Commandments: How to clear clutter

Commandments: How to Clear Clutter

When does clutter begin…why does it seem to spread so quickly…why can’t we just tackle the clutter once and for all!!!  You trip over something…you spend more time looking for your keys than you do making breakfast…..you’re unable to distinguish if the pile on the floor are clean clothes, dirty, or a combination of the two.

Thinking of how to declutter your home fast, may not necessarily be on the top of your “Things To Do” list, but if you’ve experienced any of what was mentioned, it probably has come to mind, more often than you want to admit.

Although the steps needed to take are not difficult, getting started can be a bit stressful, which is why most people prefer to just walk around the pile of rubble on the floor.

As someone who loves to organize and decorate, I’m constantly scouting about, looking for best tips on how to clear clutter from those “problem areas” in my apartment.  Recently, I was reading someone’s blog on choosing the “right” mate; but he put a little spin on it, and called it the “Ten Commandments of Choosing Your Mate”. How genius!  That spurned the idea of creating “commandments” on how to clear clutter from our homes, quick and painless.

Granted, these “commandment” may not be backed up by the top psychologists, therapists, or the experts of the country…but who cares!!!  Every now and then, we need to just step away from the structure that life’ demands, loosen our ties, let our hair down, and just be free!

Don’t worry, we’ll have plenty of time for “serious talk”, but for now, we’re going to have a little fun!  No need to grab your cleaning gloves or broom just yet; sit back, relax, and discover some tips on keeping your place clutter-free.  And don’t worry, no plague will attack, should you miss a commandment or two…..or three!

The Ten Clutter-free Commandments:

1) Thou Shall Not Worship the Organizing Gurus.

I know…they are pretty awesome, but outside of the fact that they have their own TV shows, magazines at least
10 million followers on each of the social media platforms like Pinterest, Instagram, and Facebook…they really are people just like you and me.  Yes, their advice is really quite impressive, but it’s just that…advice.  Take what applies to your lifestyle, and discard what doesn’t.  No need to build any statues in their honor.

2) Thou Shall Not Clean or Organize Someone Else’s Closet or Room Before Attending to Your Own.

It’s great to help and lend a hand, and sometimes, those projects that you agreed to help with, may take longer than anticipated.  But if you find yourself deliberately avoiding tackling your own clutter, you may need to examine your motives.  You can run and you can hide, but once you return, your clutter will still be there to greet you, so just make sure you dedicate enough time to yourself as well.

3) Thou Shall not Curse Nor Blame Your Spouse, Partner, Friend or Pet for the Mess.

Take responsibility.   I’m not advocating that you beat yourself up, or deprive yourself of something you enjoy for the next 30-days. But just don’t pass the blame onto others.  Acknowledge that you created the mess, then take the necessary steps to correct.  Even if you live with someone else, and they contributed to that mess, chances are you may have allowed it to remain, longer than necessary.  If you don’t accept responsibility, you can’t control it…

4) Remember to Embrace a Day of Rest.  

Whether you’re organizing a small closet, a walk-in one, or a room, you may need to set aside some time to rest, especially if you’re tackling months worth of clutter.  It took you some time to make the mess, so don’t try to go for Olympic gold here!  Take your time, and pace yourself.

5) Honor Those with Whom You Live.

Unless you live alone, it’s possible that your clutter may have a negative effect on those with whom you live.  I’m not saying that they need weekly therapy sessions, but don’t assume that just because they haven’t said anything, that they are OK with how the place looks. Respect them enough to have a talk, apologize if necessary, and share with them your plan to get the space or room organized.  Who knows, they may even offer to help!

6)  Thou Shall Not Beat Up Nor Throw Anything in Anger.

Should you feel overwhelmed by the amount of clutter, take some time to collect your thoughts, then use that extra energy towards getting you place in order.  Let the TV act as a distraction, or listen to some music to get you pumped.  But please, no violence!

 7) Thou Shall Not Think the Grass is Greener on the Other Side.

In other words, be grateful for what you have now.  Perhaps your closet is so cramped that to add just one more pair of shoes would cause it to burst; maybe your apartment is so small you can go from one end to the other in under 5 steps; or you wished that your attic could look just as pretty as the “perfect” neighbors of yours, the Jones…we could go on and on, but the truth is, we have a lot to be grateful for right now.

8) Thou Shall Not Steal Ideas on How to Organize You Place.

This is really unethical…what a minute…Pinterest has made it OK to steal…I mean, get ideas from others!  So go for it!

9) Be Careful Not to Underestimate the Task at Hand.

Take the time to think through and plan out what needs to be accomplished.  Even if the project looks small, you may be unpleasantly surprised to find out how much time is really needed to get everything in order.  So if you have an event that Saturday, and it’s Thursday evening, and your place is still looking…ah…unkempt…you may want to either reschedule the event or solicit the help of family or friends.

10) Thou Shall Return that Which was Borrowed.   

To not return something is to steal!!!  That’s a NO, NO!!!  It’s possible, that as you clean out your closet, organize your room or home, that you may need to borrow some things: a paper shredder, heavy duty garbage bags, cleaning supplies, sledgehammer…you know, the usual.  As quickly as you asked for that item, be as quick, to return.

If you find that you need to hold onto whatever you borrowed for a little longer than anticipated, be quick to ask them if you can use whatever you borrowed, for a little longer (don’t be vague here, let them know how much extra time you really need).  There’s nothing worse than trying to track down someone to get your things back!

Well, there you have it folks, the Ten Declutter Commandments!  I hope you enjoyed this!  I would love to hear from you!

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