Yesterday I shared how I’m trying to keep my gift list organized this year. My goal is to be purposeful to give gifts that are wanted, needed, and don’t clutter up the homes of my friends and family.
Writing that post got me thinking about gift ideas that could help beat clutter once and for all. I racked my brain and got to work. Here are 12 clutter busing gift ideas that anyone is sure to love!
12 Clutter Busting Gift Ideas
How to deal with paper overload is the #1 problem I get asked about. Even in this paperless society, we’re constantly bombarded with more and more paper. Learning to process paper quickly is one way to keep those piles from getting higher. Knowing if and where to file paper is one way to stay on top of it. Scanning and trashing the paper is another. Here are two of my absolute favorite paper clutter busting products on the market!
I’ve mentioned the freedom filer before and there’s no question I’ll mention it again. It is hands-down the best filing system I’ve ever come across and I’m pretty sure it’s the only reason I feel organized in the paper department. I just wish I hadn’t waited so long to get it.
If you’re looking to give a loved one the gift of organization this year, the freedom filer is the absolute easiest way to help them tackle files. Here’s why:
- There are 7 categories and each category is broken down into every conceivable subject. There are obvious files. But there are also folders for random things I’ve never known what to do with (i.e. “ideas” for all those things you eventually want to do, “coupons” for those monthly fliers you get in the mail, etc.).
- The monthly and tax categories have 2 sets of labels…one for odd years and one for even years. Think about how brilliant this is for the transition period between the January 1 and April 15 tax season. After taxes are submitted there is even a folder to file documents for a decade…or forever if you’re more comfortable with that.
- An easy to use instruction guide is included to walk you through the process of setting up your files.
- A reference section is included to help you figure out where to put a document in case you forget or are deciding between 2 folders.
- 5 reference cards are available that can be used by you (or anyone else in your absence) to figure out where important documents are located.
- Freedom Filer sends monthly and yearly email reminders so you rotate and purge files regularly.
- The only thing not included is a file box or drawer, hanging files, and plastic file tabs for the hanging folders.
Fujitsu ScanSnap iX500 Scanner for PC and Mac
I researched scanners like it was my job this year. I needed a scanner that was EASY to use and would help me process paper quickly. After far to long researching, there was one scanner that kept coming to the top of the list: the Fujitsu ScanSnap iX500. There’s a mile long list detailing all the benefits of the ScanSnap. But I don’t speak “tech,” these are the features that stood out to me when researching the ScanSnap:
- It works with BOTH Mac and PC.
- It has a seamless setup process.
- It integrates easily with Evernote, Google Docs, your hardrive, the cloud, Power Point and many other options. That means you can store your documents almost anywhere.
- It scans all sizes of paper, including business cards.
- It scans up to 25 pages per minute, so you can get through that pile quickly.
- It scans BOTH sides of the paper at the same time.
- It’s small.
- It has a complimentary app for your phone.
- It scans both black & white and color. Think of all those photos you could finally digitize!
The only downside is that it’s more expensive that a lot of other scanners. But when it comes to the headache that paper piles bring, I think it’s worth the price. I wrote all about my href=”http://springcleaning365.com/the-easiest-way-to-go-paperless/”>admiration of this scanner during the paperless series on Spring Cleaning 365 so click on over to read more.
Garage Organization Kit
Organizing paper is one thing, but organizing an entire room full of clutter is another. Earlier this year my husband and I completely revamped the garage. We painted. Eliminated clutter. And organized the kids’ toys and gear. One the best organizational purchases we ever made was this Fast Track System by Rubbermaid. It was easy to install and it’s completely customizable. You can attached specific hooks for almost any tool or toy you can think of. One of my favorites is the basket to corral all of our basketballs! If you’re looking to keep your husband…or kids…area of the garage organized, I can’t recommend this system enough!
Spice Rack for the Kitchen
Earlier this year, I showed you how I organized my pantry. During that process I added two spice racks to the door of my pantry. To this day, I still love opening the pantry door and seeing how clean and organized it is. Those simple spice racks have made cooking so much fun!
I suppose just about any spice rack will do, but here are a few reasons I like this particular spice rack:
- It’s easy to install.
- Keeping spices out of a drawer or off a shelf gives you more useable space in the kitchen.
- Being able to see all your spices at eye level keeps you from buying duplicate spices, helps you see which spices you use most, and makes you more likely to use them since they aren’t “out of sight, out of mind.”
When clothes fall off the hanger and land on the floor, your closet automatically looks cluttered. Clothes can get get ruined because their crinkled on the floor. Time is wasted because there’s the constant hanging up, falling off, hanging up. Voices might even raise because the closet floor is always a mess 🙂
If your kids or spouse have a problem keeping their clothes organized in the closet, consider giving them hangers (like these velvet no-slip hangers) to make it easy on them!
iPad or Kindle
Books and magazines can clutter up a home in no time. I didn’t think it was possible, but I thoroughly enjoy reading electronic books now. For some reason, I read faster on a devise. That, my friends, comes in quite handy now that I have kids running around! If you want to give the gift of a clutter free bookshelf, an iPad or Kindle may be in store.
Speaking of reading, one of my favorite way to “read” a book is by listening to it. Every night I listen to a podcast or book as I go to sleep. I just let my mind wonder and it’s wonderful! I listen to books on my phone or computer using Audiobooks.com. At first I thought they’d only have old, outdated books. But that’s not the case at all! I’ve found almost every single new release I’ve wanted to read! They have several gift subscription options available and some even have a one month free trial!
Baskets, Baskets, and More Baskets
Something as simple as using baskets in every room, on every shelf, and in every closet can help make a disorganized mess into an orderly area. When you can keep all of your children’s toy cars hidden in one basket, it makes toy clean up easy. When you know outgrown clothes go in the basket on the closet shelf, it makes it easy to know what to put in the consignment sale. Baskets are wond-er-ful when it comes to keeping clutter in order!
Of course you can’t have baskets hiding all of your stuff if you don’t have them labeled. Labels let your brain relax because it doesn’t have to remember what’s in each basket. You just have to read (or look at a cute pictur) to know where items belong.
The fastest ways to get organized is to have someone do all the work for you. Or at least get you started! When I moved earlier this year, Brenna from One Organized Girl came over to help me. It was Ah-mazing to have a little help!! If you want to surprise the socks off someone this Christmas, give them the gift of help! You can read more about my experience using a professional organizer (and get a discount if you’re in TN).
Okay. You may think this is silly at first. But the number one way to beat clutter, is to have less stuff!! Maybe the best gift you could give to a loved one, is to help them eliminate clutter. OR. Get rid of the clutter from your own home that’s driving your spouse crazy. Grab a heavy duty trash bag, load it up with any and everything you don’t need, and get rid of it. Starting the year out with a clean and organized home could be the best gift you could give this Christmas!
One of the best ways to beat food clutter is to have a meal plan and stick to it. You may KNOW this…but do you actually do it? I am the worst at making my own meal plans! So, I like to have other people do the work for me. I like Once a Month Mom for monthly freezer cooking and eMeals for planning fresh meals a week at a time. I’ve talked about both of these options in detail before, so you can read more about those here…and you can get a 25% discount instead of the 10% discount listed by using the code found in my newsletter! Now that is a clutter free win!