Just the idea of decluttering and organizing your home can be overwhelming. It seems almost impossible to find the motivation to clean up and organize your home because you simply don’t know where to begin. With Organized by Jm, you don’t have to do it alone!
There are some basic tips and questions to ask yourself when you decide to make the step towards bettering your life. The truth is in any home, the “stuff” is coming in faster then we are moving it out. In order to avoid this or slow the process down, you need to have a plan. Maybe you would like to have a garage sale or donate unused or unwanted items.
The first important piece of this process is, you must know what you have. Often we purchase duplicates of things in our home because we cannot find them, or we forget about them because they are not in a place where we see it.
During our time together there are questions that I always initially ask my clients to figure out their needs, wants and hopes for their space. These questions can help to put in perspective for you, what is really most important to you:
There are some questions that I then want you to ask yourself. This always helps to get the ball rolling if you are feeling a bit stuck.
- How many of these do I really need?
- How many of these do I actually use?
- When was the last time I used this?
Purging, as I always say, is essential to organizing. Without moving things out, we are just moving the “stuff” around the house. I don’t want anyone to ever feel that an organizer is going to come in their home, and throw out all of their stuff. These are your items and they mean something to you, and as a client- YOU mean everything to ME.
We all like to hold onto items because we feel like we have to.
For example, birthday or Christmas cards, maybe a physical gift someone gave us. We feel like we need to keep these items because if we got rid of them we would feel guilty, or obligated but the truth is – you will feel so much better after they are gone from our space, as they are taking up space!
Holding onto items “just in case” will end up causing you unneeded stress in the long run. Storage space is limited, and you need to take advantage of every bit of it that you have. When you make the decision to purchase an item that will stay in your home, make sure to have a plan for that item, and make sure you need it.