Eliminate what you no longer need. Whether it’s in your closet or in a disorganized room of the house - go in armed with 3 boxes. One for items you want to keep, one for the items you will store away and another for items you will toss or donate. Pick up the first item closest to you and start making decisions right away to keep it let it go. As you move through the pile, you will find it will get much easier. Great organization is actually achievable by anyone just by being consistent.
If you find yourself struggling to let go of or deal with emotional items then enlist the assistance of a friend or even a professional organizer to help you work through these items. Having another person with you will help you to be more objective when making decisions on difficult items and it can help reduce any emotional struggles. A custom closet designer or professional organizer can make things happen for you, that you may only dream possible.
How do you eat an elephant? The answer - one bite at a time! To avoid further overwhelm don’t feel that you have to conquer it all at once. If you set yourself achievable goals even if it’s only 15-20 minutes a day to work through and organize your closets and your home, not only will you find it easier to get started but within 30 days the change will be significant. If you are happy to keep going longer than 20 minutes, then go with it. Be firm but fair on yourself. If you need, allow yourself the opportunity to stop and say, “I’ve done enough today, I will come back to it tomorrow and continue”. But be sure you stick to your agreement with yourself and continue with it the next day.
It is important to deal with everything immediately once the sorting process has been completed. Once you have finished each room or closet, tape up the box you allocated for storage and find somewhere appropriate to store it. Then take the box for ‘toss or donate’ out to the car so you can drop it off on route the next time you leave, and so it is not left sitting there becoming clutter itself. As for the ‘keep’ items, you can now work to find the best place for them to be kept. Everything needs to have its own designated place. Be sure to organize items with other like-items so they are kept together. Resist the urge to keep duplicate items in multiple places and work hard to keep any undecided items to a minimum.
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