No one has to put up with clutter. If it is affecting your lifestyle in a negative manner and you don’t enjoy your living or working environment, then get motivated to change. The organizing season is here and if you haven’t already done so, it’s time to stop making excuses and move forward.
Changing routines and habits takes commitment. There is a common thought that it takes 28 days to change a habit. Although 28 days can seem overwhelming, take it a piece at a time to ease the tension. Which of your habits lead to clutter? Pick at least two to focus on over the next few weeks. Don’t try to change everything at once, that is too frustrating.
If you are not sure where to start, think about how your habits cause clutter to accumulate and bother you. Here are several common thought processes I have noticed in clients:
Keeping papers – there are so many sources of paper and it accumulates quickly if not looked after. Mail is huge culprit. One simple change is to go through your mail over the garbage can and throw away unusable pieces. Better yet, do it the minute it comes into your hands. This small change can add up to hours of time savings.
Accumulating clothes – the best way to keep clothing quantities under control is to limit buying. Very difficult habit to break if your happiest times come from the purchasing process. You will have to find a replacement for your shoppers “high”. Without that replacement, the habit might prove to be too difficult to break.
Hoarding “What if” items – these are items that you “might be able to use, they are perfectly good and I might use them some day”. Wonderful concept as long as the quantity stays under control. Also, the items need to be stored in an organized manner so easily found. Falling into the habit of seeing potential in everything is an exciting trait but recognize that all items do not have to be owned by you, others can use them as well.
Ignoring unused gifts – it is human nature to feel guilty about getting rid of a gift you received, however, if something does not bring value to your life, do not feel the need to keep it or feel bad about recycling it. Gift givers feel good when they give gifts, see your reaction and feel your gratitude; once that process is accomplished, the moment is over.
Do what you need to do! Look at your space and decide what clutter is wasting your time and get rid of it, make changes. There is too much to enjoy in life to let stuff interfere. Reacquaint yourself with your surroundings and how your good and bad organizing habits support or hinder your daily flow.
I can’t help but think of Nike, as they say…just do it
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