Set a deadline. There is a rule that says a project will expand to fill the amount of time allotted. By setting a deadline for when you will have each stage of your decluttering project complete, you have a much better chance of being successful. Keep two things in mind: make your goals realistic, and break up large goals into smaller intermediate goals.
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If you find it difficult to stop buying items, then consider collecting pictures of the items you want to buy. Place the pictures in a file folder or under favorites in your phone and decide whether to buy the items a little later on.
No more garage sales or hand-me-downs until you organize what you already have. And if you have one of the bumper stickers that read "this car stops at garage sale" take it off!! Lol
Attack visible cutter first. We like instant gratification, even when clearing clutter we like to see results immediately. What better way then to deal with the visible clutter first. When you clear the stuff in your way that gets the ball rolling to tackle the unseen places such as attics and garages.
Clutter constantly signals to our brains that our work is never done.
When you take something out of its designated space to use it, put it back immediately after you're finished with it. Sounds simple, but it actually takes practice and commitment.
Clutter makes it more difficult to relax, both physically and mentally.
If you don't use it, don't want it, or don't need it, get rid of it. You can toss it, recycle it, or donate it (one person's trash is another person's treasure), but don't keep it. If you use it, but only rarely, store it in a box in the garage (or if it's your office, in a high or low place) to leave easy-access space for things you use more often. Also, put a date on the box. With rare exceptions, if you haven't opened the box in a year, whatever is inside is probably not something you need.
2 Reason: Clutter distracts us by drawing our attention away from what our focus should be on.
2 Remedy: Create designated spaces for frequently used items and supplies so that you can quickly and easily find what you're looking for when you need it. However, try to make these designated spaces "closed" spaces, such as drawers and cabinets. "Storing" things on open shelves or on top of your desk does not remove those visual stimuli that create stress and lessen the amount of open space that your mind "sees."
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