Clutter is distracting and a hindrance to your happiness and success in life. Research has shown that clutter actually affects your brain and your ability to focus and even process information. Neuroscientists at Princeton University discovered that clutter competes for your attention, which increases stress and decreases performance.
When your remove clutter and get organized, you can create more time in your day, find things easily, see what you need to do, gain energy, and even boost your self-confidence. And, it is really easy to do. It just requires some initial effort on your part.
So, I’m not going to make it difficult. I’m going to share with you exactly what worked for me. Decluttering your home and getting organized is essentially a two-step process.
Step 1: Recognize That Everything Has A Place
First, developing the mindset that everything has a place will help you avoid leaving things around the house or office and creating a cluttered mess. If you truly believe that everything has a place, you will put things back where they belong when you are done with them and easily work on keeping things organized.
This doesn’t mean you have to become compulsive. It just means you have to appreciate the power of organization and then buy or use the right tools to make organization easier.
For example, many of us leave our mail, flyers, and other papers lying around in the kitchen. We feel there is an importance to look at those things, but until we do we just leave it in a mess on a countertop. This is where a desktop organizer comes in handy. Having a paper organizer allows you to put papers in slots according to categories, such as bills, notes, flyers, coupons, and mail, and helps you remove the clutter and stay organized. As a bonus, having your papers organized will make them seem less stressful and allow you to tackle them quicker.
You don’t have to buy expensive organizational tools. You can find cheap items for sale at the dollar store or at discount stores. You can find all kinds of unique boxes and organizational tools to help you keep everything in its place in your bedroom, living room, kitchen, front entrance, spare room, office, car, and anywhere else you spend your time.
So as your biggest step to end clutter and get organized, take a look around your home, find what needs a place, group things together if you can, and buy something that will help you get those things organized. If you find it overwhelming, start in one room and work your way around the house. It may take a week or two, but the effort will be worth it.
Step 2: Get Rid Of Stuff That Doesn’t Have A Place
As you are going around your home trying to figure out where things should go permanently, you may find that you are just keeping something for the sake of keeping it, but you don’t really have a place to put it. At that point, it may be time to get rid of it. Papers you don’t need, clothes that you won’t wear, old spices or food that you won’t use, old dishes or Tupperware that you don’t use, shoes that have outlived their lifespan, and old cell phones or other dead technology is all stuff that can be removed from the home.
If you can donate it, great. But if not, figure out where you need to take it – garbage, eco-center, back to your relatives house, and then start getting rid of it piece by piece. You will be amazed at how getting rid of stuff you don’t need or use anymore will declutter your home and help you get organized and inspire you to stay organized.