Do you turn the corner in your home to see a cluttered pile and think, oh I need to get to that. Only to turn the other way and see another pile and think, will I ever get to that?
It happens to the best of us! We get so excited in the beginning of a project but slowly lose steam as we go along. I have discovered there are several reasons for this and will show you how to conquer these mistakes.
Here are 6 of the biggest mistakes I see people make when decluttering- and steps you can take to overcome them.
1. Starting without a goal
When starting an organizing project, know what your end result will be (your ultimate goal.) This is the first thing I establish with every client.
This is a valuable step in the process that is often overlooked. It is key to the successful completion of your project.
2. Not having a plan of action
To complete your project and meet your goal, you need steps on how to get there.
a. Set a timer of when and where to start.
b. Break it down into smaller tasks so it does not feel so overwhelming.
For example, let’s say you are organizing your bedroom. Start with only your nightstand. Schedule your next time in your dresser. After that, your closet. Before you know it, your entire room will be done if you keep breaking it down.
c. Set the time when you will finish for the day and when to take breaks.
d. Put it in your calendar when you will start again and in what area.
3. Starting out overwhelmed
If you’re starting when you don’t know what to do or where to start, it is probably best to not start at all. Stop and do a small bit of planning (starting with #1 and #2) and you will have a map to guide you.
4. Letting your emotions take over
If sorting through your things and making decisions brings out emotions in you, you may opt to have someone help you along the way. Having a friend or a professional to help talk you through the process can help relieve that stress.
5. Spending unnecessary money
Buying products is the last step in the process - never buy them first.
Stop making WalMart rich!
Buying totes, baskets, and bins will not make you organized. It is the actual process of organizing and the practice of keeping it that way that will keep you organized.
6. Filling up your space again
It happens quite often- you begin to have open space in your home but you haven’t changed your habits. Slowly your space fills up again.
Don’t go through all that work for nothing! Small upkeep every day is all it takes.
Know you have the strength and the knowledge to complete any project you start. Not making these mistakes will get you there, one step at a time.