Most People are Losing the Battle of Successful Clutter Management
Are you one of them?
Is the thought of ever being able to stop clutter in your house just an illusive dream? It seems like there's always so much stuff coming at us all the time. The question is: What to do with all of it?
So You've Decided It's Time to Organize…
Great! Now, where to begin?
There's definitely a system to getting organized. (Wouldn't you know it?) Let me share with you how I help my clients with this.
First, start by making a list of the areas in your home or office that make you the most frustrated and anxious. If it's the garage, start with organizing your garage.
Prioritize them in order of how crazed they make you feel.
You'll gain a better perspective on everything that needs to be done. Best of all, you'll have a plan.
Second, determine how you want each room (or area within a room) to function.
Create a plan to stop clutter by designating separate zones to meet your specific needs.
For instance, you may want to combine your home office with your guest room. If you don't have guests often, you might want to consider buying either a Murphy bed that disappears into the wall or a daybed so you'll have more office space.
Third, begin sorting and organizing.
Pretend there's an invisible circle around you 3 feet in diameter. You're not allowed to move from that spot until you've gone through everything in that area. If you run across things that go into other rooms, just set them aside and put them away after you're done with your one area.
Live in the present. Don't keep something because of what you "used to do" or because you "might use it someday."
Set a timer for 15-20 minutes. If you want to keep going at the end of that time, just set it again. That way you won't feel so overwhelmed.
If you continuously feel overwhelmed, read this page on chronic disorganization.
Now, stop and take a breather. Appreciate yourself for taking on this organizing project. It's tough stuff, but you're doing it.
Fourth, keep up this routine until you've completed that room or area. Then celebrate and continue on to the next room. You will make you realize it is possible to stop clutter!
Remember, the ability to stop clutter is possible. It just takes a big commitment, strict time management, a little focus and a lot of support!
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