Do you have a junk draw in the kitchen? Another in the bedroom? Maybe your garage is so full of stuff you’re considering renting a storage unit. Perhaps you already have a storage unit or two. I’m not talking Hoarders clutter… just your average every day ‘I’ve got a lot of stuff’ clutter.
It’s not anything to be ashamed about, but it can be draining.
Do you get stressed out every time you open that drawer or close it really fast so you don’t have to look too closely? It’s time to lighten your load in five easy steps.
- Identify clutter zones- There might be five or there might be twenty. Write them out and put them in order from highest to lowest. Which area causes the greatest irritation in your daily life? That’s number one on your list.
- Tackle a task a day- Organize one area off of your list each day. If you’re feeling extra ambitious, or realizing that it really only takes five minutes to tackle a zone, go ahead and do more than one a day. At the end of the week, you will probably be finished.
- Give yourself credit- Don’t forget to write down how much time each of your zones took to organize. This will do one of two things. If the clutter zone took you a lot of time to clean and reorganize, you might think again about letting things build up. If it takes just a few minutes, it will remind you how much you can get done when you get off the couch and do it.
- Find a new process– Now that you have clean space… your goal is to keep it clean. What is causing your clutter zones? Kids toys, magazines, loose papers? Give them each a home and make sure things go back to that spot when they are not being used. Try keeping a small toy basket in each room and another one for miscellaneous items that migrate into the room throughout the day. Fill the baskets, not the clutter zone.
- Put it back- Don’t forget to empty out those baskets EACH and every day, even multiple times a day to keep from getting overwhelmed. Commercial break? Get up off the couch and empty your baskets! Magazines back to their home, paperwork to be filed, bills to be paid, and toys to the correct room.
Stay on top of thingsis the most important thing to remember when starting a new routine. Success happens when you commit to making it happen. The choice is yours.
Are you ready to organize your life?
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