Do you ever feel overwhelmed with everything in your home? Do you feel like you want to get rid of some of your belongings, but then when you go to do it you think of so many reasons why you should not? You are not alone. These organizing tips to clear the clutter are for you!
How to Declutter Fast with These Organizing Tips
There are professional organizers that suggest you hold the item to see if it gives you positive feelings and if it does then you keep it and if not then you don’t. My thoughts are the opposite. I feel like if you haven’t touched it in a very long time and you do not feel like you need to touch it then a quick decision needs to be made to toss or donate the item.
My thoughts are by touching it, it thereby gives you a feeling of attachment that maybe did not exist until you touched it. It sometimes brings back memories, memories that evoke feelings of attachment, memories that you did not have until you made contact with the item. I have seen this time and time again when working with clients. They touch an item and then start thinking about how maybe they should keep it because it suddenly reminds them of a loved one and how maybe that loved one can use the item someday. Some cannot remember why they have a certain item, but then when they touch everything they want to keep everything. These are things that they have not seen in years, maybe things that have been stored for many years. They start to think of reasons why they should keep it and all the feelings of why they should not keep it go away.
From what I have experienced if you make a quick decision with the help of a friend or organizer and do not touch the item, you stand more of a chance of clearing the clutter.
Start with one room at a time and at the end of each session, immediately toss the items designated for the trash and donate the others. It’s important to take the items to the donation center at the end of each organizing session. If you allow the items to sit around, you may have feelings of wanting to go back through everything again. Passing by the donations daily can cause you to remember things that are in the bags or boxes for donation. The feelings of attachment associated with these items may cause you to change your mind. If you donate the items at the end of each session, I have experienced that you will likely not miss any of them.
Once you have gone through everything in one room, match like items together and place them in a container or storage space and label them so that you can easily locate them in the future. After you have completed one room go to another and before you know it you will be on top of the clutter and have a feeling of relaxation.
Once you have gone through every room you will be surprised how much easier it will be to find things. You will save money because you will not be buying duplicates of items you cannot locate in your home.
What other organizing tips have helped you in the past? Share with us in the comments!