We all have
clutter, even professional organizers. I even share pictures of my
clutter from time-to-time to my Declutter Challenge participants or to the
Things That Look Easy Facebook group that I manage. The fact is, we all
have some clutter. What matters is how we tackle it.
Tackling the clutter
It is not as hard as you might think. I think most of us have struggled with clutter for so long because we are going about it a way that does not work for us. Let me give you a personal example.
I am not a thin woman. I have used the supplements and shakes and vitamins and they do not work for me. Period. I am not sure if it is my body chemistry or what, but these ‘guaranteed’ weight loss products actually cause me to GAIN weight! Have you tried clutter eradication methods that only seem to make it worse?
Here is the secret: I know what makes my inches go away: keeping a food journal and regular exercise. I bet you know how and what to do to keep your home tidier, it just isn’t any fun. Just like I kept looking for the right pill to make the fat fall off, you are looking at Pinterest and buying books in hopes of finding the secret weapon.
Sad, solid truth: there is no secret weapon. There is, however, hope.
A little at a time
What I have found is a way to exercise that I absolutely love and makes me feel alive and vibrant instead of wanting to die. (I work out in the pool so my brain doesn’t realize I am sweating.) I am also cutting out one bad type of food each month until all the bad stuff is gone. I gave up deep fried foods for June and am giving up processed sweets for July. That simply means that I can have a crème brulee from a restaurant but not a Snickers from the gas station.
How can we apply this to your clutter? Once you start, you will see that it feels so life-giving to rid yourself of the stuff you don’t need. It is going to feel good; you just have to do it reap the reward. I would never have thought I would enjoy working out in the pool because I am not a strong swimmer. I had to try first.
Create healthy habits
Then, create good habits to replace those that aren’t serving you. If your kitchen is too much of a mess to prepare healthy meals, start by washing one load of dishes every day, no matter what. So, what if you don’t have anywhere to put them. You let them sit on the counter dirty, they can sit on the counter clean just as well. When you have that habit in place, allow yourself to get rid of one thing you don’t need in the kitchen each day until there is room for all the clean dishes.
Your struggle may not be dishes, but laundry or the mail; the process is still the same. Lean into what you love, then make small changes to your habits and eventually you will see profound results. It won’t be right away, but it also won’t take long.