Conquer the Clutter

Conquer the Clutter

Clutter – too much stuff – can weigh you down and overwhelm you. We might not be hoarders, but if clutter is stealing our peace and joy, then it is time to take action.  Below are some tips that have helped me:   

1.  Don’t tackle an entire room. Instead choose one drawer, cabinet, or counter.

2. Set your timer for 20 minutes. Challenge yourself to see how much you can do in that time.

3. Take the 10-item challenge.  With one drawer, closet, or room, find 10 items to donate or throw away. Repeat.

4. Learn to utilize the little moments. Clean bathrooms, do a load of laundry, or load the dishwasher during commercials.

5. Envision a redecorated space. Get rid of the “old” and clear away the clutter for the new.  Have a garage sale or donate items that no longer fit the vision of your new room.

6. Use it or – lose it. My Great Aunt’s dishes were in the garage for seven years, and in the garages of two previous houses, too. If they really meant something to me, I should use them.  If not, I should give them away. I took them out of the box and now enjoy using my aunt’s beautiful dishes.

“Your home is living space, not storage space.” – Francine Joy If that is not true for you, create a vision of how you want things to be.  It is within your reach if you start small. You can accomplish much with a few focused minutes or hours.  Your joy and peace await…

Paula Shumaker O’Donnell writes “Monday Motivation” for businesses, individuals, and publications such as “Guideposts Magazine,” “Mysterious Ways,” “Angels on Earth,” and “Woman’s World.”
Visit her website at theworldneedsyou.com or email mycoachpaula@aol.com

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