Organizing can be stressful, but you can take the stress out of organizing. How? By breaking it down into small goals, by being ok with imperfection, by getting help when you need it, and by just continuing to try. Celebrate the small victories!
When faced with piles of stuff in each room, it can be daunting to even consider the smallest project. Take the stress out of organizing by realizing that the task is not impossible – it may just need a different approach. We all are guilty of putting far too much pressure on ourselves when decluttering and organizing. Becoming more organized is a flexible process that takes time. If you’re nervous about organizing your home or office, take a deep breath, and consider these truths about the organization process:
Have reasonable expectations.
If you’re tackling a larger project, a room that hasn’t been touched in a long time, or something more than a junk drawer, it’s unreasonable to believe that the whole thing will be organized in a single afternoon. One of the toughest experiences with organizing happens when you dive into a project assuming it will only take a couple hours, only to be completely discouraged to find that there’s no way you’ll be finished in that time frame. It can lead to feelings of defeat, and it can make you decide to give up. Be flexible with your goals and don’t be afraid to ask for help.
There will be emotions.
There may be a reason that you haven’t addressed the clutter in the spare bedroom for a while. Maybe there was a separation, or you’ve lost a loved one, and remnants of that relationship are hidden away. It could just be that you have an emotional attachment to the items you own and it’s simply hard to know what to keep and what to give or throw away. Recognize that, during the process of organizing, you’re going to come across items that elicit strong emotions. This is another reason why having reasonable expectations is important, because you might find yourself enjoyably distracted with a baby book, scrapbook, or old high school yearbook along the way. That’s OK too! Becoming organized isn’t about sanitizing your memories. To take the stress out of organizing, recognize and honor your emotions along the way.
Organization is a long-term process.
Rome wasn’t built in a day, and your home won’t be organized in such a brief period either. It’s a long-term process to become more organized, not simply because of the decluttering and organizing process itself, but because you’re trying to build better habits. You might find that even after organizing the kitchen, you’ve still let some mail pile up for a few days. To take the stress out of organizing, don’t expect perfection. Things happen, and that’s OK. Remind yourself that everything has a place in your home, sort through what has collected, and start fresh the next day.
Organizing your home often requires us to change our habits along with our environment. There are so many benefits to being more organized, including less stress and more time to enjoy your life. Just take it one step at a time – and call us if you need help!
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