Lately, there’s been a lot of talk about decluttering, mostly because we were all stuck in our houses and couldn’t escape the chaos of our disorganization. I was one of those that had to tackle the monster my clutter had become and found the process of organizing oddly rewarding. Here are some things I’ve been learning along the way:
1.Take it by sections
Don’t try to solve the mess in a day, odds are it took a long time to get messy so don’t think you will magically solve it in a day. Something that has helped me is grouping items by sections, that way you can tackle the project by phases instead of having it all laid out. Laying everything out can make I go by faster but it will probably overwhelm you and you will either declutter more than you should or just abandon the project altogether because it was too much to handle.
2. Pick what bothers you first
What mess is affecting your producibility more? Tackle that first. In my case, my living room was the messiest, and every time I sat there or even walked past it I felt my stress levels increase dramatically. Once I dealt with that I felt motivated to continue decluttering the mess that I had in other areas.
3. Lead by example
Sometimes you want people around you to get their act together. You have more chance to inspire them to declutter if they see you do it.
4. Don’t think you have to have everything figured out from you first section
Sometimes we believe that decluttering is a one-time thing. It isn’t. As your life changes, your needs changes and so, things that you needed are not necessary anymore. You will also notice if the way you organized things when you decluttered is working for you or if you need a new organization system.
5. Stop with the negative self-talk
You are not messy, you have a mess. When we stop associating. a behavior with a personality trait, it helps to change the behavior. If you say you are messy, then you will feel that there is no point to declutter because since its part of your personality, the situation will never change. Work with the patterns in your brain, keep the positive talk and work through the situation.
Hope this helps you in your journey of decluttering.