Where Do I Begin?

Hey Collectors!

Can you believe 2017 is just around the corner? Another year with a clean slate and endless opportunities for you! What are you looking forward to in 2017? Is there something you would like to create? Clearing out the old to make way for the new is a good way to start!

In today’s post, I am going to tackle where to begin. This is my most asked question and how I begin with my clients. By getting down the basics steps to declutter, it makes it easy for you to organize.


Close up on a untidy cluttered wardrobe with colorful clothes and accessories many clothes and nothing to wear.

I want to first recommend that YOU be your biggest support. YOU have to desire to change and move forward. Let go of the guilt, shame, and stigma as it isn’t helping you and is in the past. YOU have taken the first step to get going. YOU must believe you deserve a happy life. Even if you hire a professional organizer or hoarding specialist, YOU still need to be your biggest advocate.

The first thing I do with my clients is designate a sorting station. Many people do not start here. I have found when working with clients that many are overwhelmed. The more you break down what you need to do in manageable steps, the more likely you are to complete the work.

When creating your sorting station, think about your age, any disability, and overall health; you want to make sure you are comfortable and not overextending yourself.

Find a comfortable chair, loveseat, or stool where you can sit to sort. It can be very exhausting to do sorting. Make sure you have good lumbar support, especially if you experience back pain. Improvise if you need to. For example, if sitting down hurts your back, consider using an ironing board as your sorting station so you can stand.

You might need to clear an area when you choose your sorting station. Try and have at least two feet around you. You don’t want to accidentally bury yourself while you are sorting or have things fall on you.

If you don’t have a place to sit comfortably, find a chair and unbury it. Put all the items that are on the chair and immediately surrounding it, into bag or box and move them out. Clear a spot and you can be comfortable.

I recommend using a small TV or folding table (cleared of clutter) for a surface space to hold your items you are going to sort and declutter. You can also use a box or bin flipped over. Don’t get caught up in it needing to be perfect. You just need a small, flat structure so you aren’t bending and hurting your back as you sort.

Don’t get distracted when going through items. If you have ADD or ADHD, you can easily get lost in the process of clearing space. If this is you, be mindful and stay on the task at hand to create your sorting station.

Get water and a snack to keep your energy up and to stay hydrated. Turn the ringer on your phone off and go to the bathroom so you won’t be distracted for 30 minutes. Listen to some upbeat and uplifting music while you sort to keep you motivated. I also use essential oils while decluttering. I love to have scents and put on my wrists. I rub my wrists and inhale deeply to help revitalize and energize me. Check out my blends here: http://www.collectorcare.com/shop/.

You may have heard the term OHIO: Only Handle It Once, but if you have extreme clutter this won’t work for you. Concentrate for 30 minutes on creating your sorting station and don’t stress out if you have to handle something more than once.

Once you have your sorting station, you are in control of clutter and it doesn’t control you. You can now begin to sort!

What is your favorite organizing or decluttering tip for the New Year? Are you more motivated with 2017 around the corner? Share your comments below.

Check out additional clearing and organizing tips on my blog: http://www.collectorcare.com/fall-cleaning-tips/

Are you ready for a fresh start for 2017? Could your home, office, garage, kitchen, attic, bedroom, bathroom use some decluttering? Collector Care not only helps client’s clear clutter and get organized, but also offers extreme cleaning and services for hoarders.

Call Collector Care at 925.548.7750 or email rachel@collectorcare.com to schedule your free 30-minute consultation.

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