When I first began to “declutter” I would run from room to room, creating a pile that just needed to go somewhere else. But then I would run out of steam, become frustrated, and quit. I didn’t really even know where I was going with my clutter, I just stuck it into a drawer or basket so it was out of site.
But then… I came across a You Tube video where a person was talking about organizing. The more I watched, the more I became obsessed. And the light bulb went on in my mind. I realized I was going about it all the wrong way. I then slowed my process down. Which leads me to my #1 rule. Create a place for everything.
By this I mean, designating an area for all like Items helps calm down the clutter. Such as all coats in the same closet, or all shoes by the back door ect. When there are too many places for everything to go, we get all jammed up. I find that by labeling baskets and drawers also helps my family to put things back as well.
Have you ever not been able to find that one missing item, and spent hours looking for it? Well, there’s a solution. By designating an area, such as a drawer, basket, shelf or closet, it will reduce the amount of time you spend looking. Because you will know exactly where it should be. When I started this process, I first had to get rid of the things I no longer needed. And THIS was the hardest part. Where do I start? was the fist this that came to my mind. But I continued to read up on this problem, and kept watching those you tube videos, and learned that the best thing to do is to start with just one room. And if the room seems much to big, then, one drawer, one shelf, one basket at a time. Your mess didn’t happen over night and neither will the clean up.
Once you have tackled that,( and don’t think it needs to be perfect.) Then you will be able to move forward. By moving forward slowly you begin to see just how you would like it to look. And doing it a little at a time makes it so much easier. And this brings me to my rule. CREATE A SPACE FOR EVERYTHING.