Home Organizing: Live Within Your Space

Somewhere along the way, we have all heard the sage advice to, “Live within your means.”  Take that one step further and learn to live within your space.

Houses can become too small when family dynamics change or an improved financial situation warrants the luxury of bigger and better. In fact, there can be many good reasons to move or put an addition on an existing  home.

However, there is one very good reason to stay right where you are. Many think that their home is too modest because they feel too cramped inside of it. The reality is that they have too much stuff and do not know how to manage it. Rather than deal with the underlying problem, they blame the house.

The solution lies within you. Until the clutter issue is addressed, no space will ever be large enough. The clutter will just prosper, spread and complicate matters going forward.

Before making a life-changing and rather expensive decision, clean out all of the things that make each day more challenging. The right choice will be clearer and the solution may be sitting right in your own backyard.

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Emotional Clutter: Letting go of the Sentimental Journey

When a person believes that everything in their home is important and absolutely necessary, it usually suggests a problem. In reality, nothing is important except the fear of letting go.

Real treasures lose their value when they get buried and forgotten. Neglect and the ravages of time eventually put the final nail in the coffin. If something is not worth caring for and honoring in some way, then it makes little sense to keep it. In the end, remorse comes too late and all that remains is clutter.

The underlying purpose of holding on to sentimental things is for the memories. Too much stuff translates into too few memories. It will drown you while trying to wade through it all on a daily basis.

Choose to cherish the most important ones. It does not mean that the rest will be forgotten. Dwelling on the past can be fine in moderation but when it interferes with living in the present, change needs to happen. A healthy balance reaps its own rewards.

Jump off the runaway train. A little perspective could lead to more time and energy for today. An occasional trip down memory lane can certainly be worthwhile but so can a less stressful journey ahead as well.

 

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The Clutter-Free Diet Challenge

Organizing and maintaining a home is comparable to going on a diet. If successful, a lot of excess weight will be lifted off of your shoulders and just maybe, a little bit off of you hips as well.

Clutter rears its ugly head on a daily basis in the form of guilt and shame. It not only drains us of our energy and focus, but in general, we feel bad about ourselves.

By taking back control of your house and your life, a new day will dawn with a whole new you. A brighter attitude can yield to more time for productive and enjoyable activities and less time for more questionable ones wrought out of guilt.

When we feel better about ourselves, good things happen. Increased energy, improved self-esteem and a healthier outlook open up new possibilities. With one tiny step, the ball starts rolling and positive effects take root.

Take the challenge. Shed the clutter and lose the weight. In the end, the gains that you realize will put you on top of your game… and the world.

 

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Follow the Path to an Organized Home

If you are like most people, the first and biggest stumbling block to overcome is where to start when organizing a home. The options seem endless.

Storage areas of any kind usually make the most sense to begin the project. Choosing big or small spaces depends on you and what you want to accomplish first. This eventually allows for an easier course down the line.

Everything in your house requires a designated home. Things get haphazardly thrown around when they do not have a place to call their own. It takes too much time, energy and brainpower to manage on a daily basis without it.

Focus on one problematic area at a time. For instance, the dining room table is often a popular dumping ground for all ages and for all things. Toss what you can and begin to work on the rest. The remaining items will lead you to the next step. If coats lying around, for example, take you to the hall closet then clear it out entirely before trying to put anything more in it. This will make way for other belongings as you go through the process.

Once completed, return you focus to the table and begin again. Before too long, progress will be noticeable and the effects will snowball as more and more space becomes available. The key is getting rid of the clutter before compounding the issue with more clutter. After all, lack of space started the ball rolling and caused the trouble in the first place.

Tiny steps can make a big impact. By following the path,  you may just find yourself on the road to recovery with a little more peace of mind as your reward.

Home Organizing: The Bathroom Dilemma

The bathroom holds the honor of being one of the most important and busiest rooms in the house… and yet it tends to be the smallest. It is all the more reason to streamline and make it as efficient as possible.

Search and high and low for places that can be utilized for additional storage. It helps to think vertically and start the creative juices flowing. Shelves and cabinets in strategic places not only have practical uses but they can add character to a room as well. The same can be said about decorative touches such as bins, jars and baskets.

Our love of lotions and potions is virtually limitless. However, they can accumulate over the years to the point of insanity. Sort through and weed out the ones that have not been used in ages, and be honest, will most likely never be used in the future. Going forward, by knowing what you have and keeping a rein on the allure of overindulging, the results will be satisfying and long-lasting.

Work within the space and aim to designate just the essentials to the actual bathroom. Items such as extra towels and supplies might work better in a nearby area which is still convenient but less intrusive. Finding the balance is the key to success.

With a little ingenuity, any bathroom can work more efficiently. By making the effort, you will be showered again and again with rewarding benefits on a daily basis… and the bathroom dilemma can finally be put to rest.

 

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Home Organizing: Do the Math

Look around your surroundings and do some simple math: 1 + 1  = Too Much. Clutter will multiply and grow when the underlying causes for it go unchecked. While the list of reasons may be endless, the solutions are pretty finite.

Start with the basic premise that everything in your home needs a home. It is important to keep this in mind as you begin to clear out the clutter. Things of use and those that hold high personal value should be kept. However, this can prove to be a slippery slope in your decision-making process.

For example, one can argue that an old toaster has value in case the new one breaks. However, it will take up twice the room and the chances of it ever being dragged out of a dusty basement are slim to none. This same principle applies to clothes, books and virtually every other item in the house. The space saved will continue to multiply as the process continues.

When placing a value on personal items, sentimentality plays a major role. If everything is considered to be important, then in reality, nothing is important. We end up burying our treasures so choose wisely.

Clutter places a burden on our time, space and money. In order to win the battle, we must divide and conquer our fears. In the end, it will all add up to a calmer and less chaotic lifestyle.

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Clutter Wars – It Is Mind Over Matter, Literally

When it comes right down to it, you have to look inward before you can look outward to effectively manage and organize your personal space. Once you are mentally prepared for the challenge, mind over matter will more than likely rule the day.

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