It seems every magazine out in the past year had at least one article on ‘organizing’ or ‘decluttering’ or ‘simplifying one’s life’ – and for good reason. Clutter makes us anxious and, yes, even a little crazy.
Even psychologists have added to the running commentary about less clutter equals a calmer life. There are TV shows about colors, space, clutter, and, please, even to the extreme – hoarding – and how it affects our lives. Need I say, and not in a positive way?
Most of us try leading our lives with ‘good intentions.’ But, like most well thought out plans, if they aren’t backed and substantiated with action, they’ll do little to no good.
It’s no surprise, therefore, that when I’m called upon to help someone with their home, there is likely to be at least two, sometimes three books on ‘getting rid of the clutter’ prominently displayed on a bookshelf. They had every intention to read them, make the changes needed and, by golly, once and for all – get organized! Only it never happened.
Everyone gets busy. Someone needs us to help out. We feel as if we don’t have time to participate in the activities we want to do, let alone do the things we don’t – like decluttering closets and organizing junk drawers. Instead, we tend to buy more storage containers, buy the items we know we have but can never find and then end up creating even more clutter along the way.
So, let’s vow, here and now, to make our home (and life) less cluttered, more organized and a whole lot more simplified. By following these three (3) steps, you will surely enjoy more of the year with friends and family and doing more of the activities you want.
#1 – Move items used most frequently to the forefront. When you often find yourself stepping around or moving objects to get to the one item you need, decide right then to find a more suitable place for it. Obviously, the item you’re trying to get to should take precedence over the items being stepped over or moved aside each time. (This pertains to items in a garage, on an upper laundry room shelf, or even in lower kitchen cabinets.)
#2 – Spring clean year round – not just in spring. When you reach for something to wear and notice clothing that has not been worn in over a year, guess what? It’s likely not going to be worn again, so share it with someone else. Ladies, this is tough, I know. And men do have it easier. Male styles just don’t change as frequently as women’s, so they can keep theirs longer. Same rule applies to garden tools in the garage, the stuff in junk drawers, make-up and cosmetics and, yes, even magazines and books you’ve already enjoyed. Share!
#3 – Organize the clutter and create a calmer, more simplified life. Sometimes in organizing, items that we thought were surely lost miraculously appear. That makes us feel good! We walk into a room where we’ve always loved to read, for instance, find it cleared of magazine and book piles, and we sigh. That makes us happy and anxious to spend time in there once again.
And when you need guidance, and actual assistance in moving the stuff around, decisions made regarding where to place items, what to share with others (think donate!) or even what could be sold, just give me a call.
A client on Fripp Island who was preparing to put her vacation home on the rental market emphatically said to me, “I could not have done this without you! Thank you so much!” Helping others make some of these critical decisions is what I love doing. And there’s no better time than the today!