Why it is important to organize and declutter

Organizing. Decluttering. For some people these words can be motivating and lead to a sense of peace and better functioning day to day, due to things being easy to find and use. But these words may also bring a feeling of being overwhelmed, not knowing where to start, not having time to do it, and not having the motivation to do it for various reasons.

Most people can identify with at least one or more of these feelings, and to some people, these feelings can spill into other aspects of their lives. Sometimes it may be hard to function and complete everyday tasks due to having too much clutter and just not knowing where to start.

It’s important to remember one thing when it comes to clutter and excess things: it did not take two hours to get to a point where you can’t find things, so it won’t take two hours to completely declutter your home either. It will be a process and it will take patience. You will first need to part with things you don’t need and things you don’t love, then find a home for each item that is left.  After that process is complete, you are surrounded by things that are meaningful to you and things that make you happy as well as items you need.

It is also important to have a vision for the space you are decluttering and organizing. How do you want it to look like after it is complete? How would you like it to function? How is this space going to affect the flow of the rest of the home as well as the daily activities of the family? Is it reasonable to have this space function like it is intended to be or does it make sense to transform the space into something that will benefit you and allows you and your family to be more productive in this space? The possibilities are endless, but you know best what will work in your home. 

Having a space that you love to come home to and that is clutter free allows some people to feel a sense of calm and feel less stressed and overwhelmed. Most importantly, it allows you more time to do the things you love in life, like spend more time with your family, do something nice for yourself, pick up a good book that you have been putting off for months or even years, take a class in something you are interested in, or finally finish that craft project!

Life is stressful and busy for most families these days so taking steps to diminish the effects of added stress is important. Surrounding yourself with things you love and things you need will help create a sense of calm and ultimately allow you to live a simpler life and enjoy the important aspects of your life even more.

Kerry Miles

Professional Organizer.

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Volume 8, Issue 20, Posted 10:23 AM, 10.18.2016