William Morris once said, "Have nothing in your house that you do not know to be useful, or believe it to be beautiful". However, useful and using are two very different things.
How many of us bought things after telling ourselves this: 'it's on sale so I should get it; they'll need it later; you can never have too many; so and so was looking for this; better get it just in case'; I need that... I want that... I've just gotta have that'?
Now, how many of those things were actually useful? Most likely you would say just about all of them. Now here's the secret- ask yourself, 'Am I using it?'. This is the part that if you answer NO, you now have the difficult task of realizing and admitting to the waste - the waste of time, energy and money. However, this is not the place to set anchor nor beat up on yourself. It is the time to take action, learn from your mistake, and move through this. There is no doubt you will be the better for it.
Getting organized takes time and effort, strength and determination. Staying organized is an ongoing effort but is doable and easier than you think once good systems are in place. It all begins and ends with you and those in your household. It's also important to mentioned that there has to be a mental change, a different way of seeing things, before a long lasting physical change will occur.
THE BENEFITS OF STAYING ORGANIZED
I feel better about myself when I am organized
I am more relaxed
I feel proud of my home
People can be invited into my home with little or no stress or preparation
I am in control of my life
I know what I have at any given moment
It's much easier to find what I need
I don't waste time on unimportant things which means I have more time to spend on important things
I live in a safer environment
THE WAY TO GO ABOUT IT
Side note: Memorabilia does not fall under these general rules. However, if it's really that important, you should be displaying it in the manner it deserves.
If you're using it, keep it.If you haven't used it within a year, it's time to let it go.
Break large tasks into smaller parts
When you feel overwhelmed, walk away, reenergize, come back and continue your journey.
Assign an object it's worth/value. Ask yourself is it true to my intentions, is it kind to my heart's spirit, do I really like it - If it doesn't support your environment, DISPOSE of it.
If you bring something into the space and you don't have a place to put it, something else must leave.
Items that can be, should be sorted into groups. In those groups, put them in order, i.e. size, numerical, alphabetical.
If you get stuck on deciding what should stay and what should go, ask yourself this - If I had only 3 pieces I could take with me... what would they be? Books, movies, pictures, large quantity collectibles are treated differently.
As you work through this, recognize the sense of accomplishment. Reward yourself for staying on track. Forgive yourself when you don't, but learn from the uncomfortable feeling created because of your choice. Remember where you started and how far you've come.
With all the time and energy you have put into organizing your home, please remember to make time to stay organized. That means when things are becoming increasingly difficult to find, drawers are starting to look cluttered, the kids have outgrown games, books, clothes, etc., it's time to take 5 to 15 minutes to reorganize so that it doesn't become an overwhelming mess. Use the systems that were put in place but stay flexible. If necessary, alter or update them based on your specific needs at this time in your life. Sometimes it takes a while to refine a new system. It has to be put to the test under normal, everyday conditions to see if it works.
And if you need help or a gentle nudge in the right direction, please feel free to call me. It would be my pleasure to help you get to a better, happier place.
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