motivation

Decluttering: Start with the easy things

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Often the task of decluttering is overwhelming. Here are a few practical ways to get started.

1. Start with the things that don't feel complicated. Look for the visible things that you don't feel attached to, the stacks of newspapers, the trinkets in the your bedside table, obvious trash, spare change, the things that are lying around the house that get left out or shoved in drawers because they don't have a designated place.

2. Go through each room looking for the items that you don't have to spend too much time thinking about. Throw away/recycle anything that is obviously trash. Toss anything you can easily part with (that isn't trash) into a laundry basket or a box to donate. The point is to scan you home for the things that you don't know why you haven't gotten rid of yet.

3. For the places that you can quickly purge, try containing like items in small trays or use drawer inserts/dividers to make things easier to locate.

Having trouble getting started? Here is a list of items that are easy to purge or make a permanent home for:

-spare change

-coupons

-your least favorite coffee mugs

-relevant flyers or invitations

-mismatched or unused hangers

-papers to file

-old makeup

-bills to pay

-office supplies

-batteries

-take out utensils

-all the freebee's (that you've never used) that came free with another purchase

Why not just leave all that stuff in the attic?

People often take action on spaces or rooms that guests or family see and utilize but what about the spaces that most people don't see; the ones that internally weigh you down? Most of us have a stash hidden in our closets, attics, or basements. Why not leave it there?

Image from Sundaytimes.co.uk

Image from Sundaytimes.co.uk

The problem with accumulating things and then hiding them away is that one day they have to be dealt with by you or by the family you leave behind. Often times we carry around subconcious guilt or anxiety about those spaces. We form attachments to our stuff or maybe attachments to the idea of having access to stuff. There is a process that one must go through to mentally prepare to let go of things. Part of the decluttering process begins with a good look at how you think about your things. For many of us, holding on to things is a way to feel safe about a future need that may or may not ever occur. We encourage you to think about what it would be like to only keep items that truly give you joy? Sometimes it's simply a matter of stopping to think about the purpose you originally had behind a purchase. You may find that it's served it's purpose and can be passed along. We've found that decluttering doesn't come naturally to many people. Organizing and decluttering your home can be really overwhelming, even scary at times. On top of those things, letting go is HARD! It usually takes an outsider to help you not get stuck in your head when trying to make decisions on what to keep. It's only natural to begin thinking of all the reasons to not get rid of things when the real question (and way less time consuming question) is whether keeping it will bring you joy. Being ready to declutter doesn't happen over night, it's a personal journey that doesn't work if you've reluctantly agreed after being coerced by a friend of family member. The decluttering and ultimately the organizing process only works when you truly want to be free of your stuff.

Image by  Texture Photo

Image by Texture Photo

Our goal is never to convince anyone to do anything they don't want to do but rather for you to be so convinced that you need freedom from your things that you make the move to call us. We want you to be the hero of your clutter problem and we are here, ready to guide you along the way.

 

5 tips for falling in love with your home again in 2015

Picture by Artifact Uprising

Picture by Artifact Uprising

 1.  Make a list of spaces in your home that need order.  Pay attention to how the space is currently used and what you'd like it to be used for.  Having vision and purpose for the space is key to getting motivated to start & finish. Try thinking about the things you wish you had space for in your home. When you start thinking outside of the box you may realize that you can re-purpose a closet into a crafting nook or a home office.

Picture by Katie Norrell

Picture by Katie Norrell

2.  Don't go it alone.  Call a friend, a family member or Help You Dwell to be a second set of eyes allowing you to envision creative ways to organize and re-purpose your space that you might not ordinarily think about.  Organizing with others helps you not get bogged down in the details and helps to make the decisions on whether to keep or share items with others.

3.  Make attainable goals, staying focused on one project at a time.  Set aside small, specific increments of time to accomplish your goals.  Setting aside an hour of focused, intentional time can be much more productive and less overwhelming than a whole day or weekend of work.

Picture by HayleyAnn.Styling

Picture by HayleyAnn.Styling

4.  Get supplies ready; trash bag, donation bag/box, "put away" bin (laundry baskets work great for this) and any storage containers you may need.  We recommend organizing before buying bins so you know how many containers you will need. If you prefer to buy storage bins before hand, make sure to keep receipts so you can return items you don't need.

5.  Get started. Half of the battle is taking the first step. Turn on some music, grab a bottle of water and stay the course so you can enjoy your space the way you've always wanted.