Reclaim Your Space

07/06/2016

 

Ten Tips to Reclaim Your Space



If organizing is an ongoing action...Where do you start?  

When you feel your space owns you, rather than you owning your space, where do you begin?  

How do you make sense of the clutter?

Friends...here are Ten Tips for Reclaiming ANY Space (even your time)!
LET GO OF DUPLICATES
It happens.  It does.  It has happened to me.  You suddenly realize that you own 8 Spatulas, 5 flats sheets, 4 irons, 2 coffee makers, a toaster, a toaster oven...and the list goes on and on. I offer that you ask your self one question about these duplicates:  Do I use them or just own them?  If you aren't using all those spatulas or flat sheets...LET 'EM GO!  


LET GO OF ITEMS NOT USED IN A YEAR
If your struggling with what to let go of ask yourself:  Have I used it this year? If the answer is no, then consider whether to Toss, Sell, Donate or Relocate that item (see further on down the list).  In general, we will use 20% (Pareto Principle) of what we own 80% of the time...so if you haven't used an item in a year, chances are your aren't ever going to use it again!  LET IT GO! 


LET GO OF ITEMS KEPT DUE TO GUILT
If an item was given to you as a gift, and you HATE it...exchange it for something you love. Gifts are just that, GIFTS.  If the giver attaches a qualifier to it...then it was NEVER a gift in the first place.  Gifts are about you, not the giver.  If you hate it, already have it, don't need it...LET IT GO. 

LET GO OF ITEMS YOU WOULD NOT BUY TODAY
If you bought it in 1982 and you would never buy it today, DON'T KEEP IT.  Sometimes we even forget we have 'it', we've tucked 'it' so far into the back of a closet, basement, attic or storage area.  So, why are you keeping 'it'...really, I'm asking you...why???  Friend, just LET IT GO.

GIVE EVERYTHING A HOME
The old cliche holds true: 'A place for everything and everything in its place'.  If your space doesn't get messy sometimes, then friend, YOU AREN'T LIVING!  If every item in your mess has a home, no problem, easy day, its super simple to put it away.  But, if it doesn't...well...this is the intersection where life meets clutter.  Give everything...even the paper clips a home. 

PUT ITEMS AWAY EVERY DAY
And, when you are done...PUT ITEMS AWAY, EVERYDAY.  I hate to sound like your mother here, but take 15 minutes at the end of the day to put things away.  This is the simplest, easiest tip I can give...and it brings the greatest reward. 

THINK VERTICALLY ABOUT STORAGE
Look up.  Storage can be created almost anywhere.  Don't confine yourself, think outside the box.  Mount shelves.  Buy the bigger bookcase.  Hang hooks from the ceiling.  Use the entire back of that bathroom door.  Go for it! 

RETHINK YOUR SPENDING HABITS QUARTERLY
How do you spend your money...on things? Experiences?  What things?  What experiences?  Why?  Check with yourself to ensure that what you are buying is what you need.  Wants and Needs are easily confused.  For certain, there is ALWAYS a new gadget or gizmo to buy.  A cool new place to visit.  Ask yourself:  does it really enhance my life.  If the answer is yes...great.  If the answer is no...great.  Be a mindful consumer of life, checking in with yourself every 3 months to stay on track and reduce clutter!

THINK:  TOSS, SELL, DONATE or RELOCATE
Sometimes items just end up in the wrong place (ahem..because we didn't put them away). Relocate them, back to where they belong.  I do this action daily.  Even a Pro Organizer gets distracted and leaves items here and there.  
 
But, when you find yourself staring at a pile of items discard, this can be just overwhelming as trying to decide where to begin in the first place.  My advice, keep it simple.  If it is broken...Toss It.  If you can recoup some of its value...Sell it.  If you hate garage sales, Craig's List or Pawn Shops...Donate it.  

SAY NO
The challenge is real in our postmodern American culture.  Saying NO to requests for your time from your child, your spouse, loved ones, friends, your boss....THIS IS HARD WORK. Your time and space are valuable...evaluate your priorities and learn to SAY NO!  It will bring you peace.


These tips have helped me own my own space, rather than have my space own me, and they drive my professional relationships with clients, as well. You can be certain that I am running through this list in my head, each and every session, assessing which of these tips might be most beneficial for you.

And once we finish a space (or two, or three, because clutter happens) my goal is to have helped you internalize these tips, too...making the next decluttering project you undertake seem a bit less overwhelming, lifting you up and encouraging you forward to living a LIFE Decluttered!  
 


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    WELCOME....
    Hi, I'm Alyson.  I got my start organizing moving around the country with my husband, an Active Duty Service Member. 12 moves in 17 years.  
    With each move, we have added children and pets to our family, creating the need to become, and more importantly FEEL, organized. With every move I have honed my craft, discovering new ways to keep our same stuff in spaces that are never the same, while also learning to let go of the stuff that just doesn't hold value to my and I any longer.  That includes how we spend our time!  
    I have turned a skill into a career I am passionate about!  With a background in Social Work, earning a Masters of Social Work in 2003, I have had the privilege of working with families in their homes and in the Mental Health field. These experiences inform the way I approach the Professional Organizing relationship: starting where you are with no judgement.  And that’s what you’ll get here on the Blog too!

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