How many times have you moved or avoided clutter in your space…and I’m not referring to your family either? Do you do this because you truly don’t need it at the time or just because it was in your way? Well, here are my thoughts on how you can begin to change this behavior and tackle the clutter.
1. Collectively, it takes you more time to perform the procrastinating NON-actions listed above then it will take to resolve the issue. Avoidance doesn’t make the problem go away.
2. Every item/item type in your home should have an address. Think of it like your favorite restaurant…you know where it is because it has an address. You can always find it and direct people to it and after a while you don’t even think about how to get there it is just second nature, your belongings are the same way.
The reason things are constantly getting moved or avoided is because they either don’t have permanent addresses in the neighborhood of your home…they are homeless (need a home) or they are just lost and really belong in a different neighborhood (the clutter that needs to leave your home).
How to Conquer Clutter
So the way to conquer this clutter and the organization in your home is to first eliminate the things you regularly avoid or move. Anything that remains should have an address within your home.
Over the next week, anything you move or find yourself normally avoiding…stop and think about why. If you answer with any of these:
- What is this anyway?
- We don’t need this.
- I haven’t used this in years.
- This is broken.
- I hate this!
- This isn’t ours.
- This doesn’t fit.
Then that is a sign you should let it go. Put it in a box or bag and get it out of your home. Don’t over think the process, just “let go and let [it] flow”…right on out your house. As the week goes on you will find it gets easier and easier to eliminate the clutter. Now, realistically you may not finish your space in a week, but you will have tackled/found the key to eliminate the clutter.