Tips on Dealing with Disorganized Clutter:
I get it. You’re busy, right? I know, I know.
But the deal is the more disorganization that you have around you the less settled you’re going to feel. It is actually a proven fact that lots of people especially those that have dealt with traumatic situations growing up often resort to feeling a loss of control if they do not have an organized area around them.
It’s pretty easy to figure out. Have you ever cleaned your house and then sat down on the couch and felt like there was a major burden lifted? Have you ever gotten all of your to do items at least on the piece of paper so you knew what you’re going to be doing for the next couple of days? If those events were followed by a significant feeling of ease, then Yep, that’s you.
Well you’re in good company because you know what? That’s me too. No sense in denying. LOL
I grew up in a household that was pretty chaotic. When I was a young boy, dad was dealing with PTSD and tons of issues. They tried to hide most of that stuff from me, but as a kid you know what’s going on.
I take that back. You don’t know what’s going on, but you know when things are kind of screwed up.
Back to the concept of cleaning up.
The only way to do this well is really to chunk it. What is chunking? Basically you have to create categories and then sift through everything based on those categories.
What I like to do is grab a pile of papers for example, and sort them based on advertising, bills, reference, and the all important someday maybe category.
This allows me to make sure that I pay my bills, archive and keep the important information that I need, while getting rid of the junk that I don’t need.
What I found helpful when I do bigger projects that aren’t necessarily small pieces of paper or smaller items, is to lay out blankets.
Then, I designate each Blanket as a category. For example if I’m doing a garage or something, I’d designate one blanket as donate, one blanket as keep, one blanket as sell, one blanket as throwaway.
Whatever you do just make it super easy to visualize. Even if you’re doing bills on your countertop. Set up areas, physical locations where you put certain items.
Remember to take the item into your hands only one time. This is crucial. So often as we are working through a stack of papers or even a stack of junk in our garage, we pick up an item and then end up putting it down because we don’t know what to do with it in that moment. Then we pick it up again and still don’t know what to do with it. After 10 minutes of dealing with this item all we have done is moving back-and-forth to different areas.
Make a decision then and there when the item is in your hands. Be bold and courageous. Shift your mindset from scarcity to abundance. If you doubt you will need it, you probably won’t. If you haven’t needed it in the last 6 months, you probably will never need it.
I had a friend that I knew while I was in college. He was the opposite of a pack rat.
By the way that’s me. I keep everything. I came across a cast that I had when I was in high school. Seriously what was I doing with that 20 years later?
So my point is my friend told me he gets off on throwing things away. I remember thinking if I can just shift my mindset to the same thing and associate more pleasure and fun with having a decluttered, clean organized space, then I could probably shift my mindset to such that I would get off on getting rid of stuff too.
So I encourage you today go tackle that project that you’ve been putting off. Grab it by the horns. Change the way you think about it. Throw away a bunch of stuff and feel really good about it. Oh and use storage boxes to keep things. If you haven’t ever been to a container store, go. It’s pretty cool.