Clutter -“a collection of things lying about in an untidy mass.” (via Google)
Let’s face it: We all have a little bit of clutter lingering around somewhere. It’s just a fact of life. Things pile up and it can be oh so challenging to stay on top of it all. So whether you have a little or a lot of clutter that needs to be subdued, you can think of me as your “Clutter Doctor.”
I’m here to give you a prescription that will help to improve your clutter ailments! I want to help you protect your health and home from the stress that clutter can bring. My do’s and don’ts will help get you started and provide you with tools to keep de-cluttering as a long-term healthy habit.
(I’m starting with the “Don’ts. Just to make sure that you get started on the right track.)
Don’t be unrealistic. It doesn’t matter what I say or how excellent your organizational skills are, organizing takes time, energy and effort. To be successful in organizing it really helps to use the “snowball” approach. This means that you start with the smaller, more manageable task. Then roll into the next bigger project. You cannot organize everything in a single morning or even a weekend. Spread out the work and be realistic. Once you get momentum your motivation will kick in! Try scheduling your organizing time into your routine and use timers to help keep you on track.
Don’t approach clutter when you are tired, overwhelmed, emotional, or distracted. When you decide to address a problem clutter area, you need to have the best set up for success. Block out a quantity of time that will be adequate and make sure that you are able to give a quality effort during the entire timeframe.
Don’t do it alone. Find someone else to help you when you attempt to focus on de-cluttering. Choose a friend or family member who will help you to remain objective and will hold you accountable. Someone who will tell you that your outfit doesn’t match or that you have food in your teeth is probably a good person to start with! For example, you need someone who will be direct with you and tell you that you really need to let go of your 25 tee shirts from High School that are stained and worn out.
Do take action and be proactive. Choose an area to focus on first. Then set up a system where you will put the items that you are not going to hold on to or that need to be moved elsewhere. Grab three bins or bags and set them up according to categories. Such as…
3-Return (to another place in your home or to another person)
Do ask the tough questions. You should only surround yourself with stuff that you love and use. Anything else is clutter and needs to find a new home. Here are three important questions to ask when you are focused on de-cluttering:
1-Have I used this in the past 12 months?
2-Do I love this item?
3-Is it worth the space it takes up in my home?
Do set goals and limits with what you purchase and own. When you complete an area of your home and it is officially de-cluttered. Stop and ask yourself, “How can I keep and maintain the space like this?” “What will I need to do to keep the clutter at bay?” Simple goals like “one in one out” will help to keep the accumulation of things in better balance.
Doctor’s Orders: Make a goal, find a buddy, set a timer and get to work on that de-cluttering! (I promise you’ll feel better in no time.)
Remember, it’s all about progress. Not perfection.
Where are you going to start? What is one small “clutter” area you can tackle first?
Morgan is a momma on a mission to share some tried and true techniques that she hopes will encourage you as you focus on your health and home. She wants to motivate you to be the very best you can be, by sharing about anything from workout ideas, to organizing closets, to squeezing in quiet times. Join her on her journey at, Morganize with Me, as she attempts to control the chaos!