As one year ends and another begins, people often seek to make a “fresh start”. Making resolutions to become more intentional, stronger, exercise more, become more organized. Of all these noble aspirations, I’d like share a couple thoughts on organization. I believe the key to effective organization is clutter elimination. After all, you can’t organize well if you simply own more than your square footage allows for. Might I suggest, letting go of the things that weigh you down? Scale back. Pare down. Declutter. Purge. Anyway you put it, less is more when seeking order and simplicity. Having a hard time making decisions about your stuff? Here are three tips to get you started in the right direction:
- Envision your ideal. Consider the vision you have for your life, your home and your surroundings. Describe it. This picture that you’re painting in your “mind’s eye” will be critical in the purging process. Be as specific as possible in envisioning and describing your ideal surroundings and don’t be tempted to skip this important step. It will be the foundation upon which the decluttering decisions are made. It will be easy to “say goodbye” to your surplus stuff if you understand its holding you back from realizing your envisioned ideal.
- Identify a donation location. Where will your unwanted or unneeded items go? Once gathered, they must leave immediately! So deciding where to send them is vital. There are many options to choose from. You may choose to host a yard sale. Contact the Salvation Army to Schedule donation pick up , or take items to a nearby donation station. Consider taking your items to Revolution Thrift, which is my top pick for donations! Identifying a worthy location for your unneeded surplus will help you to part with your items, knowing someone else can make good use of them!
- Choose a starting point. Begin with an area that will reap the highest reward. Consider the area that drains the most of your time or causes the most frustration. This may be the desk or the closet. Excess paper and excess clothing are high stressors. Roll up your sleeves and empty the entire space. This is like beginning with a blank canvas. Every item you just removed from the space is a decision. At this point remember the ideal life you envisioned. Ask yourself if holding onto the item will help you achieve your vision. This is where it can get difficult which is why step one is so critical. Stay put. Make piles. Don’t leave the space you’re working on because there is a high probability you may lose focus and motivation. If something belongs in another room, make a pile for it. You don’t need to decide what to toss, just decide what to keep!
Are you among the millions seeking a “fresh start”? Would you like to resolve to become more organized? You can! Contact firstname.lastname@example.org if you need assistance getting started or at any point in the process!
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