Now that we’re starting a new year, many of you are probably vowing and resolving to get rid of the clutter in your home for good! Right? It’s something everyone deals with, even the most organized person. CLUTTER has got to be CUT now! It actually COSTS money time and time again. Clutter can cause ANXIETY. It can be a conflict between you and loved ones.
Let me tell you the reasons why you need to CUT the clutter NOW and how you can STOP it in it’s tracks!
- Take control of your choices – you MUST be in control when something comes into your home. Clutter comes in and you choose to keep it or let it go. You have complete control over it. I am very purposeful whenever I bring ANYTHING into our home.
- Purge OFTEN. This is CRUCIAL. You must really look at your things on a weekly basis that are around you to really determine whether or not you truly need it. I do this all the time. I’m constantly asking myself why I have stuff. Why is it necessary. If you can do this, you are going to be able to keep the clutter under control – or out of the way!
- Assign a home. Everything needs a place or a home. If you don’t have a home then it needs to GO. Labeling it is necessary if you have many people using the items, this way they know where it goes. The only way to keep something that doesn’t have a home is to get rid of something else to make room for the other item to have a home.
- Find duplicates. If you have two of something, again you need to question why you have two. It’s one thing to have several forks and knives and plates, of course, another to have two popcorn machines or two lawn mowers, that’s another thing. You don’t need all that extra stuff. If you do, for that one occasion, borrow a second from a friend!
- Saving it for “someday”. This is a trap so many clutter bugs fall into. “Someday I might need it.” It’s true, perhaps SOMEDAY you MIGHT use it. But, if that someday is 6+ months away, you need to get rid of it. Borrow or rent one. Don’t waste precious space in your home for that someday item.
Clutter has to go before you can ever begin to get organized. It is so easily acquired, so it’s important that you are active about getting it out or not even letting it in your home or life at all! This year, commit to cutting the clutter! If you want more help this year, follow my “Moms’ Guide to Getting Your House Organized and Clutter” for practical tips and coaching all along the way!