Just in case you were not sure of the topic of this post, it is on the topic of decluttering.
Both in ‘real life’ as well as in cyberspace via Facebook groups, I hear people discuss how desperate they are to get organized. I hear so many women bemoaning how difficult it is to keep the house straightened. It does not matter if they work from home, work out of the home, or are SAHMs. Everyone has the same complaint.
The solution is NOT to run to Ikea or Target and buy some organizer product. Why?
You cannot organize clutter. You must get rid of it. The solution is to declutter.
Books overflowing your bookcase? Get rid of some-sell them, donate them, but don’t buy another bookcase, and for heaven’s sake, stop cramming them on the shelf. Too many toys? Pass them on. How many toys does a kid need? Outgrown kid clothes? Give them to a friend or a thrift store. Unless you have many offspring close in age of the same gender, let someone else benefit to wear them because it doesn’t do anyone any good it they are packed away in a box taking up storage space..
The ironic thing is though my family size has increased, the amount of possessions we have has decreased. I don’t keep excess…I simply can’t. I cringe when I look at photos from years back. When I would scrapbook my photos, I would crop out the background. I could see I WAS organized, but I was trying to organize too much. I could see the clutter, but only in photos. It was exhausting to clean up and very time consuming.
If you come to the realization that you don’t want to live in a messy house anymore and you want the ability to clean up in 25 minutes or less if someone is popping over, you need to start this mission. Your job to take the bull by the horns and start to declutter. One drawer or one shelf at a time. Take some before and after photos to see your progress and stay motivated. Short blocks of time each day is what you need. Flylady recommends 15 minutes, at least once a day or more if you are motivated. Flylady has zones that repeat monthly, with daily missions. If you miss that day, no need to stress over it because in a month’s time you’ll have another opportunity. Her website is http://www.flylady.net
Beware of programs the claim you can have your entire home decluttered in a year. Like a New Year’s resolution, the enthusiasm is short-lived and it is a crash-and-burn situation. I think the momentum lasts about a week and a half.
Decluttering is a process. It is on-going. It is constant maintenance. Once you have an area decluttered, then and only then can begin to organize. Need help? Contact the Klutter Koach or ask a local friend whose home you admire to help you. You can always send me a photo-I’d be thrilled to help.
Happy decluttering and good luck!
Thanks for reading.
The Klutter Koach