So often I hear clients say they would do just about
anything to stop the harassing effects of their clutter.
After countless attempts trying to purge and being
defeated, some people associate their lost battles with a
feeling of being assaulted. All they know at this point is
they want the chaos of the clutter to stop.
Introducing a list of questions at this point helps put
things into perspective about not only their current
circumstances but also about how the clutter came to be and
what is needed to make it go away.
It’s more appealing to look at de-cluttering as a fun and
enlightening concept rather than another grueling task. The
goal is to de-clutter in a fashion that feels comfortable
If your clutter is having an emotional impact on you, begin
by asking yourself the following questions. Allow yourself
the luxury of taking the necessary time to answer
completely and honestly, you may be surprised what your
What has prevented me from de-cluttering in the past?
– A plan
What do I find is the hardest thing about de-cluttering?
– I don’t trust myself
– Insecure with my decisions
– I double-check myself
– I remember what I like
– Fear of letting go
– Afraid I can’t get it back
– I may need it
– Don’t want to deal with it
What would make it easier for me to de-clutter?
– To know it’s OK to let it go
– The idea that I can find it again
– Someone to help me
– A reward system
– A plan I can follow
– Thoughts of being clutter free
How much time am I willing to commit to de-cluttering?
– One day
– One week
– One month
– Six months
– One year
– However long it takes
What does de-cluttering represent to me?
After reviewing the answers to the questions above, you can
easily begin to see what you need to put into action in
order to begin taking action toward living an organized
life. The easiest way to begin making organization part of
your routine is to begin incorporating changes slowly.
Create small wins for yourself so you can easily feel a
sense of accomplishment and treat yourself to celebrate
your win. This will begin creating a positive behavior
pattern. In time, organization will become a part of your
life, not something that overwhelms you.
About the Author:
Patricia Diesel, The Organizing Expert, is author of A
Simple Guide to an Organized life and CEO of Keep It Simple
Now. Patricia provides professional organizing and life
coaching to individuals, entrepreneurs, and corporate
arenas. Accomplishments, services, merchandise, and
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