Clutter has the potential to stifle our creativity and our productivity. When we surround ourselves with clutter, our life risks being cluttered and thus so does our mind. Clutter never subtracts; it only multiplies as clutter begets more clutter. Have you ever told yourself that you'll get around to that (writing, painting, etc.) project or hobby, once you clear things out of a certain space or room? Somehow the clearing out never happens and instead, you may find yourself feeling guilt and resentment. As Flylady aptly says, "You can't organize clutter; you have to get rid of it to find yourself."
These quick tips, based on the Flylady approach, will help get you started attacking the clutter bug:
- Approach clutter 15 minutes at a time. Your room or space didn't get that way over night. Rather than declutter an entire room and feel overwhelmed doing so, instead, tackle one drawer or one shelf. You'll be amazed at the results, which will motivate you to clear more spaces.
- Get 3 boxes: one for items to give away, one to recycle and one for trash. Then, according to Flylady, just fling! Be ruthless as you ask yourself: "Do I love it? Do I need it? Do I use it?" Take pictures of special items such as your child's art/school projects--these take up very little space on a hard drive.
- Make sure you put those boxes or bags OUT. It's still clutter if you bag or box it and then store it!
- When you bring a new item home, get rid of the old one--search and replace! Immediately.
- Maintenance is key! Don't let clutter build. If you wait until "spring cleaning" time, you'll be overwhelmed. Get into the habit of getting rid of clutter regularly.
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