Do you have the best of intentions to keep your home in order but then clutter just takes
over?

What if the key to controlling clutter chaos was as simple as creating a plan of attack, and actually following through with it? Whether you own your home or rent your haven, (unless you are June Cleaver) it’s bound to get messy sometimes. An occasional messy house is to be expected, but what if the clutter is just everyday normal? Don’t beat yourself up over it! And take heart, there is a solution.

Let’s face it; we all have the best of intentions to keep everything in order, but sometimes the inevitable happens and disorder takes over. The first step is to realize there is no such thing as an entirely clutter-free lifestyle. Even the neatest person tosses clothing on floors from time to time, or shoves something into the “junk drawer” without taking time to put it away properly.

Understand and accept that at different times of the day or at certain times of the year areas in your house will naturally become more cluttered than others. Don’t beat yourself up over it, or overanalyze it. Instead, embrace the opportunity to learn from it
and create a plan of attack.

In my home, the “cluttered” time of day is when everyone comes home in the evening. You see I live in a house with three men – my two young adult sons and my husband of 25 years. No offense to the guys out there, but most of them just don’t know how to put stuff away when they come home! Shoes on the floor, gym bags dumped at the door, and coats strewn about on chairs. Does it drive me crazy at times? Yes, but I created a plan to deal with it and it’s this plan of attack that helps maintain my sanity and my marriage.

Another common time for chaos to ensue is when the summer party is finally over or when the houseguests depart. Will your house look like a walking disaster resembling a bomb went off in each room?

Whether it’s the clutter from daily life, the mess that’s left after a party or the holidays, or even the result of years of accumulating things – having a plan on how you are going to deal with it and taking one small step at a time is the key to making it go away.

So, what’s your plan for putting the place back together again? Start by pretending that you’re a fly on the wall and take an aerial view of each room. It’s easy to get overwhelmed, yet if you break it up into small digestible pieces tackling any project is
much easier. Start with the easy tasks first and then move on to the more challenging ones. Pick up the floor so that you can walk freely around the room without tripping. Dirty clothes go in the hamper. Shoes belong in the closet. It may sound incredibly basic and simple but
you’d be surprised how quickly the house will get back to normal if you just take one small step at a time.

Many people want to be organized, but feel overwhelmed by the size of their organizing problem. They don’t know where to start, so they just don’t start at all. The Chinese philosopher Lao-tzu said, “A journey of a thousand miles begins with a single step.” There are no shortcuts in organizing. Decide where you are going to start – pick one cabinet, or one section of a room, or one closet – and just start!

Being organized isn’t just a physical process; it’s also a psychological process. When your space is clutter-free, your brain will be clutter-free too.

Where are you going to start with organizing your home?

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