Conquering clutter is the first step to getting your life better organized.
Almost everything we hold on to - even down to our junk mail and extra pens - symbolizes what's happening in our lives on an emotional and psychological level.
Since we are constantly evolving, it makes sense that some of our possessions are no longer relevant.
Think about the items you loved years ago that no longer speak to who you are. Maybe you have tons of expensive dishes because you used to love to host big dinner parties—but these days you appreciate a quiet evening with just you and the dog. You don't need those dozen place settings anymore, and that's as it should be. Just because something made you happy in the past doesn't mean that you have to keep it forever.
Decluttering is the act of removing the things that impede our ability to use our living space(s) as they were meant to be used.
Clutter can be made up of items you no longer need or want and/or things that don’t belong in a particular space, area or room.
It's important to remove clutter from your home so you can find what you need when you need it and fully enjoy your space. Not to mention, give your mind and eyes a much-needed rest from unsightly piles of stuff.
Where do I start?
Start with at the easiest place possible and build up little victories and momentum over time.
Clear the clutter from your car, a nightstand drawer, your bathroom vanity, a kitchen cupboard etc. You’ll soon start experiencing the benefits of living with less… and then you’ll know what to do when you finally arrive at the seemingly impossible areas in your home.
For many, the sum of everything that needs decluttering is so overwhelming they don’t even want to try. The key is not to allow yourself to become overwhelmed. Sure you what to be able to see the big picture but you can’t focus on just the whole.
Instead you need a plan of attack that actually works.
Have you ever trained for a marathon? If so, you’d be familiar with the training model of…
Day 1: Run 1 mile.
Day 2: Rest.
Day 3: Run 1.5 miles.
Day 4: Rest.
You can also find great motivation to declutter and get organized by following a similar plan.
You see, it’s all about taking that first step, following through with a second and rewarding yourself along the way. Stay focused on the step at hand and let the other steps take care of themselves when you get there.