I get asked this question a lot! - How can I get rid of clutter in my home? The answer seems simple, right? Throw the crap away? Scrap everything and start over? Perhaps the clutter is so crazy, moving seems the best answer? All these things are a possible solution, however, shortly after you go through the rigors of cleaning out your crap, you will find yourself in the same situation with different stuff and most likely, more of it. WHY? ... because you took care of the symptom but you didn't take care of the root problem. To do that, you must start at the beginning. There is a psychology behind everything we do, think, and say. If you have accumulated "stuff" you are most likely emotionally attached to it in some way or another. Letting it go could indicate you are letting go of something either near and dear to you, or it could mean you are not ready to release some deep seated issue you haven't faced or don't even know you are dealing with in the first place. It could also mean you're just lazy. But then again, laziness is a symptom of procrastination, which in turn is our way of avoiding dealing with our issues of emotional attachment.
So here's my suggestion ... you start at the beginning. Growth comes in steps. It took years of conditional programming to get where you are (whether you feel you're in a good or not so good space), so be patient and gentle with your progress in upgrading your programming.
A. Take one room at at time, otherwise it's all too overwhelming.
B. If even one room is overwhelming, start with just one section of the room. Example: start with the closet, then work your way to the south wall, west wall, north wall, you get the gist.
C. Give yourself a time limit, otherwise you'll get frustrated that it's taking too long and you'll most likely give up. My suggestion is 1 to 2 hours max. at a time.
D. Remind yourself you are doing a service to yourself, to others (if you sale or give your good stuff away), and the planet. One man's junk is another's treasure. Also, you are keeping this stuff out of the landfills and ocean.
Once you decide on a room or section to begin with, here are some really simple steps to follow:
1. MAKE A BOX FOR THINGS YOU TREASURE, and I mean seriously "TREASURE", can't live without, and you plan to make a permanent, visible home for (and not tucked away unseen in the closet again). And if you are unsure about how to categorize something, ask yourself, "why do I want this in my space and how does it serve me?"
2. MAKE A BOX FOR THINGS THAT ARE STILL OF USE, JUST NOT BY YOU. These will go to a yard sale, a second hand store, or to someone you know who needs them.
3. MAKE A BOX OR BAG FOR THINGS THAT HAVE NO PERSONAL VALUE. If you can recycle it, do it. If it's trash, then it has its place.
This is just STEP ONE in getting organized. When you have an organized space/environment, you open the door for an organized mind. And when you have an organized mind, your life will reflect that in every way. You're relationships will flourish, you will feel better, emotionally and physically. You may even begin to see a change in how you perceive the world around you. Pat yourself on the back, you've taken a huge step in the right direction. Stay tuned for more on how to declutter and get organized.
One step in the right direction is better than no step at all.
Blessings Ya'all - Loren Lvaine