24 Jan What NOT to do When Decluttering.

Winter is always a great time to take on indoor chores and one of the most popular is trying to minimize and declutter your space. Here are a few of the common missteps to avoid and make the process way less painful and maybe even enjoyable!

Organize First; Buy Second

Do not go out and buy a ton of storage pieces and supplies before you sort through your home. All of those pretty bins, boxes and baskets are very enticing but they won’t do you any good unless they fit the space, hold what you need them to hold and function properly for the space.

Don’t Bite Off More Than You Can Chew

Do not set aside an entire day to organize your whole house. Very few people have the energy and/or focus to spend 8 hours organizing. You’ll likely become frustrated and less efficient as the day progresses. It’s much better to spend a few hours on one project or space. This way you’ll feel motivated to do more, not be burned out by the process.

Complete Each Task — Completely

Of course you will need to sort things into categories (e.g., toss, recycle, donate, give to friend, put in deep storage). Here’s the crucial part, once you have decided where something is going to go — take it there. Never keep bags for charity or boxes for friends in your home to deliver later. Do it now. Finish the process. Take the bags and boxes out to the trash or recycling immediately.

Rome Wasn’t Built In A Day

Do not think that once you’ve organized your space, that you are done. You’ll feel like a failure when you clean it up again in a month. Realize that while you have created a new, efficient, and logical system for processing and managing incoming and outgoing items, you are not done. There is no autopilot. You should expect regular upkeep, but just be glad that the new system is far more efficient than the old one.

Good Enough is Enough

Very few people have closets and drawers that resemble those in catalogues. They look great and work properly but it is space that is used by an actual human being. You will ultimately be disappointed if perfection is your goal. The goal is to set up a space that works well for your needs. That is success.

 

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