With all the media attention devoted to de-cluttering recently, I thought It would be helpful to cut through the clutter and help you focus on the tips that will provide you with the positive instant impact.
Everyone has been bombarded with the benefits of how a good de-cluttering can raise your self-esteem and provide positive improvement to your overall health and well-being.
Getting everything in a neat and tidy order can feel overwhelming, especially when you don’t know where to start. And the process is often a pain.
That’s why I’m here to share my organizational expertise on how to de-clutter in a way that’s rewarding and gets immediate results!
- Go easy on yourself
Forgive yourself for the current condition you find yourself in and begin the process of digging out. Cut yourself some slack. You no longer have to feel guilty about it. Especially now that you’ve made the decision to do something about it. Give yourself a pat on the back and reward yourself for your efforts.
- Start with baby steps
Avoid making grandiose promises to yourself such as, “this is the month I’m going to take back control of my cluttered kitchen” and get rid of everything on the counter-tops by Saturday! Instead, create a realistic expectation that you’ve committed yourself to “dedicate a day or two to de-clutter my kitchen and will purge anything that no longer serves your purpose and fits into your vision of an organized lifestyle. You will gain motivation and momentum by setting small realistic goals.
- Divide and conquer
Avoid attempting to de-clutter one category of things at a time and pulling out every knickknack or thingamabob out of its storage place all at once. Break up the project by selecting one zone, area or room at a time. The psychological benefits from transforming one space at a time is that it boosts your momentum and allows you to realize immediate results.
- Be realistic with yourself
Everything in your home is not always worthy of taking up needed space. Avoid driving yourself crazy trying to find the perfect spot to store and organize everything you own. Ask yourself a simple question: if this item were to be destroyed by fire, flood or disaster, would I replace it? Be honest with your answer. It may surprise on how un-attached you’ve become to general everyday clutter when you face the cold hard facts.
- As stated in the book ‘The Life-Changing Magic of Tidying Up’. If it doesn’t provide you with joy, it okay to let it go.
Begin with anything that doesn’t bring you happiness. Items and objects purchased on impulse, that you never use, an old boyfriend’s photo, you know, the one that broke up with you and left you devasted, and anything else that is distasteful or doesn’t provide you the lifestyle you’ve earned and deserve, should be purged. Think about that treadmill in your bedroom that you now use as a coat rack, that huge chicken roaster in your kitchen cabinet that you thought would be so handy, but it’s less expensive and time consuming to by a ‘pre-cooked rotisserie chicken’ at the grocery store, or that expensive espresso maker that takes up all your counter space, but you learned you don’t like the taste of espresso. If you’re not using them and they’re causing clutter, now’s the time to let ‘em go.
End your de-cluttering activities with a feeling of a job well done!
Once you’ve cleared away the clutter, it’s time for a fresh start.
Now that you’ve cleared some space, you can now instill your intentions and create a whole new environment. One in which supports your serenity and peace of mind.
Populate your de-cluttered spaces with living plants and colorful flowers, which will increase your positive energy and bring harmony to help you move forward with increased success and less stress!
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