It seems like it is everywhere – the topic gracing the cover of every magazine cover with the latest solutions on how to organize your closet or home, to the thoughts late at night that clutter our mind as we try to fall asleep. Oftentimes it greets us as we walk into our home, or up to our attic. It is never well received. However, there is clutter that may live in your junk drawer. That’s o.k. You know it’s there and it is contained. Yet, there’s also the clutter that drags us down, that interferes with our home being a sanctuary and welcome relief after a busy day at work. It can invade our home and by doing so invade our life. There are solutions of course. Not quick fixes, but over time clutter can be de-cluttered and contained so that it no longer is a burden. Over the course of the next month, we are going to share tips on how to deal with clutter one step at a time.
Where to Start?
First, define one space where you want to start. This should be the space that you encounter in your every day life. Is it your home office that is littered with paper, and you have trouble finding important documents? Or, is it your dining room where you can’t serve a family meal because your dining room table has become a dumping ground for everything that comes into your home. Or, maybe your priority is planning a Saturday night dinner party but you are too embarrassed to have anyone over. Define the space, come up with a positive vision of how you would like the space to function, and set realistic goals. Keep that positive vision with you as you work towards achieving your goal. That is the first step to conquering clutter.
Have a clear, defined, achievable goal. Maybe, the clutter isn’t impacting your everyday life, and has been pushed aside to the garage or attic. And, every time you see it you can’t muster the energy to attack it. No matter where it lives in your home – gain perspective, and define your goals. You can conquer clutter – it doesn’t need to conquer you.