There have been hundreds of books on how to organize ones possessions.
Each one gives many helpful hints on the process.
Yet, some people are so overwhelmed with their clutter that these books sit half read on their bookshelves adding to the clutter.
So what to do? It is important to understand the why of clutter.
Did clutter start to build up in the home because the person has experienced a life changing event, good or bad?
(i.e.: marriage, new job, moving, new baby, death of a loved one, divorce, accident, health change)
Perhaps the person was never taught how to organize their items.
Ones experiences can shape how we look at our possessions.
One can be very sentimental about items: their children’s items, items that have been inherited. Other times one might see the potential in items that others would throw away:
this item would make a great craft project or this could be fixed and be used by myself or sold.
Here are a few ways to think about the possessions one has:
Do I Use It, Do I Need It or Do I Love It?
Or sorting things into these categories: Is it Essential, Nonessential or Junk?
One might keep some nonessential items but holding unto junk is like turning your space into a landfill.
For those items that will not be kept, they could be recycled, sold, donated or thrown away.
To start dealing with ones clutter look at the why of clutter.
Then picture one’s vision/goal of the space to be organized.
Get help to achieve the vision. A trusted friend or family member could help.
Sometimes hiring a professional organizer works best:
they are unbiased and can help keep the project on track.
Start this journey to a more peaceful life today!