Many people cringe at the sound of the word “declutter” as it brings to mind a process that can be emotionally and physically tough. Many others are like me and don’t cringe, but rather make grand plans to clear out all my spaces but then always seem to end up in the garden or hooked on a really good book that really can’t be put down right now. The truth of the matter is though, that decluttering is one task that can have a huge positive impact on many areas of your life. How so, you ask?
Organizing saves you time in the long run – Most people don’t really start to organize until they are making a big change like moving. While this isn’t a bad idea, it certainly adds another big task to an already potentially stressful time in life. Starting early will allow you to go at your own pace.
Organizing saves you money – Knowing what you have and where things are prevents duplicate purchases of items that have been misplaces. Also, if and when you do decide to move, only packing and bringing items you truly want will save a ton in moving related costs.
Organizing allows you to decide what is important – When is the last time you looked around your house and evaluated the items you own? Some of them are full of great memories and stories, while others are likely simply taking up space. Getting organized allows you to focus on the important stuff and to enjoy it.
So go forth and sort, organize, and purge! Here’s a few tips to get you started.
Go slow – You don’t have to conquer your whole house in one day. You don’t even have to conquer an entire closet! Break up the area you want to work on into manageable pieces and work at a comfortable pace. Take breaks, eat snacks, and stay hydrated.
Have a buddy – Like most things in life, organizing is more fun with a friend. An organizing buddy will help keep you motivated, focused, and allow you to talk through hard choices.
Go at your own pace – Pick days and times that work for you and your energy levels. Don’t push yourself too far and remember to always congratulate yourself on a job well done at the end of the day!