Joshua Becker has some great decluttering tips to help you organize your life. He tells the story of how he used to have a great deal of clutter in his life and how he managed to overcome his bad habits to live a simpler, more organized life.
Decluttering tips to organize your life.
1) Believe it is possible. Most of us know it is entirely possible to live in a clutter-free environment. I imagine that is what attracts you to this guide. You are just looking for some extra help to get there.
This is something that many people struggle with. When you have lived with clutter for a long time, it can be hard to imagine your home being any other way. Unfortunately though, this belief can turn into a self fulfilling prophecy, leaving us trapped with more and more clutter in our lives.
2) Remove the excess. Our homes are full of things. Clutter begins to appear most prominently when we own too much stuff. Conversely, the fewer items we own, the easier it is to keep clutter at a minimum. The first (and most important) step in keeping your home clutter-free is to remove the excessive possessions that are stealing our lives, time, and energy.
I think at this stage, you need to look at the reasons you have too much stuff in your life. What is the root cause of all of your clutter. If you skip this step, you may get rid of your clutter initially, but it will often reaccumulate.
Start with the small, easy to get rid of items before you tackle the larger sentimental ones. Make sure you get your entire family involved in the process, particularly if there is one person who is responsible for most of the clutter.
3) Implement habits to manage your clutter. For most of my life, I thought the key to maintaining clutter was found here. Just organize, clean, and organize again. But I was wrong. Because I had not taken the time to remove the excess in full (or in part), I could never get ahead of the clutter in my home. There were just too many things in too small a space – no matter what system we tried to implement. As a result, healthy clutter-clearing habits never had opportunity to emerge. So do not skip the removal step, it is absolutely important. And the more energy you put in removing the excess, the easier it will be to find and develop habits to better manage the things you keep.
This is a vital step. It would be nice if clutter never came back once you cleared it out, but unfortunately, that’s not the case. You need to be vigilant and mindful. Don’t let a day go by without clearing away some clutter. If you don’t, you’ll find that clutter has insidiously managed to re-establish itself in your home.
4) Slow the accumulation of possessions. To live is to consume. It cannot be avoided – especially in our society and culture. But if the influx of possessions into our homes can be slowed, clutter can be managed efficiently.
Be mindful about what you bring into your home. Make sure you need it before it crosses then threshold. Keep these decluttering tips and the principle that everything in your home needs its own place in mind. If you think about whether your home has room for the item you are considering purchasing, before you buy it, you will end up buying less stuff.
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