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clutter is mentally draining

So many people have a problem with household clutter and being organized. Household disorder is a drain on your energy. Do you always feels as though you need to put toys away and put clothes in the hamper? Is your clean laundry always in baskets? Coats on the backs of chairs? You are not alone. The amount of storage units has doubled in the last decade. Eliminating clutter would cut down on housework by about 40 percent.

Maybe it’s time to get at it.

Order and calm can make for a happier life. It is calming for the mind. You have more time for work and play.

So where to start?

Do a survey of your space. What areas are the most cluttered?

Look for

  • stacks of papers and magazines
  • Untidy heaps of books
  • CDs, DVDs not in their proper place
  • Clothes that are not put away
  • Chargers that are strewn about

What are you going to do with the clutter that is causing you mental anguish? Put it away? Give it away? Sell it? Or toss it?

Is this your living space?

You may find it helpful to get a friend to help you. They will not be emotionally attached to some of the items that you may become nostalgic about. I know you think you like 27 snow globes but maybe it’s time to let them go.

Or of course you have been given items over the years and feel guilty about letting these items go. If it has no use and no real sentimental value, you must get rid of it.

A lot of us also have items that we think we should have because maybe someday I’ll use it. Or I would like to try that. Crafts, scrap-booking, exercise stuff, etc. Let it go. It is weighing you down.

What about stuff with the tag still on?? Have any of these items? I thought so. Off it goes.

A good place to start is with the bedroom closet. WAIT. Come back! It’s okay. You can do this.

The one essential item you will need: clear trash bags. No special boxes or bins. You may get to that point later but not now. Keep it simple, silly.

First, get rid of any extra hangers. You’ll be surprised at how much space this alone will free up.

Next get rid of items that no one should be wearing anymore. Baggy yoga pants, rainbow t-shirts, out of date shoes.

Now got to items that you know you will never wear. If you haven’t worn it in the past six to nine months it is time to say good-bye.

Listen to your self-talk. If you tell yourself, “I would wear this”, it actually means you haven’t worn it and you probably won’t. “I have worn this”, means you’ve worn it twice in five years. In the bag it goes.

Now you will find you have even more extra hangers you can get rid of. YAY!!

Even smaller closets can be organized

Be ruthless. You will feel lighter. You will feel exhilarated.

You will find more things to wear by getting rid of stuff. How cool is that?

And get this. Having fewer choices actually makes you happier. Too many choices paralyzes you and you end up wearing the same stuff week after week.

Get rid of any shopping bags lurking in the back of the closet.

Now empty all dresser drawers and put back only the items you actually use.

Let me know of any tips you have on how to organize and declutter.

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3 thoughts on “How To Organize And Declutter

  1. I started de-cluttering a while back and have NEVER done a major purge. I do a little each day. There wasn’t a ton to start with (thankfully I wasn’t in a situation remotely like the pics in your post) but still, it made it easy. One recommendation for guys: If you aren’t required to have dress clothes for work, do be sure to keep two or three (literally 2 or 3) pairs of khakis of various colors and weights, as well as two dress shirts, a plain white and something a little more formal, like a French Cuff so you have nice clothes. Seems like the kind of thing that doesn’t get addressed much when talking about these things.

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