There’s no doubt about it: extra clutter can be a major problem in our homes, affecting our mental health, relationships, and more. In fact, clutter can even be the culprit in some home fires and physical health issues. It may be a “first world problem,” but it really can be a biggie. So in addition to your spring home maintenance projects, yes, it really is important to do some spring cleaning and decluttering, too.
How is clutter currently holding you back? Do you take extra time to find things on a daily basis, get frustrated with other members of your household, or spend money unnecessarily simply because you can’t find things you already have? Maybe you’re not honestly that bothered by your lack of organization, but you want to make some changes for those you love. Perhaps your decluttering is simply part of a journey toward greater serenity and general healthy habits. Whatever your reasons, they’ll be important to remember as you embark on the decluttering process, so write them out and consider posting them someplace where you’ll see them. When you’re ready to throw in the towel, remember your purpose.
Especially for some personalities and situations, the mere thought of decluttering can be overwhelming. That’s why you need to focus. There’s really no right or wrong here, but you need some kind of idea of how you’ll plan your attack — and it will likely be tied to your central purpose. For instance, perhaps your main goal is to get ready for a remodeling job; you’ll clearly be focused on the room(s) in question. Or maybe your main reason for the big push is part of meeting a financial goal; in that case, you’ll want to start with big-ticket items that you think you can sell. In that case, you might go room to room, throughout your home, collecting items for sale first, snapping pics as you go, and putting all items together in a specific place.
Regardless of your priorities and focus in decluttering, you’ll need a plan that includes stages you plan to include, as well as chunks of time reserved for each stage. You may not know right now how much time the entire project will take, but one thing is certain: If you don’t allocate any time for it, you simply won’t have enough. For those who don’t routinely schedule home maintenance projects, it may seem strange to actually write on your calendar “decluttering,” but it if it’s something that takes up time, you will need to schedule it in.
Some professional organizers suggest hitting a significant project first in order to get it out of the way, while others suggest starting small so you can begin with a sense of accomplishment to propel you through the more difficult parts. Whichever philosophy works for you, be sure to start with a clear purpose, determine a primary focus, and come up with a plan.
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