Let’s get one thing out of the way before we start. Getting organized is good for you. Not only is that what modern psychology says, but some therapists are building counseling sessions around decluttering and organizing the patient’s life.
How to finally get more organized and take control of your life
When it comes to decluttering, your own biggest enemy is yourself. What you need is the power to get organized, turn your life around, and live fully. Don’t worry if you feel overwhelmed. This is completely doable and you and I can do it together! Now let’s talk getting organized. Here’s what you need to know.
1. Make a Plan
People like to say that if you don’t have a plan, nothing can go wrong. The bad news is that nothing can go right either. In order to get your life organized you’re going to need to take a few risks, but it’ll definitely be worth it in the end. So let’s do this right now. Grab a pen and some paper and we’ll go through this together.
First things first, we need to make a list of what’s clutter and what’s not. What do we need to get rid of and what should to stay? In order to figure this out we’ll need to create a test that we can apply to all of our things that will tell us: junk or not junk? Here are some great questions to ask yourself when you’re decluttering: Am I using it? Is this the right place to keep it? Why should I hold on to it? And where can it be best used?
Once you’ve identified your clutter the next step is to figure out what to do with it. It’s a fact that not everyone has the time to clean up every inch of their home or workspace, so prioritize your decluttering projects. Aim for items that have a big impact on how organized you are. For example, unused appliances (old washers and dryers, refrigerators, etc.) are huge space zappers and removing this kind of junk can instantly transform an entire room. Be careful with this stuff, though. It’s often very heavy and sometimes contains chemicals that, if not disposed of correctly, can cause serious environmental damage.
Next up on your priorities list should be items that you can donate. Donating things like old clothes and books can go a long way for others and save you space.
2. Find the Motivation
You can absolutely do this! I know that you’re gonna get organized because it’s good for you!
It’s not exactly news that disorganized people are more stressed out. But hey, don’t get stressed over it. Instead, think about all the money you’ll save once everything’s clean and set right. Decluttering helps you focus on what you really need and goes a long way in preventing redundant purchases. Plus if you find out that you can do without some appliances or keep some rooms in your house for simple storage, you can save a lot on your electric and heating bills.
And don’t even get me started on all the headaches you’ll avoid by decluttering before you move. Speaking from experience, I can definitely say that moving so, so much easier when you already know what you’re taking, where it is, and where it needs to go.
If the fact that you’ll do so much good for yourself isn’t enough to push you to get organized, think about all of the good that you can do by decluttering. By organizing yourself in a responsible way you can donate your unneeded items to those who do need them and help the environment by recycling old junk whenever possible.
3. Don’t Get Organized, Stay Organized
Getting organized is one of those things that, if you don’t keep doing it, you very quickly lose everything that you worked towards. Fortunately, though, it’s much easier to go from being organized to being organized than it is to go from being completely all over the place to focused and centered.
In order to help keep things in order and preserve your efforts there are a few things that you can do. First of all, adopt a new mindset. Any time that you want to get something new that might just turn into another piece of junk, think to yourself: what do I need this for? How much will I use this? What will I do with it if I stop using it?
If you find that you don’t really need an item, that you won’t use it all that much, or that it’ll just sit idly in your home once you’re done with it (as opposed to be donated or handed on to someone else), then that’s usually a bad sign. This means planning your spending around your needs and what you can do for others.
You should also think about innovative ways to store your things. Piling everything in a corner or closet may make your clutter problems go away temporarily, but they’ll soon be back and in greater numbers. Create a system of organization that allows you to get to those things that you use most often while keeping them out of the way when you’re not.
Figure out what can go in storage and find a home for everything else. Papers and such can go in a filing cabinet or plastic bins. Tools and office supplies go great in cubbies or lockers.
Don’t wait! There’s clutter right next to you as you’re reading this, so get started and let me know how you’re organizing!