If you’re like me, you struggle with clutter.
Shocker, I know.
The Truth About All That Clutter
Me being a very organized person by nature, I start to lose traction when all around me are piles of stuff--paperwork, bills, books, whatever tends to get dropped onto any flat surface because it doesn’t have a proper home.
This is true for most things that make up clutter.
Laziness is another factor. We all have it in us.
I’ve found, when my life starts to clutter up, I lose my creativity. I spend way too much time trying to find things. Clutter can easily cause your brain to become overwhelmed.
In our old four-square farmhouse, there isn’t much space for extra cabinets and hutches. I have a wonderful food pantry; it needs help, but it’s fairly organized. And my clothes have been purged multiple times this past year.
So what’s my biggest beef? My non-existent office space. What does one do when there’s no dedicated work space for a business owner? I’ll get to this in a moment.
Conquering the Clutter Dragging You Down
Let’s tackle a small area in your home (or office) that is totally bugging you. But, let’s keep it small for now.
A junk drawer
A coat closet
A book shelf
Maybe you have a pile of papers on your counter that need dealing with. Together, let’s work through our own little bug-a-boos.
First, we need to identify this as a project. Obviously, it’s a mess, but we can do this. Let’s get started by creating three piles.
Toss pile. This is for all the junk: the torn and stained clothing; the out of date, old unnecessary paperwork; all the things you haven’t touched or worn in two years; etc. You get what I mean—total junk.
Totally Keeping pile. This is where a little bit of Marie Kondo comes into play. I’ve not read any of her books, although I do have one on my Kindle. (See what I did there? Kindle, or some other electronic reader, helps relieve owning tons of dust collecting books. Please don’t hurt me—I’m a sworn hard-copy book lover, but having one of these saved my marriage. LOL!). The Totally Keeping pile is for that which brings Joy! Or maybe the item is currently being used, but it’s not in its proper place. Maybe you have to keep it for a very real reason, yet here it is contributing to the clutter. This pile is for the must keep items.
Trash to Treasure pile. This is for the stuff that you no longer want or need, but someone else can still use. It can become someone else’s treasure. Donate it. My favorite thing! It’s a win-win for all involved: You get rid of stuff that someone else can use, and the facility makes a few bucks to help the community—AND it’s a tax write off. That’s a win-win-win-win-WIN!
My Own Victory Over Clutter
Here’s the space I’ve been working on. It’s still a work in progress.
There use to be a book shelf here which was moved to the upstairs office (hubby’s office). In that space where the bookshelf went was this cabinet, so it was brought downstairs.
It’s a very nice office/printer/small copier cabinet. The big drawers hold files or whatever. And up above is more nice storage. My challenge is to make this work for my business stuff.
I’ve started filling it up, but I haven’t really dug deep into making this very organised and functional. What that means to me, is that when I approach this cabinet with whatever needs to go there, I will be motivated to put away the item, where it belongs. Right now, stuff is getting dumped on the counter and a pile is forming because this stuff doesn’t have a proper spot in the cabinet.
More De-cluttering Ideas to Come!
Next week, I’ll be sharing some ideas on what to do with certain spaces to keep them looking their best. This week, I want you to just focus on one spot. Get it de-cluttered. Make your piles and then do it! Let me know in a comment, or on Facebook, what you plan to work on. I’d love to hear about it!