The final words on clutter. We finish with more tips and parting words of encouragement. If this isn’t enough, hire an expert. It will be worth it if you’re buried that deep. Less chaos, I promise. If you missed part 2, here is the link.
From The Happiness Project.com, Gretchen Rubin asks if you you find yourself repeating these phrases to justify keeping items you don’t use or don’t even particularly like. (Hint, yes responses indicate a high toss-ability factor.)
- I might need this someday.
- It’s so useful.
- I’ll eventually find a way to use it.
- I can’t throw it away but I don’t know how to get it to someone who would want it.
- It was a gift so I need to keep it out of respect.
- This will be a collector’s item someday. (Generally, not likely.)
- I never had this as a child so I want it as an adult.
- The more stuff I have the more I can pass on to my family.
- Going through stuff stirs up emotions and I can’t handle it right now.
- I don’t have the time or energy to sort and figure out what to keep.
- I’ve had this for so long I can’t give it up.
- I forgot I even had this.
Vanessa hayes from getsimplified.com uses these:
- Have a plan and pace yourself. Take everything out of the space you want to organize and start with a blank slate. How do you want the space to feel, function and look and organize accordingly.
- Get rid of items you don’t want. You either want it or you don’t.
- Categorize similar items like sunglasses, keys and mail, etc., and always put them in a designated spot.
- Watch for freebies. A mug, t-shirt, hand-me-down’s, magnets, etc. If you don’t need it or don’t love it, don’t take it.
- And, one of my personal golden rules. Always put things back from where you took them. That tip alone is worthy of the happy dance.