How Clutter Affects your Life... You may noticed that when your house is a mess you have a hard time concentrating on things, feeling comfortable at home. You may have noticed that you are unable to complete anything else without distraction.
When a car pulls into the driveway, do you suddenly whip into a flurry of action, grabbing anything in site, stuffing it in a bedroom & then closing the door, or perhaps cramming it into a closet? Has a visitor ever asked you if you just moved in?
Having constant clutter in your life creates stagnant energy, dragging your energy levels down and preventing good things from coming in. In addition to all of those things- it depletes your wealth! Have you ever had to run to the store to purchase an item you thought you "had somewhere" but were unable to find it? Only to discover it hidden under or behind other items a week or two later? Or perhaps you keep an item around just because it "might come in handy" or you "might need it sometime". . .
So now that we've assessed what clutter can do.. you're probably asking, How do I get Rid of It?!
Step 1: Start your de-cluttering in the room you spend the most time in. Why? If your favorite room is the kitchen and you spend most of your time there, you will immediately see and feel a difference in your life. This will help keep you motivated to follow up with other rooms.
Step 2: Choose 1 new room per day. Don't try to do it all at once. Chances are, it took you weeks, months, or even years to accumulate this much clutter.
Step 3: Start small, gather up items that are easily thrown out. (Excess papers, obvious junk items)
Step 4: Arm Yourself! You'll need to grab some trash bags & boxes. If you cant bear to throw things away, label a box "Donate". Once your Donation box is full, seal it up and put it in your car. Either drop it off at a donation center or a rubbish bin, but don't put it in the house/garage/shed/pole barn or any other storage spot in your home!
Step 5: Clean for no more than an hour at a time. Yes, you should set a timer. Why?
It's easy to get overwhelmed and want to quit after a few minutes. It's also just as easy to clean all day long and then give up de-cluttering the rest of the house.
In no time at all, your home will be de-cluttered & good things will start to happen!
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