Happy Independence Day to my fellow Americans.
It was a process, but in 1776 we finally became free of the things that no longer served us.
It’s a long story, and not one I care to go into here, as this is a Productivity and Organizing Blog.
However, it never hurts to remind ourselves of our history.
freedom from the control, influence, support, aid, or the like, of others.
Independence comes in many forms.
Today I want to talk about being independent of, or having freedom from clutter.
The word clutter means different things to different people. Many think it’s stuff laying around the house where it doesn’t belong. And they are right. I believe it’s that and more. It’s also owning things we no longer need, use or love.
Think about it… How much time do we spend controlled by our things?
We maintain them
- cars need to be washed and maintained
- clothes need to be washed, ironed (do they do that anymore?) and put away
- dishes need to be washed and put away
We search for them
- that jacket we aren’t sure where we put it
- the keys we set down somewhere and can’t find
- the other shoe
- our homework
We make space for them
- room for our “stuff” in the garage, while the car, that is worth more than our stuff lives outside
- room for our “stuff” in a bedroom while the 3 girls share a bedroom
Let me be clear. Having freedom from clutter doesn’t mean that we sell the cars, run around naked or use paper plates. The car will survive out in the weather and we can do loads and loads of laundry if that’s what we choose.Having freedom from clutter means living free from taking care of an overabundance of stuff! By owning less, we have fewer things to care for, and more time to attend to others rather than our stuff.
The tips I am going to share with you are easy, and they will give you FREEDOM FROM CLUTTER. Actually doing them may take a shift in mindset.
tip 1 –
Don’t own anything you don’t USE – NEED – or LOVE. If you do, let it go.
tip 2 –
To prevent clutter from happening, if something takes two minutes or less to do, just do it. Throw the clothes in the hamper, put the dish in the dishwasher, carry your shoes to the bedroom when you go to bed.
tip 3 –
The 10-Minute Tidy. Every evening, each person in the household takes 10 minutes to make sure the house is picked up and everything is put away, where it belongs. Shoving stuff into cupboards, closets and under the bed is still clutter. Just because you can’t see it, doesn’t mean you don’t have clutter.
tip 4 –
A Place for Everything, and Everything in Its Place. Whenever there is more than one person in a space, this means creating systems that work for many. This is often the time when you will want to enlist the help of an Organizing Professional.