It’s a new decade, y’all...which means its time to purge the unnecessary sh*t from your life, without guilt. 





This obviously means different things to different people. But all in all, it's about purging the items you no longer want, need, or find sentimental, with a solid argument to back it up.





Although, this blog post is going beyond that. Here we're talking about the items you probably forgot about anyway. The items that are hiding out, taking up valuable real estate, and collecting dust. Living deep within the cabinets and drawers of your home, because you moved onto better things.





Which can also be referred to as the ghosts of Technology's past. In a world where you can work smarter, not harder, why wouldn't you?

















1. HOME MANUALS





Imagine your dishwasher is leaking water at a tsunami pace and the kitchen is flooding. Your three-year-old is screaming in the background, while your six-year-old has decided to rip off his shirt. Now they are both jumping in the puddles. Would you bolt from the scene in search of the instruction manual?





Considering most of us are attached to our phones, you'd probably say screw it and just GOOGLE IT. There is a disaster in your midst and TIME IS OF THE ESSENCE!! Luckily for you, the brand and model of the appliance are usually on the front, which is the only information you need to get anything done these days. Most warranties are done online, too. If you truly can't part with your manuals, scan digital copies and save them in a designated folder on your computer.









2. DVDS/CDS





DVDs and CDs are the Beanie Babies of technology. People like to think these items will be worth more someday, but the odds are slim to none. They would have needed to be kept in pristine condition anyway and your husband’s copy of Dude, Where’s My Car? is already a lost cause. 





Clear out your collection and donate to your local library or second-hand store. You can find everything you had, plus more, on a streaming app, which is more efficient anyway. You don’t even need to get up off the couch! And let’s be honest, even if you don’t have a Netflix, Hulu, Disney +, Amazon Prime account, etc. I’m sure you can find someone to loan you their son’s friend’s mom’s sister’s brother-in-law’s username and password. 





If you refuse to purge the discs, at least get rid of the bulky cases and store them in a carrying case instead.









3. OLD ELECTRONICS





Speaking of outdated technology, desktop computers walked so iPhones could sprint. Here is a list of previously-useful electronics and a more efficient replacement. If you own any of the latter and don’t use the former, it’s time to recycle your old devices or donate or sell them to someone who will actually get some use out of it.





GPS Navigation Systems (Garmin, TomTom): Waze, Apple Maps, Google Maps 





DVD players: Netflix, Hulu, Disney +, Amazon Prime, Roku, and other streaming services 





CD players, iPods, mp3 players: Spotify, iTunes, and other streaming services 





Digital Cameras: Newer iPhones or Samsung phones with professional-grade camera lenses





This is in addition to any cords or accessories that came with your devices. The remotes, the cords, the manuals, everything. It's also important to keep in mind that technology is evolving at the speed of light, so continue to edit when necessary.









4. PAPER FILES





* Are you a Clea or a Joanna? Or in this case, are you a digital everything person or a paper sometimes person?










Hi, it's Clea. Joanna (a paper sometimes person) conveniently left the room to grab a snack, which means I can now spread my digital gospel in peace. (To all the other paper sometimes people, consider this my challenge to persuade you otherwise.)





A stack of paper is a slippery slope that can lead to a full-blown clutter catastrophe. I believe that anything that can be scanned, should be scanned. Unlike a traditional system, a digital system gives you an opportunity to pay little attention to space restrictions.





1. Create categories per usual, but on hard drives or secure websites like Dropbox instead.





2. You can group specific categories, like taxes or medical, and create subgroups within them. Since you won’t be rifling through the actual paperwork, you can be more specific. Once you are finished with the hard drive, label it and store it in a bin for easy access.





3. Digital file systems also allow you to search for your files by date or keyword. The way you name your files plays a large role in how easy they will be to find, so be consistent.





4. There are some files that you rarely need to access but still need to have for safe-keeping. Rather than wading through what you don’t need, archive them within the filing system.





5. For certain files, it helps to create a category for working documents that need to be completed. Once you are finished, you can upload it to its correct category.









5. LOOSE CHANGE





Great timing, Joanna's back! So, where were we? Oh, yes...





Coins have an uncanny ability to make their way into homes and never see the light of day. They can be found wedged between couch cushions, haphazardly thrown inside junk drawers, and hanging loose at the bottom of purses.





Coins, in general, are a nuisance. They are bulky and jingle all the way—and that’s something only Santa Claus can get away with. Now that virtually everywhere takes a card, including parking meters and toll roads, the need for loose change is obsolete.





As you go about your daily routine, round up all the coins you see and store them in a designated jar. Get your kids involved and call it a fun new game. Then head to the bank, deposit the coins, and be on your merry way.





Have a great new year!





xo, clea + joanna


Tip #1: Simplify Your Self-Care

It can be tough to prioritize self-care when you are so busy taking care of everything and everyone else—but that’s when it’s more crucial than ever! *cue flight attendant speech about putting your oxygen mask on before helping others* 

Sleep, stress, and immune health are connected systems—if one is off, so are the rest! Being able to streamline your solutions, rather than focusing on them separately, simplifies a routine. The new Nature Made Wellblends are our favorite because these supplements are targeted to balance our sleep, stress & immune health needs.

They come in capsule form, gummies, (that just so happen to taste amazing!), and fizzy drink mixes, which we can throw in our purses and take on the go! 

Tip #2: Designate a Drop Spot

Let us guess: Your kids get home from school and instantly drop all their things in a pile by the front door? Meet them in the middle with a drop spot system! This may include shoes, backpacks, lunch boxes, jackets, and after-school activity items like ballet shoes or soccer cleats—but every family is different. These items can be hung or stored in an open bin, what matters is that your kids can access them when necessary. Not only will this system leave clutter at the door and hold everyone accountable for their space, but you’ll be able to quickly grab whatever you need when rushing out the door.

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Graphite 4-Tier Metal Shoe Rack
Graphite 4-Tier Metal Shoe Rack
Modern Weave Storage Bin
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Water Hyacinth Storage Bins with Handles
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White Montauk Bins
White Montauk Bins
Cast-Iron Hook Rack
Cast-Iron Hook Rack
Acrylic U-Shelf
Acrylic U-Shelf

Tip #3: Create a Command Station

Every home needs a system for managing all the incoming and outgoing paper…or else it will quickly pile up on the countertop and stress you out. When creating your system, think in three general categories: To-Do, File, and Recycle. As a reminder for tasks at hand, To-Do papers need to remain organized but visually accessible in open trays or letter sorters. Files can either be stored in hanging file or document boxes, labeled by category, color, or both.

BONUS TIP: Designate a paper tray in clear view where your kids can place all the papers you need to sign or look over. 

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1″ Bigso White Stockholm Portfolio
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Bigso White Stockholm File Box and Letter-Size Folders Starter Kit
Bigso White Stockholm File Box and Letter-Size Folders Starter Kit
Bigso White Stockholm Office Storage Boxes
Bigso White Stockholm Office Storage Boxes
Bigso White Stockholm Paper Drawers
Bigso White Stockholm Paper Drawers
Bigso White Stockholm Photo Storage Box
Bigso White Stockholm Photo Storage Box
Bigso White Stockholm Stackable Letter Trays
Bigso White Stockholm Stackable Letter Trays
Acrylic Desktop File
Acrylic Desktop File

Tip #4: Prepare For Last-Minute Emergencies

It never fails – the moment you are about to walk out the door is also when your kid decides to confess they forgot to brush their teeth...or maybe it was a truly chaotic morning and you realize you forgot to brush yours. Oops! That’s why it’s better to keep a crisis-management kit right by the door for all your *oh no’s!* and *mommy, I forgot’s*.

Think back to your past experiences and decide what will come in handy. Some suggestions include toothpaste, toothbrushes, flossers, hairbrushes, hair ties, you name it. We suggest using stackable drawers, along with bin organizers to keep everything contained and categorized. 

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Custom Labels
Custom Labels

Tip #5: Set Up a Supply Station

For most people, the kitchen table is the homework headquarters. But instead of lugging supplies back and forth on a daily basis, store on a rolling cart! Not only does this system on wheels save space, but it also manages clutter for less distractions! Categorize and contain using bins or turntables just as you would on a closet shelf. 

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White 3-Tier Rolling Cart
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THE  Clear Rolling Cart
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Elfa White Mesh Gift Wrap Cart
Elfa White Mesh Gift Wrap Cart

What are your favorite back-to-school organization tips? Feel free to share them with the class below! 

†This statement has not been evaluated by the Food and Drug Administration. These products are not intended to diagnose, treat, cure, or prevent any disease.

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