I constantly hear from my clients:
“My husband dumps everything all over the house when he comes in.”
“My house is a total disaster!”
“My kids make the mess faster than I can pick it up after them”.
“I don’t even know where to start .”
If you think that some of these comments apply to you, first of all, you are not alone, and there is always a solution for eliminating clutter.
I know that you may ask yourself:” How did I let it get like this?”
As overwhelming as you may feel right now, give yourself permission to accept what is, knowing that you will create a plan to conquer the clutter for good.
First thing first!!!
- I would like you to take a notebook and your phone and take a tour of your home. Make a list of all areas you want to work on. Take some pictures as well and create a folder for organizing.
2) It’s important that you will give yourself a deadline to complete the project. You will create a short-term and long-term goals. For instance, organizing a book shelf and finish a guest room by Easter.
3) In order to be successful in eliminating clutter, it’s important to narrow your focus on what you can control.
Since you can’t control the behavior of others, initially focus on spaces that are primarily yours. Maybe work on your closet or your desk. Others may (or may not) pick up on your new habits, but by showing your progress, will allow you to ask for some rules around your home. Negotiate a few ground rules for everyone’s use, like kitchen, family room etc.
4) When you are deciding where to begin, focus on what is driving you crazy.
Is it your kitchen table piled with papers and magazines from months ago?
Maybe shoes right in your main hallway ?
Ask yourself a question: “What situation makes me feel overwhelmed?
Making visible progress in organizing your home – especially in an area that has been giving you grief and stress – is very motivating. As we conquer one area, we feel energized to move on to another.