If you’re surrounded by mountains of clutter invading your space at every waking moment in your home, I can see how it would be difficult to not feel overwhelmed and stressed out all the time. And let’s face it: you wouldn’t even miss a lot of this stuff if it vanished tomorrow — heck, you probably wouldn’t even notice it was gone! This isn’t to say you need to do anything dramatic like cast away all of your worldly possessions and move into the wilderness with nothing but the shirt on your back, but there’s no denying the fact that you would be happier and less stressed if you had less stuff distracting you from what really matters.
Before you begin to organize your home, an important point: small changes are best. You have a busy life, so trying to re-organize your home in one single day might cause you to get overwhelmed and call it quits. So let’s begin by making a list of the rooms you’d like to organize in order of importance. If you’re super busy or have a lot of work to do, you might just want to focus on a single aspect of a single room at a time: for example, you could focus on your office desk or a single shelf in your child’s bedroom that’s filled to the brim. Or, you could also begin with the room that your family spends the most time in, because then you’ll see the results of your hard work in a hurry, giving you the encouragement to keep going.
Keep it fun
You can make the occasion a party! Put on a movie you adore but haven’t seen in years, or crank up some music and dance while you work. You could even bribe your friends with some free food and drinks and invite them over to help, which will make the process tons of fun!
No matter what room you start with, begin with the items cluttering up your floor since that is the most obvious place to start. Then work yourself up to surface tops, and finally the stuff that is out of sight: drawers, closets, cabinets, and so on.
Sort all of your stuff into three categories as you go: Keep, Donate, and Give Away. If your child has more toys than they need, you can take this opportunity to teach them about the importance of giving. Encourage them to give old toys to a friend or family member, or you take them with you to a charity so they get to be involved in the process!
Typically, the “Keep” pile is larger than the others, so to determine whether you really need to keep an item or not, please ask yourself the following questions:
-When was the last time I used this?
-If it’s an item of sentimental value, could I just preserve the memory attached to it and be happy with that?
-Do I have another item similar to this that fulfills the same need?
Finalize your decisions and get rid of everything but the items in your “Keep” pile as soon as possible. If you won’t be able to give away your stuff for a few days, you might want to collect what you’re giving away in large bags or boxes, and put them in a storage shed until they can be taken where they need to go. Getting your stuff out of sight will prevent you from second-guessing yourself and keeping things you shouldn’t: trust your first instinct. There is no backing out now, so stand your ground!
Work on a single room at a time, at a pace that is convenient for your daily life. Keep it up and you’ll have a more attractive and organized home that fills you with joy!
“Happiness is a place between too little and too much.”