Sometimes, when we stay in one place for too long, we may have a tendency to accumulate lots of “stuff.” It could be for sentimental reasons, a force of habit (think “pat rat” types), sheer laziness or just keeping thinks for a rainy day.
Well, what do you do when suddenly that “rainy day” arrives? Now that you have to figure out what to DO with all this “stuff” that seemed so important at the time and you begin to think about all that you need to sort through, the process can seem a bit overwhelming. My best advice is to start small. When you start with smaller projects, you feel a sense of accomplishment when you conquer one task at a time.
Tackling a big project can seem intimidating and may make you want to quit before you get finished, but if you break that BIG project into several smaller ones, the task of ‘weeding out’ suddenly doesn’t seem so arduous.
Start with a junk drawer. We all have at least ONE in our home. It may be in your kitchen a desk drawer, a bedroom side table… wherever it is, tackle this first. Why – because it’s a smaller project that should only take you a few minutes to work through. Once you clean it out, you will be amazed at how much was in there in the first place that you probably didn’t ‘need.’ Old batteries, broken pencils, dried up markers, expired coupons, you name it… if it has NO value, pitch it!
My friend Laura who owns her own cleaning company suggested that you can purchase small bins at your local Dollar Store (check Store Locations) so you can neatly arrange them in a drawer and keep the space organized. No longer will you have stray drywall nails or pennies freely sliding around in the drawer. BTW, if any of you are located near the Hampton Roads area and need some cleaning done, please visit Laura’s areas served page, make sure that they serve your city and fill out their contact form while mentioning Market Restaurant. She will give you a free in-home consultation and half off first cleaning. If you own a business or work at one in the area, visit the page about commercial cleaning services and get 15% OFF recurring or one-time service from Laura. Be sure to mention MR!
Once you marvel at your newly arranged drawer, pat yourself on the back and move on to the next project. You can keep working or you can set aside a few minutes a day to begin to de-clutter your life. Rome wasn’t built in a day, so why should your entire house have to be reorganized in one? Plan to set aside 10-15 minutes each day to take on the reorganization of everything in your house: closets, cupboards, dressers, shelves, cabinets, and even your child’s playroom. If you take time to do this, you will be able to take pride in these small accomplishments as you take them on one at a time – soon enough, this feeling may make you feel like you can take on anything!
By taking the time to weed out what you don’t need, you will be well on your way to a cleaner, more organized home before you know it.
P.S. Don’t forget to reward yourself!