Do you ever feel like clutter is weighing you down? It can be any kind of clutter: physical or emotional. I found help decluttering my home in the tips that I am going to share with you over the next few days, in the hopes that you can find the help that you need, as well.
Simplifying your life can take the weight off. If you feel like you are being pulled in so many directions and barely keeping your head above water, this post is for you. (I should say these posts, since there will be many posts in this series).
If you are thinking about how your house is cluttered or a mess or how you can’t seem to keep up, this is time that you aren’t spending LIVING YOUR LIFE. Free yourself from the physical things that we have that tie us down. Let it go and watch your time grow and watch yourself feel BETTER & HAPPIER!
I am going to walk you through the steps to DE-CLUTTER YOUR HOME! Your home is your haven. You should feel RELAXED the minute that you walk through your door. If you aren’t feeling that, you need to make changes and I am going to help you over the next few days (follow me by email or Facebook to stay current with the posts).
I would consider myself to be an organized person. After all, I’ve written tons of Organizing Posts.
YOU CAN NOT ORGANIZE CLUTTER – YOU HAVE TO GET RID OF IT.
When we start to have too much stuff, it can really put a weight on us. An emotional weight, but still a weight. It makes us feel like we have a never-ending list of things to do. It makes us feel frazzled and in disarray. It makes our tempers high and our patience low. Do you find yourself reprimanding your kids for not cleaning up? Maybe they have too much stuff and it is overwhelming, even to them. Do you know who feels our stress the most? Our kids. Read this study about what kids think about seeing their parents under stress.
My problem isn’t that it is a mess. No, I have systems for that (haha!). I have storage bins, shoe bins, storage benches, toy boxes, coat closets, filing cabinets. Yep- I am organized.
My problem is that I had too much of everything! You can’t organize clutter!
That brings us to why we have so much stuff. That is the first thing that we need to identify. I, personally, keep things because I either don’t want to hurt someone’s feelings by getting rid of it (if it was a gift, which most of the toys in our house are… gifts from friends, grandparents, etc… for holidays and birthdays) or I don’t want to risk not having it when I need it. What if I need these 5 cookie sheets? (I’m not exaggerating here).
Tomorrow (click here for Day two of Help declutter my home ) I am going to tell you about why we need to get rid of things, but before you move to day 2, I want you to make yourself another list (yes, you are adding to your clutter with this list!) and write down the reason that you keep things. Honestly.
Example: I keep these 10 packs of return address stamps because I like to have some for each holiday. No, I don’t really mail letters much anymore. No, I don’t use even 2% of the ones that I have. And yet- I keep them.
ps- Don’t let that thought come in that says… “Oh- maybe the kids would like them? Maybe I should save them. I could even put them in an envelope just for return address stamps. Now they will be organized.” This is what you are trying to get rid of, remember? We are FREEING ourselves from clutter, not organizing it, not moving it around, not finding a place for it… we are freeing ourselves from it!