Let’s Get Organized
Believe it or not, having an organized space can ultimately reduce stress and future anxiety. We decided to put our house on the market after living here for 24 years, so we’ve had lots of organizing to do! So far, our declutter process has resulted in 30 car loads which feels like FREEdom to me! What does decluttering feel like to you?
Throughout our lives, we accumulate incredible amounts of “stuff” which can sneak up on us until you look around one day thinking, “Where the heck did all this stuff come from?!” Whether it be all the pieces of art your child made you over the years, knickknacks from places traveled, or those old teacups from your mother-in-law, it can be hard to say goodbye. When you can’t bear the thought of letting go, it’s time to get organized instead!
Like many others, getting organized can be overwhelming to me. I find myself starting in one space, only to jump to another, then another before the first spaces were truly finished. Throughout the listing process, I took a different approach to organizing which helped me find success. The three-step process I followed made organizing easier, and if you can believe it, even a little fun!
1. Make a List: Jot down all the rooms/areas that need an organization face lift and deep cleaning
2. Shrink the List: Select TWO rooms/areas from the list and assign them a timeline (i.e. by the end of Sunday, the living room will be completed). Then, focus on organizing in that room/area for one hour a night throughout the week or assign two different evenings when you’ll focus multiple hours in that space (i.e. Tuesday and Thursday for three hours each).
3. Keep Marie Kondo in Mind: “Often, we have a hard time getting rid of clutter because we “might use it later” but I can bet 99.9% of the time we actually won’t use it later and we will not even remember we have that item. If you are cleaning and find an item(s) that you have had for the past 6-12 months but haven’t used, it is time to let that go. Give “thanks” to the item(s), it has served its purpose, and let it go! Donate it, throw it away, or sell it but know that letting go of it is not a bad thing.”
With so many of us utilizing our homes in a much more prominent way these days, it’s a great opportunity to get organized and make our spaces work better for us! This week, I encourage you too choose a single room/area in your home that you’ve had your eye on. Once chosen, set your schedule and get to it! You’ll be amazed at the positive feelings you’ll have from a job well done and the peace your refreshed space will help bring to your day.
What does living your exceptional life look like to you?
What room/area will you start with? Why?
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Does getting organized help you feel accomplished?
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