I swear multiple members of my family border on hoarding, so I am as minimalist as can be. I can’t stand clutter or disorganization. I can’t go on vacation, even an overnight trip, until everything in the house is in order. It’s one of my quirks, and after several years and several late starts, even Mike has learned to help me plan a day or two ahead so I’m not running around on my way out the door.
Although that may seem like an extreme example, I think it shows the importance of an organized environment. I know that after being away, the last thing I want to do is come home to a space that’s not welcoming and clear. It’s common sense that if your home, office, car, or closet are in disarray, your life probably will be too. You will be amazed at the sense of clarity and freedom you get when you get rid of the clutter that’s taking over your life.
Five Tips to De-clutter Your Home
- Take baby steps. Focus on one room, or even one drawer at a time so you don’t get overwhelmed. You didn’t junk it up overnight, so don’t try to de-junk it overnight either.
- Create less clutter. Be choosy about what you bring into your home. Make sure you absolutely love everything you buy. Living the Savvy Life has some great tips on this.
- When it comes to closets, we have two rules in our house. If it’s not better than what you already have in your closet, don’t buy it. And if it is and you buy it, one in means one out.
- Create a system to keep it up. Having a routine will make life so much easier. Check out the Fly Lady website for a ton of resources on creating routines to help organize your home and life.
- Hire a professional organizer. You can find them on Google and even Groupon. Sometimes its better to bring in an expert, or in this case an unbiased party to help mediate and make decisions on what stays and goes.
While cleaning and organizing doesn’t seem fabulous, you’ll be amazed at how freeing it feels. I’m amazed at how it can simultaneously relaxing and make me more productive.