A lot of people read organizing blogs and books looking for clever ways to organize their stuff. They reason that if they could just organize it better then everything will be okay and they won’t have to get rid of anything requiring some tough purging decisions. And let’s face it, no one likes to do that. I also think it’s one of the main reasons why people are so hesitant to hire a Professional Organizer to help them as they think they will just be forced to throw it all away. I get it I really do. Whenever I work with someone though my goal is to never just barge in and start tossing everything out. Yes I will work with you to come up with really great organizing systems so you can fit more into a small space but there is one simple little thing you need to remember.
Your home will only allow you to house so much stuff no matter how clever you are in disguising the clutter.
There will come a time when even those bins and baskets you are stuffing stuff into become clutter.
It is dreadfully hard to relax in your home if it is packed full of stuff. You can convince yourself every January when you walk into Walmart and see all the organizing products lined up in beautiful row and beautiful row that they are the answer to all your problems. And yes that may be the case AFTER you do all the necessary work that comes before that part of the PROCESS. For those that may be unfamiliar with my PROCESS steps, it is a series of steps that when done in the right order make it extremely effective to organize any space. There are key steps that must occur BEFORE you can start organizing stuff into cute bins and baskets.
The solution for conquering clutter does not rest solely on buying more stuff.
Instead we need to get to the bottom of why clutter is happening in the first place which will in turn provide you with a better chance of it not getting out of hand again in the future.
- Perhaps you’ve let things go in the home because you don’t have the time to deal with it. Maybe then what we have is a time management issue and not a clutter issue that needs to be addressed.
- Perhaps you are overwhelmed with all that has to be done and keep putting it off. Then it becomes obvious that we have a procrastination problem that needs to be addressed.
- Perhaps clutter has become a problem because you just keep buying stuff. Then what we have is a shopping issue that needs to be dealt with.
- Perhaps clutter is a problem because there is no rhyme or reason to where anything lives. Then what needs to be tackled is creating storage systems that work for the whole family.
- Perhaps clutter is a problem because no one knows who is responsible for what and so no one does anything about it. Then it becomes a matter of setting up chore schedules and implementing habits so everyone is involved in the upkeep.
- Perhaps clutter has become a problem because we can’t say no to the lovely friends and family who pass on hand me downs or buy an abundance of gifts for the kids. Then this is what should be dealing with first.
Do you see where I’m going with all these examples? I’m sure I could go on and on. Getting to the root of clutter is essential to overcoming it.
Clutter becomes clutter for a reason and it doesn’t just happen.
We allow clutter to happen and unless we address the root issue(s) and make some changes in that area then no matter how much you try to organize your stuff you will never get ahead. You will remain in a perpetual state of chaos, never being able to slow down and experience a peaceful organized home that allows you to catch your breath and say Ahhhh, Home!
What is the root issue of the clutter problems in your home that may be keeping your home from being your haven?
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