Most people are fearful about change. When we make change, we are not exactly sure what the outcome will be or what specifically will happen. This can be an uncomfortable feeling.
The more you eliminate fear, the easier it is to make change. The easier it is to make change, the easier it will be to let go of your excess clutter.
If you feel stuck in any area of your life, you should begin to sort through and get rid of some of your possessions. The actual process of physically letting go of objects from your life creates a release of some of your old habits. You begin to realize that making premeditated change can be liberating and even exciting. It feels good to create more space in areas that were once crowded and stagnant. It is amazingly simple and surprisingly effective.
Try it. I guarantee you will feel better when you add more space to your life!
1. Keep all clothing and shoes off the floor
2. Keep the floor clear easy to clean
3. If you don’t have built in shoe cubbies and you have extra pole space, use hanging bags for shoes
4. If you need more drawer storage and you have the extra pole space, use hanging shelves for jeans, sweats and other bulky items
5. Use space bags or plastic bins on the top shelf for off-season clothes
6. Remove lids from hampers so clothes actually go into the hamper instead of getting stacked on top
7. Separate and organize clothing items by the way you determine what to wear in the morning. Variations include dividing by color, occasion or warmth.
The best way to begin reinventing yourself after a layoff is to begin removing the physical clutter that has accumulated in your life. I am talking literally about the stuff that has piled up in and around your home.
As you clear your clutter, set your intention to get clarity about what you love to do and what type of work will make your heart sing.
As you create more open space within your home and begin donating your excess, you will begin to see more clearly how much good you already have in your life. With that will come an awakening about what career will resonate with your life purpose.
It might sound strange but please try it. Worse case scenario, you will be less cluttered but since I have witnessed big results with hundreds of clients, I would wager that your reinvention will happen with more ease and joy!
The more space you have within your life, the easier it is to shift away from the old and begin anew!
The best way to de-clutter your home is to get rid of things and to spend some time organizing. Self storage is definitely not the best the solution for clutter. However, it is an excellent temporary solution in a few different situations. Here are a few of the situations that might cause you to turn to self storage:
You may find out that you have to leave where you currently live and move across the country for a few months or a few years for a job. In this type of relocation situation, you may want to leave some of your things behind because you know you’ll be moving back. In cases like this, there’s probably no need to move everything you own with you, and you may want to store your things in a self storage unit to keep them safe until you get back.
If you’re moving to another city and do not think that you’ll be returning to your current city any time in the near future, it may be a good idea to just bring your things with you. Moving with a lot of stuff is definitely more difficult. You can always get rid of some things to downsize your move.
2. Sentimental Attachment
If you’ve just inherited your great-grandma’s 18th century furniture, you may not have enough room for it in your home. However, since it belonged to your grandma and was special to her, you may want to keep it. In this case, you could consider turning to self storage to temporarily store your inherited items until you move to a larger home or make room for them in your current home.
There may be other instances when you have a sentimental attachment to something and are not ready to fully part with it. Self storage can be a solution in just about any situation that involves things that hold emotional value. Just remember that it’s better for self storage to only be a temporary solution, especially because of the long-terms costs associated with it.
These are the two most common situations that cause people to turn to self storage. Other situations like new people moving into a home and the need for someplace to store a boat or RV because of Homeowner’s Association restrictions are also common. Self storage can be very useful, but it’s wise not to use it as a crutch for simply owning too much stuff!
About the Author: Jessica Johnson works in the self storage industry, regularly traveling to see locations like a self storage facility in Kailua-Kona. In many locations, like a Shawnee self storage facility, Jessica Johnson helps her customers store seasonal sports gear when it is not being used for outdoor activities or equipment for home improvement projects that are waiting to happen.
I came across this idea on Pinterest and love it! I thought I had seen every possible shoe organizing solution until this ‘do it yourself’ idea. I think I might try it in a few of my client’s closets!
This is what the pinner said about her solution: I am in the midst of reorganizing our master closet and am drowning in shoes. I have a few shoe organizers but none that are working well for me. I came across this ingenious idea for organizing your high heels using decorative crown molding!
Here’s a challenge that I am certain many of you face: What to do with notes taken during meetings.
You might feel like they should be transcribed, but never find the time. Or perhaps the papers need to be filed, but you don’t’ really want more paper and are not sure how you’d find it later.
Here’s a possible solution:
You can label it with whatever makes sense to you if you are using it for more than one venue. ONLY take notes in that notebook.
PS make sure it is perfect bound so loose pieces of paper wont end up floating around your office.
I hope this helps!
Last Sunday I spent a bit of time purging and organizing my linen closet. I found out that what I teach is often what I most need to learn!
Part of the reason we do not let go is indecision. We cannot decide what to keep and what to let go of. This was part of my muck as I began to sort my linens. In fact, this is what has kept me from doing this task for the past 6 months. The tags on the sheets fade and/or the size is never clearly marked.
Because I couldn’t read the tags, I was not sure what size sheets I owned. This made it all but impossible to determine how many of each size sheet I had in my closet.
I feel that every bed should only have two sets of sheets, one for ‘in use’ and the other waiting… Most of us, including myself, before this weekend, has way too many sheets! We buy them and then neglect to get rid of the old sets. After all, they might come in handy as drop cloths or whatever excuse we make up in our mind for needing to kep them on hand.
So, in order to help make the decision about which sheets to get rid of, I decided to measure them. This definitely tis a 2 person job and I am so thankful that I had someone on hand to help!
Before we began this process we found a great website that gave us measurements for each type of sheet. After that, we measured and sorted into piles – full, queen, king: flat, fitted, duvet etc.
Once I knew how many sheets of each size I owned, it was really easy to get rid of my excess. Yippee!
Here is the bedding size chart that I found online at PureEgyptianCotton.com
Remember, you only need two sets of sheets per bed. You can keep three sets at the most per bed and only if you have an extra seasonal set: flannels, silks etc…
Having a cluttered home makes it very difficult to find what you are looking for. Living in clutter can also cause stress and other health problems. It is not uncommon for individuals to purchase furniture to help them get organized. For example, a bedroom vanity can help someone who wants to organize his or her bedroom, and it can enhance the décor of the bedroom as well.
Purchasing furniture to keep your rooms organized is a good idea; however, individuals who have excessive items in their homes tend to clutter up the shelves and top surfaces of their furniture as well as the floor space around it. This diminishes the look of the furniture, ruins the décor of the room, and causes the home to look unkempt and be unsanitary.
Many individuals have a strong desire to collect things. When buying collectibles, people do not think about the day they will have to part with these items. In fact, most people have difficulties parting with material items, particularly those with sentimental value. The inability to get rid of things that are no longer being used is the primary reason for clutter in many homes around the world.
When people fail to throw away items that are no longer in use, they tend to store them in areas of the home where there is extra space. Extra bedrooms, basements, attics, and closets are just some of the areas where people store clutter. Once these spaces fill up, individuals generally begin storing items in visible areas, including living rooms, dens, porches, and backyards. Some individuals may even purchase extra furniture for the sole purpose of stuffing them with things.
When individuals continuously purchase new items and never get rid of old items, clutter starts to build, and it builds quickly. Excessive clutter in the home often causes anxiety, and ongoing stress. Disorganization is a major cause of stress, according to many experts. The time and effort that it takes to look for items that are not easily findable can cause your heart rate to increase and making you feel flustered. According to a study performed at Yale, individuals who hoard items (or live in cluttered environments )have much higher risks of depression and can develop attention deficit disorder during adulthood.
Pests and bugs tend to gravitate towards clutter as well. Mice, rats, cockroaches, silverfish, spiders, and ants hide in cluttered areas to escape from predators. They often build nests and reproduce in these cluttered areas. Individuals exposed to their excrement can develop allergies, rashes, and unknown illnesses. The excrement created by small pests is often microscopic, making it impossible to see. Many individuals who knowingly live with these pests set traps and spray insecticides, which can lead to respiratory issues. The best way to deal with this problem is to clear the cluttered area completely to get rid of the bugs and pests.
Staying organized and periodically getting rid of excess items is the best way to keep a home free of clutter. Keeping a clutter-free home is a surefire way to ensure that your home is a beautiful and healthy environment to live in.
Miguel is an avid blogger, father of 2, and recent proud homeowner. He loves studying architecture, home design and decor and plans to one day buy a custom house plan to build his dream home.
It’s easy for a bedroom to become disorganized. As one of the most lived-in rooms in the house, it is a natural magnet for all types of paper, books, toys, and knick-knacks. Since your bedroom is where you sleep, it’s important you keep it as neat as possible to encourage relaxation at night.
Arrange the Clothing in Your Closet
Reorganize Your Drawers
Take Advantage of the Space Under Your Bed
Put Things in the Right Room
Get a Covered Desk
Use a Shoe Tree
Put Personal Care Items on a Vanity
Clear Your Nightstand
Miguel Salcido is an avid blogger, father of 2, and recent proud homeowner. He loves studying architecture and home design and decor and plans to one day buy a custom house plan to build his dream home.