Declutter your life
What is clutter?
Clutter is anything we don't need, want or use that takes our time, energy or space and destroys our serenity.
Why do I clutter?
Every person you ask would have a different answer and a different reason but in the end the primary emotional cause of the problem is all same. We hold onto old things and old ideas because we lack faith in our ability to obtain new ideas and new things. This leads to a condition of insecurity, which stems at its root, from the inability to understand who, and what, you are.
Firstly you must get a new understanding. Simply learning to organize is just a piece of the puzzle. To remove the chaos, we must examine the psychological inner workings that influence our behaviors in order to create lasting change.
Question yourself and be honest
Was the house I was raised in a cluttered home with no organisation? Who did it come from and why did they clutter?
Are you indecisive and have trouble making final decisions?
Do I suffer feelings of guilt over money spent, energy wasted, time wasted?
Is my clutter a container for my memories, but a distractor from tackling deeper issues? Getting rid of this clutter can lead to facing deeper emotional issues which can be very cathartic and liberating.
Essential organizational skills, to eliminate, categorize, and organize, are learned and can be applied to all areas of life.
When should I deal with clutter?
Most people do it three times a year but sometimes it just reaches crises point and it must be dealt with. It should become a state of mind that every single piece you put away, store or stash should be subject to the 10 decluttering questions below
How do I declutter?
Understand The Vaccum Law of Prosperity,by giving away you automatically make room for the new that you want and love.
10 Questions to ask when decluttering
- Is this item something I use regularly
- If not is it something I love
- Am I keeping this out of obligation
- Do I think I should love it - but will you ever
- Am I saving this just in case
- Do I have multiples of the same thing
- Could something else do the same job
- Am I holding onto it to fix one day
- Is it worth spending time cleaning it
- Could I use this space for something else, create the vaccum and fill it with something you love
Where do I put my clutter?
One of the reasons things pile up on desks, counters,tables and floors is that they havn't got an allocated space.
Action: Access each item with the 10 declutter questions and if it is a keeper find a place that is suitable to store near simular items at the right height appropriate to the amount of times you need to retrieve it.
Buying Storage containers does not mean you have decluttered.
Action: Once you have accessed with the 10 declutter questions if you have a group of items that need a container purchase one. But nothing should pass the threshold of your home unless it is needed.
Emotional Clutter every mother has that painting, artwork, cards, special gift or project given by their children. If you are serious about decluttering you must get rid of some
Action: Take a photo of the item and save on a hardrive, you can even make a photo book of my childs journey of paintings, artwork, special cards and gifts and then bin it all - ouch that hurt but it will be replaced by a beautiful book of love.
Who can help me declutter?
There are many books or never ending information on the internet, but set a timer and don't let it distract you too long from the decluttering.
Hire a professional, we do it for so many other areas of our lives. Sometimes people just believe this is something you should know how to do so they don't enlist the help of others. Just like other trades if it is not something you can do or comfortable doing get in touch with your local professional home organising business. We have professional organisers on our packers and movers page. Or search the Institute of Professional Organisers
Getting rid of paperwork is an ongoing task. There are two things to consider.
If tax related How long do I need to Keep?
The other consideration is identity theft. You want to destroy these documents securely.
Please see our document destruction services.
A destruction bag is available from our office which is the best way to securely destroy documents yearly.