Free Ideas For Organizing Clutter

These free ideas for organizing clutter really work!

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Learn a surefire clutter organization routine and create a clutter free and organized home ...

... in small, manageable steps. Twenty minutes a day are all it takes!

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How To Organize Clutter: The 20-Minute Routine

You will create:

♦   a sense of control over your living space;

♦   a home that feels fresh and clear;

♦   a system where you find anything you look for, straight away;

♦   a home with a truly uplifting energy to it.

This routine is extremely powerful, as long as you do it for 20 minutes a day, Monday to Friday, until you've cleared all things out of your home that no longer have a purpose in your current life.

"Our life is frittered away by detail.
Simplify, simplify."

Henry David Thoreau
Walden and Other Writings

How To Organize Clutter: A) Game Rules

Once a day (preferably at the same time every day) set a timer for 20 minutes.

During these 20 minutes, all you do is clear up one small section of your home that feels untidy or disorganized (the table in the hallway, a kitchen drawer, the bathroom, unopened mail?)

Find something to throw away, and throw it away (or better, recycle it).

Start with the parts that look the easiest.

When the alarm goes off, stop. You're done for today.

Acknowledge & reward yourself for having completed your 20 minutes.

B) How & Why It Works:

Free ideas for organizing clutter, #1:
Planning & starting on time

If you're going to beat clutter, you want a sense of control from the start. Clutter causes stress; it eats away at our self-confidence and self-esteem.

So it's important to assign yourself small chunks of work that will fit snugly into your day. You're in control. During these 20 minutes, you focus entirely on the task you've set yourself. This will guarantee a result! It may not look big on Day One, but by the end of the first week you'll already have spent 2 hours clearing stuff, and you'll begin to notice a delightful shift in the energy of your home.

Free ideas for organizing clutter, #2:
Staying focused

Focus creates quick results. When you stay focused on the job at hand, you'll start experiencing success almost immediately, and that will give you enough energy to tackle the next clutter hotspot.

Free ideas for organizing clutter, #3:
Getting rid of stuff

If there are things in your wardrobe or cupboard that you haven't used for a year, consider giving them away. Ditto for things you feel you are expected to keep because they were presents, or things you bought but now you find you aren't really using or enjoying them.

There's great joy in letting go of things from the past. You create freedom for yourself. It's weight off your shoulders and off your mind. It can be a huge relief. The future is yours! You could promise yourself that for every five things you get rid of, you can buy one that is really great and suits your current lifestyle perfectly.

Free ideas for organizing clutter, #4:
Starting small

It's easy to feel overwhelmed in the face of stuff we've accumulated over a long time. Starting with easy clearing jobs increases your confidence. After the first successes, the more awe-inspiring clutter hotspots feel much easier to handle. You know you can handle them. And because of that, you will.

Free ideas for organizing clutter, #5:
Stopping on time

Stopping on time is just as important as starting on time. You remain in control. Don't let the process take you over. (You could, of course, make a conscious decision to do some more of it for a fixed period of time. But you don't have to. After 20 minutes, you're done.)

Free ideas for organizing clutter, #6:
Being pleased with yourself

Acknowledging yourself draws your attention to the results you have achieved. Be proud of yourself: Facing clutter and letting go of stuff is not easy. Always celebrate your success - reward yourself with a little sweet, a cup of tea, whatever makes you feel even more that you've done well.

If you ever lapse in your routine before you've cleared all clutter, forgive yourself straight away and pick up where you left off. Nothing's lost, and nothing's wrong. Just do it.

Slow and steady wins the race!

How To Be Clutter Free And Organized For Good:

Keep only things in your home that you either use, or love - or both. Get rid of the rest. Fall in love with the clear space. Believe that you're worth it.

Because you're worth it!!!

Assign a logical place to all your possessions. If there's an overflow anywhere, reorganize or have a clearout (use the de-clutter routine above).

Deal with everything just once, and decide straight away whether to ...

  • do it,
  • delegate it, or
  • dump it.

"A man is rich in proportion to the number of things which he can afford to let alone."

Henry David Thoreau
Walden: Or, Life in the Woods


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