have aren't even worth saving. So the first thing you should do is Onley save the very best stuff and then pick a limit. Maybe it's eight pairs of pants or 10 pairs of underwear or two sweatshirts or whatever it is. It doesn't matter what the number is for. You think about the space that you have to store, what you have, that you want a store and then decide how much you can really fit into that space. Now, the really important thing to consider in this scenario is how much is that second child actually gonna need? I bet that by the time you get to that second child wearing that size, you'll be purchasing a few extra things. Or maybe something won't fit just great, right? Or maybe a stain will have developed over the three years that you're waiting to use it, and some of the stuff won't actually be in the condition you thought it was in, and so therefore you might need to buy a few extra things. Or you might even need to buy a few extra things because maybe you weren't able to pass down socks and you only to buy that child sock. So I think the important thing to consider is really your limits. Set a guideline for how much stuff you can really hold onto. Said something tangible. You can keep Teoh and and allow yourself itself toe have the capability toe, let go of items you don't really need or want. Like when you're setting the limits of how much how many clothing items you're saving from kid to kid. Or when you said a limit of how maney, um, letters your grandparent's wrote to each other, or you know how many glasses you're saving for a fancy special occasion. You're allowing yourself to understand your your limitations on space, but also on how much you will actually be using. When you do use these items, it also gives you a chance. Teoh have more space, even if it's empty space, because when you limit the amount of possessions you have, you're saying, I'm this is the space I have. This is a finite thing It's not infinite when you say this is all I'm gonna allow to be in this space. If you have empty space around it, that's great, because empty space is not a bad thing. And when you say like I'm only gonna allow my my boys to have this many pairs of clothes and like their closet, it's okay to be empty. It's actually gonna give them space to keep it cleaner, because you will be able to have more room to sort. But it will also help them and you understand that. Are objects have limits? There's only so much we can have before our objects start to control us instead of us controlling our objects. Empty space is a really good thing. It's OK to have it, and it's important to have it. And you should definitely definitely have empty space. Now let's talk about how to store the clothing that you do want to save or any items that you do want to save. If it's clothing items, vacuum storage bags are really popular. I find that they sometimes tend to leak. So if you have this base, plastic bins with locking lids are good option or Also, canvas bags are a good option. Um, sentimental items should be in archival boxes. Or also, plastic bins are are also okay. Um, paper doesn't do so well in plastic bins, but archival bins are good for for items that are paper that you want to save. If you're saving things, you should label everything, especially if it's not in a clear bucks. You You've got to know what is in each box so that when you're ready for it when you want it, you know exactly which box to look in, and you don't waste time going from box to box to box. Remember, what you put inside is important to resist. Please resist the urge. Teoh Group non like items together on Lee keep related items in the same boxes For certain items you can mark an expiration date. So, for example, on a box of clothes that you're not sure if your kid is ever gonna fit into market on the box, I give myself till this date. And if I don't, then if I don't open the box than out, it goes without me even looking at it now, some people get worried about that If you feel really compelled to look at it, look at it. But better because you'll already know The contents even just marked the contents on the outside and say CIA. But it's also a good idea to set a reminder on your calendar so that you remember to do it . Sorting frequently takes a lot of work, but it's really worthwhile, and it's necessary to maintaining your organization by sorting frequently. You allow yourself to manage the clutter that sometimes comes into our home without, um, you're able to manage it without constantly having to go back and doing a full de cluttering. I want to know how this whole process went for you. So chime in on the Facebook group, winning at organization or follow me on instagram or Twitter and let me know how you've been doing and send me. You know what, your before pictures. I really want to see him. And now I want to see your after pictures, too. Remember, you cannot organize clutter, and when you clear your clutter, you clear your mind. That's how you win that organization. There's one more class left, Justin Outro, So please listen up so that you can really win at organization 11. Wrap Up: Hi and welcome to the wrap up. I'm Rebecca Saltzman, and this is winning at organization. Thanks for sticking with me till the end. In this episode, I want to just go through a review of everything that we learned and a few little extra bonus tips. So, first, I want you to remember that constant vigilance is the key to maintaining organization. It's really important. I would set aside about 30 minutes every week to make sure that you get a chance to go through problem areas in your home like your front entrance way or your kitchen countertop and just sort through and put everything where it belongs, entered its home and discard what you need to discard. Store what you need to store and move on from place to place, because really 30 minutes a week should really help keep you in really great shape. Here's a review of all the tips. First of all, get a partner Second, no music third, which we didn't talk about. But it's important. Don't chuck other people's stuff for, like items go together. Five. Check what you have before you buy so you don't over by six. Shop with a list so you don't over by seven. Don't over by eight. Donate what you can instead of selling. Nine. Reuse before you buy something, buy something new or repurpose what you already have. For example, making a uni tasker into a multi tasker. Here's a good tip. If you have a staple remover, you can use it as a key ring open or two to get hard. Teoh fit keys on the ring. Number 10. If it's important to you, give it a real home. Make it a priority in your home by displaying and showcasing it and remove other items that are less important. So you have the space for the important items. I really hope you learned how to win at organization in this class. I still want to know what your thoughts and feelings are and how you're doing. And if you have questions or comments and I definitely want to hear your success so China and on the Facebook group winning an organization or catch up with me on instagram and or Twitter and remember you can't organize clutter, and when you clear your clutter, you clear your mind. You are now a winner at organization. Thanks so much for joining me