Burden Free in 2023
Would you believe it if I told you that there were 3 easy steps to conquering the clutter once and for all in your home? I hope not, because there aren’t! I do not have a magic wand, nor the formula for achieving organization perfection. No one does. Read all the articles and books you find on home organizing, and hire the professional that you trust to walk you through the process. But please remember that there’s nothing “easy” about it, and perfection is unrealistic.
Where then is the hope?
Oh friend, what I have for you is so much better than a magic wand or the perfect formula. I want to empower you in this new year to take charge of your clutter, inside and out. Here are some simple tips for getting out from under the burden of clutter.
1. Recognize the relationship between inner and outer clutter.
The connection between clutter and mental health is very real. You cannot live in an environment of chaos without your attitude, relationships, and outlook on life in general being affected by it. When you simply acknowledge that the state of your home is changing the way you think and behave, you have made the first step in coming out from under clutter’s weight.
2. Respect the space you have.
Do you have a 1,000 square foot apartment, or a 5,000 square foot house? How many people live with you? From furniture to household products, you must respect the space in which you live by having the appropriate number of things.
3. Follow the golden rule.
One item in, one item out. This works for clothing, kitchenware, pillows, décor, pretty much ANYTHING!! Whether you’ve achieved decluttering or you are just beginning, start following this rule by not bringing anything new into the house unless you plan on trading it with something of the same kind.
4. One step at a time.
I’m a marathoner, and I will tell you from much experience that the only way I am able to get through the long training runs and the marathon itself is to break down the runs into smaller segments in my mind. The same goes for organizing. When facing a big project (whether it’s an entire room, your garage, or possibly your entire house), you must break it into small pieces.
5. Seek out help.
I’m not just saying this because my living comes from working with clients. I’m saying it because it’s true. The answer for you may lie not in a professional organizer, but maybe you need help from a licensed therapist or a trusted friend. The important thing is that you do not face your situation alone. If you truly feel burdened by the state of your home on a daily basis, you owe it to yourself to do something about it.
Is your stuff serving you well, or do you waste time serving your stuff? This is the year for you to stand up and take charge of your emotional health, and your physical environment. Don’t forget, perfection is not the goal. Aim for a peaceful state of mind. You deserve it.