Stuff is everywhere! The need to be organized and clutter-free may not bother you until you can’t find something you’re looking for. Whether you realize it or not, clutter eats away at your mood and self-esteem. The more stuff you have, the more stress you feel. Not being able to find what you’re looking for isn’t the only problem that clutter drags along with it. It spills over into your life causing:
- Sleepless nights
- Crabby attitudes
- The inability to accomplish small tasks around the house
- A lack of focus
- The list goes on and on…
Don’t let getting organized and clutter-free scare you
Organizing and clearing clutter can be such a large task it will scare you from even getting started. So keep it simple and the task will seem easier. Ask yourself this question, “What is the best way to eat an elephant?” Your answer, “One bite (or project) at a time.”
If clutter is out of control in your home, help is available. Hoarding and clutter are two very different issues. Either way, it is nothing to be ashamed about. There are many professionals who can help you organize and clear clutter. The price for this kind of professional help can vary depending on 2 things:
- Your willingness and ability to do some organizing and clearing clutter on your own
- How serious your situation might be
If you are dealing with hoarding or are concerned about someone you love who might be dealing with hoarding issues, see these helpful resources:
6 tips to help you be more organized
If the need to be organized and clutter-free is your “elephant,” and you choose to eat it one bite at a time on your own, these 6 tips will help:
- Choose one area of the home or office and begin with it. Do not move on until this one area is finished. Hint: Don’t start with the biggest project. Start small until you get the hang of it. For starters, try the kitchen counter.
- Grab a few boxes to help you sort. Label them “Trash,” “Keep,” “Urgent.” Be honest with yourself here. If you haven’t used or thought about the item you are holding in your hand for 6 months, trash it!
- Do something with each box. Throw the “Trash” boxes away NOW! Set up a file for the “Keep” boxes or put these things where they belong NOW! Address the urgent NOW! “NOW!” is very important here. If you don’t do it “NOW,” you’ll be right back where you started.
- Make your office work for you. If you’re organizing and clearing clutter from your office, make your office work for you. Files should make sense to you. They should be filed in a way that works for you. All urgent matters should have a prominent place on your desk.
- If you love your stuff, as many of us do, box it up. Clear tubs will allow you to see the stuff you love inside. You may feel better when you can see it, even if it is on a shelf in the garage.
- Hire a house cleaner. Once you are organized and clutter-free, treat yourself to a thorough housecleaning by a professional. I ALWAYS do! Oh, the bliss of a clean home in only one day! The result of this may be enough to convert you to regular de-cluttering sessions for good.
Organizing can be simply and easy if you really want it!
Does this sound simplistic and easy? It really is, but you must be ready for the task. You must really want to get organized! If you Google “organize,” you will find limitless ideas on organizing. Try to enjoy the task and even have fun with it. Like a child who feels a great sense of relief and accomplishment when all of their toys are put away in the toy box, you can have a great sense of relief, accomplishment, focus and clarity, too.
Here are more helpful resources for getting organized and clutter-free:
Do you need to get organized and clutter-free? Presto Real Estate Services can help. Rid yourself of sleepless nights, crabby attitudes and the inability to accomplish small tasks. Call (630) 336-1820 or write firstname.lastname@example.org today. Let us help you find that sense of relief, clarity of thought and focus.