A Clutter Free Lifestyle: Clear Your Space To Clear Your Mind
Have you ever walked into a cluttered space and felt overwhelmed? Whether it's your space or someone else's, clutter creates a negative mood - so clear it up!
It's difficult to get comfortable or motivated in a cluttered space. Clutter is excess, plain and simple. It consists either too many items in a space, or things that do not relate to the space. It is the excess itself that creates the overwhelmed feeling and discomfort. Clutter also shows the world about how we think. There are those folks who claim they know exactly where everything is in their cluttered space, but for the rest of us, our clutter represents the victory things have over our ability to control them. Excess and clutter really represents a lack of control. No wonder you're overwhelmed! Is this how you have envisioned your space? Not likely, but now that you recognize the problem, you can fix it.
A place for everything
There are certain items that tend to become clutter in a space. If you can define a place for them, they are less likely to intrude into your living spaces.
Daily accessories: Find a place for your purse, wallet, keys, briefcase, jacket, umbrella, sunglasses, etc. Pick a spot near the main entry. If you don't have a storage closet there, you might want to hang hooks on the wall near your door and add a shelf to store these items.
Mail: Mail probably creates the biggest clutter problem. Find a place where you can put put your incoming mail. Near it, place a trash can for all that junk mail. Just remember to remove and shred any junk mail with personal info on it before you put it out for collection.
Newspapers, magazines and catalogs: Use baskets or magazine racks to hold these items. It makes it easier to keep them in one spot when you are ready to sort and dispose of the ones you no longer want.
Paperwork: Get or make a filing cabinet to store your kept paperwork. If you clip coupons, keep them in an envelope or wallet placed where you can easily retrieve it before you go shopping. Also, designate a place to keep take out menus and other service flyers that you refer to often.
Home office/computer area: If you don't have a room to devote to this purpose, then create an area. You may wish to get a cabinet or storage desk to house all of your computer equipment and office supplies so you can close it away when you're finished.
Kids' items: Help your kids to choose an area where they will keep school books, bags and homework. Do the same with their toys. Teach them to keep their school items and toys stowed when they are finished with them. Most importantly, remember to praise them when they do the right thing and to remind them when they forget!
Toiletries and beauty products: Keep out the items you use every day and store the more occasional items out of sight for a tidier bathroom. You can also purchase drawers and organizers to store under the sink or on the counter for cosmetics and other items.
Holiday and special occasion items: Keep storage containers for wrapping papers, gift bags, tags, and cards. Also keep bins for holiday decorations, making sure you label them so they can be easily identified.
Cleaning products: Keep these stowed away in a place where kids and pets can't get to them!
Miscellaneous items: Keep pens, scotch tape, batteries, and other odds and ends in a storage box or a kitchen drawer if you have the space.
Tackling the rest of it
You will see such an improvement dealing with the majors clutter producers. Now it's time to tackle the rest of the excess in your home. Don't expect to finish it all in a day. It took years for things to accumulate around your home, so give yourself the time needed to do it right. You will be amazed by the results!
The Kitchen: Go through all your cabinets and drawers, and toss any expired food, spices, etc. Get rid of multiple small appliances. Do the same with pots and pans that you haven't used in ages. If you are using your refrigerator door as a bulletin board, think about making or buying one that can go on a wall. Anything that doesn't belong in the kitchen will need to be moved to its proper place in the home.
Bathrooms: If you didn't tackle bathrooms in the earlier stage, then do it now. Those toiletries and beauty products take up so much space. Anything that's old, smells bad or has changed color needs to be thrown out. Again, if you have multiple small appliances, get rid of the extras.
Linen Closets: Go through your sheets, towels, table cloths, place mats, etc, and get rid of worn, stained items. Get rid of things that are no longer suited to your style. Organize your closet so each item type has an area in the closet to make things easier to find.
Bedroom Closets: It's been said again and again, If you haven't worn it in a year, then get rid of it. If you don't have a shoe rack, you may want to consider getting one to keep shoes organized.
Under the Beds: A very popular place to hide away things. It's OK to keep storage under beds, but items should be in storage containers not lying around collecting dust.
Bookcases and shelves: Go through your books, videos, DVDs, CDs, photos, accessories, kids toys, etc. and eliminate the excess. You will be amazed by how much space you have!
Garage or Shed: Get rid of broken, rusted, worn items and things you don't use anymore. Maybe you can even park the car inside again!
It’s a new year and just the right time to clean out old, worn, expired, and extra items, and store the rest in their proper place! Once you’re done, you will feel more balanced in your home, have a clear mind, and will be ready to tackle more important things. So what are you waiting for?