We all have them.
A drawer. A cabinet. A closet.
An entire room.
And some of us have more of these spaces than others . . .
We pretend they don't exist because every time we look inside, our eyes blur and our heart rate increases.
There's just . . . so . . . much . . . clutter!
Unfortunately, I'm an expert declutterer. I say unfortunately because my expertise has been gained through the sheer volume of decluttering projects I've tackled over the years. As a former Clutter Magnet who attracted random (and often useless) treasures from garage sales, well-meaning relatives, and general life freebies . . . I found myself drowning in clutter and desperate to breathe.
Thankfully, I've purged the vast majority of it at this point. However, I've accepted that with my personality, I'll always have recurring Disaster Areas in my home. Over the years, I have developed some tactics to keep myself from feeling overwhelmed. They help me fight back the temptation to shut the door or close the drawer and continue my life of denial.
Ignore the needlework, pull up a trash can. Focus only on getting the trash out of the way before you look at the things that require real decisions. Once the trash is gone, you'll see improvement. Visible improvement will inspire you to keep going.
After that, remove items that you immediately know are supposed to be somewhere else in the house. If there are socks in the kitchen drawer, take them immediately to the bedroom.
What? You can't imagine finding socks in the kitchen drawer? Wish I could say that . . .
At this point, the trash and obviously misplaced items are out of the way, and you should feel a teensy glimmer of hope. Before you started, it was one huge mass of clutter and your overwhelmed brain assumed that each and every item in that mass of clutter was going to require a difficult decision. Now, the mass has shrunk by half without experiencing any of the agony you thought you would.
Decluttering is rarely easy. Realizing that part of the heartache is an emotional reaction to the sheer volume of piled-up-stuff can help you methodically work through the clutter without losing your mind.
Do the easy stuff first, and you'll be amazed at how much easier the hard stuff will be.
What are your clutter problem areas?
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