To ensure success, I have broken down where to begin into many different steps. This month, we begin the second half of my series Where Do I Begin? If you are new to my blog, please check out previous blogs or my podcast Hoardganize: http://hoardganize.libsyn.com. This second half of the series focuses on What Now?
Once you have the basic tools and steps down to decluttering and have generated some bags, you need to know what to do with everything. If you feel you still need help making decisions and decluttering, listen or read on my blog Episodes 1 through 5. Listen or read as many times as you need to have down. I want you to have complete confidence as you begin this next step.
When you declutter you will come across important things need that you need to handle immediately after your decluttering session. It may be a phone number or a bill that needs to be paid. Try and not do anything until you have finished your decluttering session. I know the urge to handle it right now is very strong, especially if you have ADHD. Remember, you have dedicated this time to declutter to change your life. You have blocked it out on your calendar. Keep your attention and focus on decluttering, especially if you are only clearing clutter in small chunks of time, such as 15 minutes. More likely than not, you can wait to make the phone call or complete the other tasks that have come up in your important bag.
If, and only if, it is an absolute emergency, make that call. You should have your phone next to you at all times as I mentioned in Episode 1 to keep from getting up. Make the call and then resume decluttering.
You might have also found money, change, and gift cards. You most likely will. I cannot tell you how many boxes and bins I have found filled with money. After each decluttering session, put away your money. Commit to doing this after each session. Respect your money and put it away nicely. It might not have an official place to live like a wallet or piggy bank. If you are coming across lots of money, find a separate sturdy container to keep it
all together. A paper bag might break. Also, money could be dirty and you don’t want it mixed in with other important stuff.
What if you find important documents like a passport? At the moment, you don’t have a designated spot because you have no room to put it anywhere. I suggest labeling the heck out of your important bin. You might have several important items and that is okay. It’s better to keep important stuff in multiple labeled containers than unleash stuff into the clutter again.
As you continue to declutter your home, make sure that you keep your important containers staged in the same place. Don’t leave these boxes and bins out and around because they could get lost in the chaos. Have an area you can remember and easily access. It might not be pretty; find a corner in the kitchen, a closet…whatever feels good to you. Put all your important bags and containers there and keep them in one area. That way if you are looking for something important, you have it narrowed down to one area where it could be.
It is OK to have multiple important containers in a stacked pile. Remember, this is only temporary. I know it is not perfect, but ultimately in the future you won’t have a corner full of containers. Right now, take it step-by-step and day-by-day. In the future, all of your important items will have a home.
How do you designate important items when you declutter? What is your biggest challenge when you find significant stuff when clearing your clutter? Share your comments below.
Next month our What Now? focuses on sorting your keep containers.
Collector Care can help you will all of your decluttering and organizing needs whether you need a tune up, a complete decluttering or are a Hoarder. Call Collector Care at 925.548.7750 or email firstname.lastname@example.org to schedule your free 30-minute consultation to discuss how we can help you clear clutter, get organized, tackle extreme clutter or hoarding.
Have you been putting off things that need to get done? Are you procrastinating on your chores? What stops you from going from to do to completed? Are you distracted? Would you rather be doing something else?
For many of you, you may associate chores with negative feelings from childhood. Household chores = bad memories. You might be reminded of being forced to do chores as a child, or like many of my clients, you were never shown how to do many chores, so you don’t really know how. Maybe your parents avoided chores and you are imitating them subconsciously. Maybe your stomach tightens at the thought of doing chores because you associate chores with being painful.
Let’s create a new pattern. It’s time to shift the way you think. Chores = happiness. Think of all the wonderful things that completing your chores would allow you to do. You can finally have people over because your home will be clean. You won’t be late because you can find things easily. You will save money because you aren’t buying duplicates.
For most of us, messy = yucky. Messy also equals embarrassment, guilt, humiliation, shame, stress and more.
Let’s define chores:
The everyday work around a house or farm.
The word “everyday” is key, as being organized requires a conscious, steady effort. You have to maintain your routine for it to last.
Instead of moving towards happiness, we stay in the land of procrastination, watching TV, scrolling through Facebook, and doing anything but what needs to get done. Avoiding. Procrastinating. Staying in a rut. Stagnate. No forward motion.
Do you want to remain unhappy not doing chores? Or find happiness by maintaining your nest?
At what point does being unhappy suffocating in a mess become worse than actually picking up and getting rid of the clutter?
How would you answer these questions, Collectors? Remember, you deserve to be happy! Stop procrastinating and start
What is the hardest part of you for starting a chore? What would you do it you got rid of your clutter? Share in the comments below.
Do you need help getting started? Are you ready to have more happiness in your life? Do you want help establishing new systems and routines? Collector Care works with hoarders, extreme clutter and getting people organized.
Call Collector Care at 925.548.7750 or email email@example.com to schedule your free 30-minute consultation and learn about how we can help you compassionately clear your clutter, establish routines and get organized.
Cats and Clutter
I am passionate about animals! In my home, we currently have Bella, a 12 year-old Chihuahua; four-year old Snap a Chihuahua + Datsun mix, and Jade, a four-year old bearded dragon. Our pets add so much to our lives and I cannot imagine life without them.
I wrote this book for people like my typical client—single, educated, middle-aged or retired women who have pets (usually, at least one cat) and are struggling with weight issues and clutter overload. However, anyone who suffers from chronic disorganization can benefit from this information–whether or not you own a cat!
Are you overwhelmed by the state of your home? Cats and Clutter is an easy to read EBook that will help you learn how to tackle paralyzing clutter hotspots and “cat-astrophes”. I’ll teach you organizing and cleaning tricks that will save you time and money. Spare yourself the embarrassment of uncontrolled clutter and obnoxious lingering pet odors by learning the tools and hacks that I personally use with my own clients. Empower yourself to open your home and heart to what the world has to offer. Invite others into your space and be proud of what you have achieved!
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In my eBook, I share real life case studies on clients I have worked with. I talk about clutter hotspots including the kitchen, flat surfaces, bathrooms, and the entryway. Each hotspot includes a checklist of tasks to complete and organizing products to use.
Cats and Clutter can be used as a quick reference guide whenever you
are preparing to welcome friends and family into your space. It can also serve as a training manual to help you learn how to take care of the important areas of your home.
Has clutter caused your problems with pet odor? Would you like to know cleaning tips and organizing hacks to make life easier? Collector Care can help you and your pets by helping you clear clutter, whether you have extreme clutter, are a hoarder or need some minor help decluttering.
Call Collector Care at 925.548.7750 or email firstname.lastname@example.org to schedule your free 30-minute consultation and learn about how we can help you clear your clutter to make your life, and your pets, easier.
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