Decluttering: 3 Steps to a More Organized House

Take time to clear your indoor space to bring new energy and vitality into your life.

Image Licensed by Ingram Publishing

Image Licensed by Ingram Publishing

 

Spring is a time of possibilities and growth. The outdoor world becomes a new kind of playground, with flowers a-bloom (well, hopefully soon!), puddles just beckoning to be jumped in, and tadpoles hatching in nearby streams.

But as we make the transition to spending more time outdoors, it’s important to take time to clear our indoor space. Decluttering our homes or ‘spring cleaning’ brings new energy and vitality into our lives, and makes space for new projects.

Try these 3 simple steps to get a head-start on the new season. Set aside 30-60 mins at a time, put on your favourite music, and begin! It’s normal to feel overwhelmed at times. Stay motivated by focusing on the lightness you’ll feel once your house is clutter-free.

1.    Clothing: Before bringing out spring jackets, boots and clothing, take a look at your family’s winter clothing. Are there items that were never worn in the past season, or ones your kids have outgrown? If so, donate them to a local charity. While unpacking spring clothing, notice if some items can also be donated. Involve your kids in this process, with the promise to take them shopping to choose a few fun new Spring items.

2.    Paper: Paper-less world? Who are we kidding?! Many of us have numerous piles of miscellaneous bills, brochures, unopened mail, etc. accumulating around the house (surely paper breeds so it’s not your fault!). Grab a bin and gather all unsorted papers inside.  If there are too many piles of paper, then for now just choose the ones that seem the most important. Sort all papers in the bin into 4 piles: Important, Recycling, Shredding (confidential), and To Be Filed. Tackle the “Important” pile first and you are well on your way to being organized!

3.    Books: Like paper, books tend to multiply over time. They take up a lot of space, and many of them will never be read again. Make space on your shelves by asking yourself honestly if there are books that can be donated to your local library or charity. You’ll have new-found space for your kids’ Spring creations.

Decluttering your home will put your mind at ease and help you to focus on what truly matters. As an added bonus you’ll be modeling this skill for your children and teaching them the value of giving back to their community.

 

 

Author: Chloe Oliver

Chloe Oliver is a Personal Coach and Registered Counsellor with a private practice in Cobourg. She has been empowering others to clear mental, emotional and physical spaces for over 20 years. Visit www.clearspaces.ca for more info.

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