52 Weeks: #34 Setting boundaries and limits
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I know I’ve written about this plenty of times before but it’s such an important part of the organizing process that I’m just going to keep talking about it, okay?
In fact, it’s Tip #13 in my book, Clutter Rehab and I want to share it with you today. I’ve been thinking about it ever since The Bearded Iris asked me for some advice on Twitter. Here’s what she wrote:
“There’s a fine line between craft supplies and trash. @orgjunkie give me the tough love I need and tell me to let it go!”
To which I replied:
“@TheBeardedIris Determine the amount of space you can designate for crafts and only keep what fits that space. You can do it!!!”
In other words, determine the space you have available first and then make it so your stuff fits the limit.
Here’s the excerpt from my book:
So often people don’t pay attention to the space they really have available. They figure if their space is full, then they must just need more space. And yes, sometimes this is true. However, more often than not, what we should be thinking (and what would be painfully clear if we had established limits and boundaries), is that we just need less stuff. For instance, I love hair products and they can easily take over my space if my over-consumption isn’t reigned in. To keep me in check, I’ve designated one basket as my limit to the number of hair products I can have. Without that limit, I’m sure my hair products would multiply in the night and take over my entire bathroom. Once the basket is full, I know I have to either stop buying or use the “one in, one out” rule. These can be tough choices that definitely make me think twice about what I buy in the first place, saving me not only space, but time and money as well.
Questions to ponder:
1. Which area of your home has gotten out of hand and needs to have some limits enforced?
2. Tell me how you think your space and family would benefit from having these limits and boundaries in place?
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