Conquer the Clutter Monster
There's always a reason that things get out of control. Have you always had trouble decluttering and organizing your home? Is it just situational disorganization due to a life transition such as a move, divorce, loss of loved one, or empty nesting? Is it physical limitations preventing you from getting rid of clutter? Maybe you just have a hard time letting things go? If you can determine what triggers keep you from your organizational goals then it will be much easier to overcome the problem.
Consider all of the things that hold you back when you're trying to get organized. Just like changing eating habits to lose weight, organization takes time and mental energy. Eating a large bowl of ice cream every night is delicious but to stay trim you need to make a mental shift and head to the gym instead. Instead of throwing everything on the floor take a minute to put it away. You have to address a bad habit head-on to overcome it. After all, organization or disorganization is just a series of good or bad habits.
There's no magic pill to instantly lose weight or to conquer the clutter. Sorry to be the bearer of bad news. Just like losing weight it will take good old fashioned blood, sweat and tears. Living an organized life requires an intentional shift in how you think and how you spend your time. It takes hard work and dedication. But just like eating right and exercise, once you start to see the results it's easier to stick with it.
At this point I'm sure you're ready to stop reading. Why am I so blunt about all this? I'm a firm believer in tough love. I spell out the truth, decluttering is up to you. Whether or not you are ready to embrace it is up to you as well. If you hear what I'm saying, then you're ready to tackle your organizational needs now! Stop and take the time to answer these questions. Which reason are you disorganized: always have been, situational, physical limitations, or emotional? Is it one or a combination?
Taking the time to be honest with yourself is not easy. Admitting that what you are doing wrong is a hard pill to swallow. Addressing and acknowledging the problem is the first obstacle. Once this has been tackled, you're ready to work on it. Good for you! By figuring out what causes you to do things it's easier to figure out how to change. Once you see the problem and address the issue you will be ready to tackle your clutter monster. Good Luck!
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