Have you jumped on the wagon to get organized or get rid of clutter in your life?
It seems that with the popularity of a NetFlix show and others talking about scaling down, that it might seem like everyone is trying to get organized and de-clutter.As we near the end of winter, the cold months and being stuck indoors, what a great time it might be to work on this. Minimalism is becoming more popular with people cleaning out and not replacing “stuff”, just saving their money.
Steps to Help with the Process
Some steps that might help to make it a bit easier. The first thing to do is block out time to start the process. If you don’t want to do it all at once, which could be overwhelming, schedule several mini-sessions to accomplish this task. Put it on your calendar and keep true to your schedule.
We’ve all heard of the 3 piles of Keep, Toss and Donate. This part is easy per se’. If you have trouble deciding, it might help to have another family member there or a close friend to assist. They can provide a different perspective that you may not have thought of, and move the process along a little quicker for you.
When you come across kids projects, your projects or gifts that you no longer have a need for but feel guilty getting rid of – Take a picture of it to keep and remind you of that person, project or gift.
Do you collect cards or mementos, same thing as above, but pick your favorites to keep and get rid of the rest. Don’t feel guilty remember – “It’s the relationships that matter, not the objects that represent them.”
Did you know clearing up clutter or the mess can reduce your stress level? A University of California study found that levels of the stress hormone cortisol were higher in mothers who lived in homes they described as “cluttered” or full of “unfinished projects.” Stress contributes to poor sleep, poor eating habits and general poor health. Clutter is visually distracting. Clear the clutter and reduce your stress!
(Have you read our review of the Meori Foldable Storage containers that work anywhere in your home, office or car. They are great portable storage units that hold tons of stuff and fold flat when not in use.)