So often we are given “three easy steps,” or told “all you have to do is…” But if you, like me, are not born organized, the process really starts with an internal shift.
One participant summed it up like this: “I also am working hard to pretend that I’m organized and keep my kitchen clutter free. [It occurred] to me – that it really is work – more mental than physical – it is a commitment to clutter free living…I realize now that you are talking about a change in mindset. I plan to keep practicing because I do like the declutter, the feeling of accomplishment, the lack of concern that someone may stop in and see my house, and the sense of peace when I can find something easily. Actually I’m looking forward to a bigger sense of peace as things get clutter free.”
When she mentions that she is “working hard to pretend that I’m organized” she is referring to a technique I recommend, which is to act as though your systems are already in place. That means, from this day forward, instead of throwing your clothes across the back of a chair at night, you hang them up or put them in the clothes hamper. Rather than piling the mail on the dining room table, you take it to the office (or wherever you prefer to handle the mail) and sort it there. Yes, you will still have the previous clutter to deal with, but with this method, you are not adding to it. Productivity expert Barbara Hemphill calls this principle, “Today’s mail is tomorrow’s pile.”
While there are innumerable books and websites about decluttering, the bottom line is that it takes time and effort. That’s the “dirty little secret.” It can be frustrating because the process seems so slow at first. But that changes once decluttering and organizing becomes a habit.
Do you have a sense of peace and a feeling of accomplishment where you live? Please share your comments below!
Brenda Spandrio, The Declutter Lady