A lot of Americans are loaded with clutter. In fact, some are so loaded with it that they can't even park their cars in their garages because of the clutter. Believe it or not, all this mess can cause stress not only in our lives as adults, but in our kids' lives as well. Stuff sucks up positive energy in a space. Whether you know your clutter is causing you to be down or not, here are a few tips for you to try to eliminate some of the mess from your life!
For Starters - Find 10 items a day for a week to get rid of. Now, not just move things to an "intend to get rid of" pile, actually find 10 items every day that can go straight to the trash. If you want to up the ante, maybe go with 15 or 20 items a day. Whatever feels good to you. But do this EVERY SINGLE DAY for a week. See how you feel at the end of the week. If you feel a bit better, try going through the rest of the stuff using these helpful steps.
Divide and Conquer - First either separate a space into 4 areas, or if you don't even have a space big enough to do that, get 4 big boxes and go through a cluttered room or area in your home.
Name Your Divisions - Name the separate areas or boxes Keep, Sell/Donate, Trash and Store.
Keep It - These are the things you use the most. Put them in that box or area!
Sell & Donate It - These are the things that you can get rid of, but are nice enough to earn you a bit of cash or give to someone who could really use it.
Pitch It - After your week of purging, this pile might be the most fun because it feels good to get rid of stuff right away! Put it in the trash!
Store It - Put limits on this area so you don't fill up your garage or office or whatever again. We all have things we use, but not all the time, that we want to keep (Holiday decorations, some appliances, a few keepsakes). Tell yourself you can only use up a certain section of shelving for these things, or if you must still store stuff, only what the smallest storage space will hold, or, I have a Keepsake box that is special letters, etc., and it's only so big. If I want to add to it, I must get rid of something in there. I am NOT adding another box! If you know you have a limit to store things, this helps you really decide what is important to you and what you need to get rid of. No limits allows it all to pile up again.
Keep It Scheduled - Now after you have tried all these different ways of removing clutter, stick a reminder on your calendar to do it all again in a few months. If you keep up with this as you go, maybe, just maybe, your stress level and your mess level will all come down in an amazing way...and when other big stresses hit your life, maybe an organizing bug will help you cope with that! Wouldn't that be awesome as well?