Clutter Trouble

Clutter Trouble?

Clutter (varandah)

Clutter
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What is all that clutter about? You want to let it go but something is holding you back. If you are truly troubled by the clutter that you are surrounded with it’s time to take this quiz. Don’t worry, it’s confidential. Go ahead and check all the following that apply to you:

  • It’s difficult for me to let go of, or get rid of things, in general.
  • I can’t let go of sentimental items and photos, specifically.
  • I’m not ready to get rid of this.
  • I’m worried that if I let it go I will need it later.
  • I feel guilty when I get rid of things.
  • I can’t let go of things that I spent a lot of money on.
  • I’m saving it for my children (or grandchildren).
  • You can never have enough.
  • I don’t have too many things, I just need more storage space.
  • I can’t afford to hire a Professional Organizer.
  • I tried working with a Professional Organizer and it didn’t work.
  • I’m embarrassed ask for help.
  • I’ll never get organized.
  • I’ve always been this way.
  • I know that it looks cluttered but I can usually find what I am looking for.
  • If I don’t find what I am looking for I buy another one.
  • My mother (or another relative) was a hoarder. I’m just like her.
  • I don’t have time to organize.
  • I need at least a whole day (a week, a month, etc.) to organize and I’m too busy.
  • I’ll do it when I have time.
  • Organizing is boring.

Clutter is a common problem for many people. Uncovering how it affects you and everyone that you live with is the first step. After that, you need to have an action plan and seriously consider asking for help from someone you can trust. Here are 3 organizing tips that I hope will be helpful to get you started:

  1. Don’t buy organizing products or tools before you start to declutter. Purge, sort, and organize first. Then see if you have enough storage containers and folders to work with. Only buy what you need.
  2. “1-at-a-time”Rule. Minimize distractions. Organize by room. Example: If you are going to organize your office start with the horizontal surfaces (desk top, file cabinet top, shelves). After those are clear and organized you can move to the cupboards and the drawers. Save the shredding for last.
  3. Do you need it? Use it? Does it fit? Does it work? Joy, shmoy! Everyone seems to be on the “if it doesn’t bring you joy, let it go” ride. Not everyone can sense joy from their stuff. If you can and that strategy works for you great, use it. If it doesn’t you need more practical strategies to help you get rid of the clutter.

You can clear the clutter! Remember to:

  • Keep your vision in mind.
  • Reward your successes.
  • Have a maintenance plan.