A home is a place where memories are made. It is where we go to relax and refresh. It is where we celebrate, entertain, laugh and play.
And it can also be a place we dread.
If that dread stems from the overwhelming stress of clutter and chaos, read on.
As a Professional Organizer and Bringer of Calm, I often work with clients who do not enjoy being in their own homes, and sadly, they often find reasons or excuses to stay away. Some find solace at work; some wander around stores buying things they do not need, want, or have room for; and others stay frantically busy with activities, volunteering, and community service. None of these activities are negative in and of themselves, unless they are excuses for not going home.
Below are some simple tips to help you create order in your home so you can love your space this February:
- Surround yourself with only the things you love. Release those things that do not bring you joy by deciding if they should be tossed out, passed on, or given away.
- Give yourself the gift of space. Why do we like hotel lobbies and spas? It is because they are spacious and inviting. While entering your home may never feel like arriving at a five-star resort, it should feel welcoming and warm to you.
- Size does not matter. Whether your home is 800 or 8,000 square feet, you should be comfortable there. Everything you own should have a place, and everything should be in its place. Note: This does not imply a standard of perfection.
- You own your stuff, it does not own you. Take back control and get intentional about what you allow in your space.
- Think big, start small. Instead of “I am going to organize my whole house,” start with, “I am committed to organizing one drawer/shelf/room at a time.” Then choose a project that is time appropriate. If you can only allocate 30 minutes, do not start organizing your huge walk-in closet. Perhaps a junk drawer would be a better option. Clutter does not appear overnight and clearing clutter takes time, too.
- Do not get hung up on the money factor. It does not matter that you spent $200 on that blouse or coat. If it is unattractive now, it will be unattractive later. If the color looks awful on you, that probably will not change. The money is spent, so just let it go.
- You don’t have to do it alone. If you are overwhelmed and do not know where to start, or if you have attempted to get organized on your own but end up worse off than when you started, consider asking for help. Seek the help of a trusted family member or friend, or contact a professional organizer.
Andrea Brundage, MBA, is a Professional Organizer and Bringer of Calm. She helps people clear clutter and get organized so they can love their space. Andrea teaches organizing principles and time management throughout the Valley, and she is releasing her first book later this year. If you are ready to turn your “Chaos into Calm” visit professionalorganizeraz.com or call (480) 382-1085.