As we work our way though the holidays, are you feeling a bit overwhelmed by the clutter of life? Do you need a new perspective? My wonderful assistant Shawna Fisher has composed a series to help de-clutter your life. I trust it will help you as much as it did for me.
Are you one of those people who feel weighted down by a lot of clutter? I know that I can certainly relate!! And by clutter, I don’t just mean visual clutter. Clutter comes in all forms, from:
- too much clutter in your home
- over committing yourself to too many things
- toxic people in your life
There are so many other things that I can list. But my point is, we can get lost in having too many things essentially running our lives. It then becomes the point where we just need to take control. Today I am focusing on the home.
Too Much Clutter In Your Home
Decluttering your home can be overwhelming. We moved into our house a little over 3 years ago and lucky for us (or not) we have a lot of storage areas in our house that we can stash stuff in all kinds of nooks and cranny’s! But there comes a point where you just can’t take it any more and you need to purge!
The key is to focus in one area. I know that this can be hard! If you are anything like me, I tend to start in one area and then as I move around the house to put things away I may see something else (yes, I see squirrels, ha ha) and end up picking away at another area all while leaving a mess where you originally started. So try to stay focused! If it is cleaning off your counter (my biggest nemesis), start by sorting things out. Throw away all the junk mail, sort out things that need to be filed and put away things that are just laying around. Once the clutter is gone off the counters, walking into your kitchen doesn’t seem to be so overwhelming or daunting.
Let’s talk about those closets! We all know they are the collectors of everything that needs to get stashed away, especially when we have company coming and we need to quick throw it in and just shut the door! So, start by sorting them out into piles:
- Things to keep – Find a system that works for you to organize the things that you need to keep, there are so many ideas out there that you can get (Pinterest is a great tool).
- Things to sell – If you are a person that does garage sales, eBay, Facebook marketplace, craigslist or whatever, sell the stuff that you no longer want/need. After all, one man’s (or woman’s) junk is another ones treasure! Use that money to pay off bills, stash away for a vacation or go get a massage or a night out with friends or a loved one.
- Things to donate – There is always other people that are in need. Donating is so gratifying and helps people more than you sometimes realize. Find a charity, cause, church or a goodwill in your area to drop your stuff off at (some places will even pick it up right at your door).
- Things to throw away – I will raise my hand right here and say that as I have started decluttering my home, I have thrown more things out. From the junk mail on the counters to expired food in my pantry to half empty bottles of “whatever” that linger in my closets, it either goes in the recycling or the trash.
I know in my life, going from being overwhelmed with all the extra clutter to trying to purge and simplify my life is a slow process but will be a rewarding journey when it is all complete. I don’t feel so overwhelmed every time I look into a closet and I can actually find what I am looking for.
I hope you find this helpful in trying to free your life from clutter. Be sure to share this with someone you may think will find it useful.
Be sure to check out Shawna’s blog next month where she will be talking about “Saying No to Over Commitment.”