10 Tips to Decluttering
I think most of us struggle from time to time with excess baggage that weights us down.
Not just personal baggage, but also too much clutter in our homes.
Clutter causes stress. Your subconscious sees your junk every time you walk into the room. Your brain takes it as a sign that you are exhausted, overwhelmed, or depressed.
The longer the pile is there-the more disheartened you become with your inability to find the time and energy to fix whatever your avoiding. It doesn’t matter if it is a pile of your kid’s school assignments and art projects, clothes that need mended, home remodel/repair supplies that are beginning to overtake your pantry, or toys that are now covering all areas of your daughter’s floor.
You will feel on top of the world, if you are able to conquer your clutter.
1. Define what organization means to you. Only you can decide what level of disorder you can tolerate.
2. Why aren’t you organized? Is it something you weren’t taught? Do you get overwhelmed by the chaos? Did you fail in the past to organize?
3. Visualize what you want your organized life to look like. Be as detailed as possible.
4. Strive for perfection. If you want something, you have to go out and get it.
5. Get started-Declutter. Go room by room or category by category. Just get started.
6. If it doesn’t bring you some measure of happiness, peace, or contentment, get rid of it. Are you trying to be unhappy?
7. Don’t start with your keepsakes. If you do, you won’t get rid of anything.
8. If you don’t use it, toss it, sell it, or donate it. You can always borrow or rent a tile cutter if you need one. You don’t need it taking up valuable space.
9. Don’t include your family when decluttering. Your child will want to keep all of his broken toys he hasn’t played with in 4 years.
10. Toss, sell, donate or give away your useless treasures. Some other hoarder might want your collection of bread ties.
Do yourself a favor and throw something away!