Live an Organized Clutter-Free, Less Stress Year
Children (and parents) have different levels of tolerance for cluttered surroundings – some of us perform well, while others are distracted and irritated when things are in disarray. If clutter is interfering with family functioning, we need to develop ways to contain or eliminate it. This can be done by creating decision rules and timelines for sorting and clearing duplicate or unused items and to limit purchasing of new things. Here are some helpful tips to get you started living an organized, clutter-free, less stress filled New Year.
Marie Kondo, author of the book, “The life-changing magic of tidying up”, suggests you ask the question, as you hold each item, “Does it spark joy?” If it does, keep it. If not dispose of it.
Go through everything and decide what is being kept, thrown out or donated to charity. Be firm with older children who want to keep all of their stuffed animals from when they were five. Keep a few for memories but the rest need to exit the home. If your children or spouse witness you removing your stuff, it will be a bit easier for them to remove their things.
Stick to the rule
“if you don’t use it, you don’t need it.” Although this is easy to preach, it is much harder to practice. It can be very difficult to let go of the comforts that we have gathered through the years. For instance, your great grandmother’s small chest of drawers that has been sitting in the basement for years and does not go with the decor of your home, use it for storage of holiday decorations, blankets, tools, etc. – use it for something!
Take inventory of items and determine what is the best storage – for example, clear labeled bins are fantastic for memorabilia. Also, utilize the walls for hooks that can hang up tools that are scattered in the garage. It is so much easier to find the hammer, screwdriver or pliers if they are hung on the wall. I am also a big fan of repurposing items you already have on hand to use as storage containers. Still have plastic Halloween candy buckets? Use them to hold rags, car cleaner products, or sponges.
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