Clutter is exhausting and overwhelming to deal with. Not just trying to tackle it, but trying to avoid, ignore, and maneuver around clutter is also equally exhausting. Having organizing goals is great, but how do you actually achieve those goals when it’s so overwhelming?
ONE BITE AT A TIME
How do you eat an elephant? One bite at a time. An overwhelming task is much easier to swallow, so to speak, if you break it into bite-sized pieces and take your time. If you have the great big goal of organizing your entire home, then that’s a great organizing goal. It’s also a great BIG organizing goal and could be way too daunting. Start by focusing on one space at a time and back into the BIG goal. As one of my clients recently pointed out to me, “small hinges swing big gates.” When you take one small action step toward your goal, you’ll start noticing bigger, faster results with less effort as time goes on. Man, I love knowing that. Don’t you?
KNOW YOU CAN
Henry Ford famously said, “Whether you think you can or think you cannot, you are right.” There is such genius truth to this statement. If you set an organizing goal (or any life goal for that matter) and immediately tell yourself, “There’s no way I can do this.” Guess what? You’ve already defeated yourself. You have set yourself up for failure. Flip that negative self-talk on it’s head! Go to a mirror, look yourself in the eyes and say, “I’ve got this. This is my home, and I am in control of the clutter. Clutter is not in control of me.” Then give yourself a high-five and get to work. Who cares if you feel silly because you’re about to crush your goals!
HAVE A PLAN
As an organizing specialist, I have successfully organized and decluttered many homes. Before tackling every single one of those organizing jobs, I made sure I had a plan in place. Sometimes, even the best made plans need to be adjusted as the job progresses. But I always start with a general idea of how to accomplish my client’s decluttering and organizing goals.
WHERE TO START
You can try starting with the spot that bothers you the most. Once you get the most annoying clutter taken care of, the rest will usually fall way more easily. However, if it ALL equally bothers you, then start with your personal space like your bedroom. Your bedroom is probably the first room you see when you open your eyes in the morning, and the last room you see when you close your eyes at night. Make that space the best space in your house! It sets the tone for your mood (whether you realize it or not).
WHEN TO FINISH
Keep yourself accountable and on track by making sure your organizing plan has a realistic timeline attached to it. Put it on the calendar and hold yourself accountable to that “finish date.” Make sure you give yourself enough time to complete the project, but don’t make it so far out that you begin to procrastinate.