Ready To Get Organized
Clutter is one of those things that sneaks up on you. You moved into your house several years ago and didn’t have enough furniture or stuff to fill it up, right? Now look around you… it’s looking a little messy, crowded, and disorganized, and you’re not sure when that happened.
Perhaps you just noticed the clutter, or maybe you’ve reassessed your life and have new goals in mind. Either way, you’re determined to get a handle on your possessions. Well, there is no time like the present to do something about it.
The best advice is to start small so you don’t get overwhelmed. It took years to accumulate everything, give yourself some time to reverse the process. If it seems like too much, bring in a professional or a friend who can help you get started. Once you get going, you’ll feel so good about what you’re doing there will be no stopping you.
A good place to start is with a clothing drawer. Have 3 separate bags on hand labeled storage, charity, and throw so you can make a decision the first (and only) time you touch the item. That doesn’t sound too bad, does it? Now you can move on to bigger tasks, but always break them down into manageable chunks.
Before tackling closets and other storage areas, aka junk collectors, go through each room and move what doesn’t belong in that room to it’s proper location. For example, in your bedroom you might find insurance paperwork, bath towels, a bag of pretzels, sports equipment, your kids’ toys, phone messages, clothing receipts, loose photographs, and more. Once you put these items where they roughly belong, then you can start purging and organizing the storage areas in each room.
As you go through your possessions, do not stop and look at every picture in the photo album, read every letter you’ve stashed away, try on every item of clothing, or generally trip down memory lane. There is a proper time for that and it isn’t when you’re trying to get organized. If you do this, you’ll lose momentum and stop because it takes you far too long. Set a timer if you need to.
You don’t have to go through everything yourself. Enlist the help of your family and let them know why you’re doing it. If you tell the kids you’re collecting stuff to sell in a garage sale in order to go on vacation, they’ll be onboard with getting rid of some of the old toys. Or explain the toys they don’t play with anymore could make other kids, who don’t have many toys, very happy.
Getting organized requires some thought to devise a system that works for your household. Set up a bin for recycling right next to the trash can, and go through your mail daily. Separate your mail into junk, bills, coupons, file, or take action. Throw out the junk mail, and put the rest into marked folders. Handle your mail daily and you won’t accumulate big mounds of it. Get a filing cabinet and set up a system that’s easy for you to use to handle paperwork.
Another way to stay organized and clutter-free is to have a “if one comes in, one goes out” approach. In other words, if your spouse brings home 2 new shirts to add to the small bedroom closet, then 2 old shirts should be taken out. This model works well with clothing, toys, and kitchen gadgets. When you do bring something new into the house, put it away immediately. Likewise, everyone in the house should learn to put things away after using them.
Getting rid of the clutter takes time, but you sure feel good when you’re done. Your stuff has gone on to make someone else happy and is no longer messing up your interior landscape. You get the sense that if you can tackle clutter, you can tackle anything.