Often times I have clients call me because they have reached a point of utter frustration. The clutter in their home has gotten so out of hand that the mere thought of dealing with it leaves them overwhelmed and unable to move forward. From reading this you might think that I am writing about people with hoarding issues, but I am not. I am writing about the average person like you and me.
Due to our busy schedules we all have to deal with clutter from time to time, which can get out of hand pretty quickly if you add one of lives unexpected events, such as an illness. Once it gets to this point it is not uncommon for individuals to become “paralyzed”, they feel stuck and incapable of tackling their “chaos”.
The main question that will often keep people from moving forward is: “Where or how do I even get started?” Feeling overwhelmed and uncertain about how to proceed will frequently lead to procrastination and if left unattended the clutter just keeps getting more and more out of hand. So what is the answer? It really is very simple – pick the one area that frustrates you the most and just get started. Even if you only work at it for one hour at a time you will get to your desired results. After all, it took weeks, months or even years to get to its present state so how can do you expect to get it done in a day?
Use these basic rules for the organizing/purging process. Begin by sorting items into 3 categories – Keep, Toss and Donate. Once you have decided what to keep you will be able to group like items together and create appropriate homes for them by using labeled baskets, totes or containers.
And as I have mentioned before; don’t be afraid to ask for help. Having a family member, friend or professional organizer there to assist you will keep you motivated to finish the job.
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