Updated: Nov 13, 2021
Once we organize a space, how do we keep it from getting cluttered again?
1 Stop buying unnecessary crap and bulk
It's not cheaper if it costs you your peace of mind. It's not a good deal if it's going to add clutter and stress.
When shopping, take an extra moment - think about your future self and ask, "do I really need this? Do I have a place for this? Does this serve the life I want to be living?"
If this sounds overwhelming, doesn't all that stuff add up to be overwhelming later? It's 100% worth it to take those few moments before putting each item in the cart and soon it'll become a habit.
2 Stop just for now-ing
Just for now is like water torture - creating insanity with a slow drip. A few seconds of relief now adds up to hours or days for your future self.
When you internally say, 'I'll do this later' ask yourself, when is later?
Unless you put that later time on your calendar and stick to it, all those laters add up to create torture time searching for things.
If you think, "I'll just put this here for now,' shift to, "I'm going to put this in its home now."
If don't have a home for it, make a time to create a home for it.
If you don't know how to make a home for it, find an organizer who can help you learn.
No more just for now.
3 Do a little bit every day.
Decluttering is not hard. If you think it's hard, it's going to be hard.
If you think brushing your teeth is hard, brushing your teeth will be hard.
Sometimes when we're depressed and feeling overwhelmed, brushing our teeth and going to the grocery store actually is hard. But we do it anyway when we can, right?
Taking time to clear space daily, even if it feels "hard" at the time, is well worth it in the long run.
With practice, decluttering and organizing can be a simple act incorporated into every day life.
This might mean making a couple decisions, tossing things in the trash, spending 10 minutes putting things away, or taking a little time to declutter a small area.
Just a few minutes and a couple decisions each day adds up to hours over the course of a year or many years.
"Inching forward is better than moving backwards!" Corinne Crabtree
4 Decluttering & organizing as self care and an act of love
Decluttering and organizing is like brushing our teeth, taking a shower, eating vegetables...we don't always feel like doing it, but it's good for us in the long run.
And taking care of our Selves is also an act of love for those we deeply care about.
When we don't brush our teeth, we get toothaches and dental bills.
When we don't take a shower, we get stinky.
When we don't eat vegetables, our bodies don't hold up as long and disease finds us more easily.
When we don't take time to declutter and organize regularly, we end up with more stress, overwhelm and anxiety.
When we're stressed, overwhelmed and anxious, this affects our bodies, lives and loved ones.
When we think of clearing space as Self care and great love, then it can become less of a burden and more of an act of love.
5 Manage thoughts about stuff
Super organized people still have stuff coming into their lives. They get gifts they don't want, they inherit heirlooms they don't know what to do with, they outgrow clothes and change their style.
But they know being organized is important to them, so they don't waste time and energy sitting around wishing stuff would get organized or go away, they just do what it takes to make it happen.
To take action for things to go away, it takes THINKING that doing this is more important than checking Facebook, watching Netflix, online shopping and other things.
It's not the stuff that makes us cluttered, it's our thoughts about our stuff, our priorities and our relationship to clutter.
Thoughts cause feelings, so when we think like I should do something about my clutter, but I'm not smart enough to figure it out/don't have enough time/don't know where to start, those thoughts cause feelings that keep us from taking positive action and getting the results we want.
When we change our thought to, I have a lot of clutter and I can figure this out or I have a lot of clutter and I'm going to get help figuring out what steps to take or I want to get organized and it's important enough for me to begin now, that's when action happens.
When we're worried about clutter, or we let it affect our ability to achieve goals and dreams, it's time to change our thoughts and habits - or get help to do so.
If you're unsure how to manage thoughts and feelings in a way that helps you take positive action, reach out to connect with those who can help you.
Learning to pay attention to and manage thoughts opens life in amazing ways!
Have you organized a space and felt clutter creep back in? Have you cleared a space and kept it clear?
I'd love to hear your thoughts and experiences!
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