“I have too much stuff!” Have you ever said that? We all accumulate things we don’t need or want…yet rarely think to remove them from our spaces. Especially if you are an Empty Nester and have raised a family in your current home. You probably have accumulated things for 15-20 years. That’s a lot of time to acquire things! The more things you have in your home, the more stressed and disorganized you will feel and the less your personal story can be told. So, let’s discuss an easy way to organize and sort your space that will leave you feeling motivated to conquer your clutter.
Sort Only One Room Per Day
We know it can be tempting to dive into your entire home in one day, but a few hours into it will have you thinking differently. You will think things like, “Should I order pizza?” “Did I ever respond to those emails?’ “Do I need to check in on the kids?’ Overwhelm breeds inaction. Choose one room per day, grab a sorting buddy and get to work. After 2-3 hours, call it a day, provided that you’ve completely sorted and organized that one room. Don’t hurt yourself by leaving a room half done.
Sort Fast and Hard
Don’t take time to reminisce over every piece of décor, furniture, or old book. It might bring sweet or nostalgic memories, but if it doesn’t work for you, it doesn’t need to be there. If you truly don’t like it, you either need to donate it or throw it out.
Start by walking around the room with two containers or large bins. One is for donations, the other is for garbage. Don’t try to donate things that are clearly worn out or dated. Those items go into the garbage unless they are legitimate antiques (in which case, you should sell them.)
Take Inventory of What You Love
After you have ruthlessly attacked each room in your home with the garbage or donate method, take those donations to the drop-off location and put that garbage on the curb. Don’t overthink it.
Lastly, take all items you love and find new ways of arranging them. You could move furniture to different rooms, place artwork on new walls, or make a list of items you would like to purchase (but be careful not to clutter your space again.)
At this point it would be helpful to work with an interior designer to determine the color palette for each room and aesthetic of your entire home before making any purchases. An interior designer can also help you find new ways to arrange your furniture or suggest new ways to use your items as well.
So start de-cluttering and organizing your home.
Until next time,