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Written by admin on October 29, 2012 – -
by Vanessa Stewart
Are you having trouble deciding where to START with your de-cluttering process?
The best place to start is with “today’s mess”. You can start with today’s mail before you start to tackle last week’s or mail from past months. There will always be older piles that will need to be de-cluttered. You can get sucked into that “OLD STUFF”, and get lost in the backlog. Sometimes I find when you go to the old clutter first, it can derail you, especially if it holds any grief or sadness , as in past relationships or a death of a loved one.
I was just working with a friend today who had gotten bogged down in paper clutter. A lot of it had to do with the finalizing of his recently deceased mothers estate. It made perfect sense to me that this would be a difficult place to start. So, we gathered the papers that had become scattered in various locations in the house. We went to a nice cozy table & sitting area, and just started to sort.
We started with the last couple of days mail, then in no time at all, we had moved through all the piles! My friend found ALL those misplaced and important papers that were needed to settle the estate with the least amount of stress and anxiety, as well as be all up to date with his current mail. It was fast, it was easy, it was a totally freeing experience. And we got it ALL done in a little over an hour! Days & weeks were spent on just the worrying about it, and now all of that is behind him!
SO… BEGIN by de-cluttering the most recent, easiest and most visible clutter first!
It will be much more motivating if you can quickly create noticeable results.
If you’ve lived with clutter in your home for a long time, getting started on the “De-Cluttering” process can be overwhelming. You do not need to be perfect, you just need to get started! Small consistent steps , celebrating the “wins” as you go, is the best way to tackle and handle your clutter!
AND… Remember to get out that timer , set it for 15 minutes & GO!!!YOU can do it!
Vanessa is also a a professional organizer, certified with Clear & SIMPLE™ Professional Organizers, and has more than 18 years of clutter busting, abundance-boosting experience. Vanessa specializes in helping people clear the excess clutter out of their living and working environments. She loves assisting people in making their homes more beautiful & supportive of their individual needs. Above all Vanessa believes that you can make the de-cluttering process Fun & Easy! That’s why she developed the 30-Day Clutter Free Living Program.
She has more spunk, spark and pep than you would expect from such an organized lady.