It is our activities and adventures that we remember and make us feel good, not our possessions. Our belongings create chores and responsibilities. The more we have, the more we have to take care of. I know from working with clients that suffer from too much clutter that physical clutter also creates mental clutter. Think of it this way; it is hard to tackle a big project when your workspace is already full of stuff. The same applies; it is hard to be creative, happy or calm when your head is full of stuff!
Bottom line to create a space that is comfortable, warm and welcoming you need to have only those items that you love and use. The rest is clutter! That means the well meaning, tacky gifts that you have received and the inherited picture that you have moved a hundred times because you just don’t like it. You have permission to let those items go to a good home that will love them! Take advantage of donating, selling, and even discarding. Sometimes you have to use the path of least resistance to make the process easier for you.
Once you have those things you love and use, you need to give them a specific “home”. That makes maintaining easy. You don’t have to make a decision every time you put something away. You know where it belongs! Decisions are hard, so make them once and you’re done! It also saves you time and money when you know what you have and where it is! The average person spends an hour a day looking for misplaced items. When you can’t find it or give up looking, you spend time and money purchasing a new one. Once you are organized, take comfort in the fact if you have a crazy, busy week and don’t have time to maintain. Once life calms down, it is easy and quick to whip back in shape!
Don’t wait for the perfect time to start. Start today with scheduling short, consistent timeframes. A timer can be your friend! If you are working for sixty minutes, set the timer for forty five. Those last few minutes at the end of each session is the time to deal with all of the displaced items. Make sure to stop at the end of the session so you look forward to your next time.
Now, be happy in your comfortable, warm and welcoming space and enjoy the process!