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Your body may not be the only thing that put on some extra padding over the holidays… If you’re like me, the clutter in my home grew too. The new year gets me all excited to start fresh. Here are some tips on doing that in your home:
1. Start Where You’re At
Don’t worry about taking all the clutter on at once, start small. I love the mantra “maintain, plus a little more.” The goal with this is to not ADD to the clutter, and take on little areas at a time. You don’t want to take on too much and burn out. Small, sustainable habits will result in a more long-lasting change. For example, make your bed the moment you roll out of it each morning, or sort the mail as it comes in.
2. Schedule Time to De-clutter
Again, start small… before you let the day take over, set a timer for 5 minutes and attack an area that you see often. One clean area begs for another. You’ll be amazed at how motivated you’ll be to keep adding to the clean areas taking over your home.
3. Separate the Emotion from the Objects
It’s easy to get weighed down by items that are sentimental and not useful. Often we hold on to things out of pure obligation. Give yourself permission to get rid of those things. You can love the person without needing to love the stuff they gave you.
If you’re wanting some extra help getting your home in order contact me about my design and organizing services. Together we can tackle the bigger projects, giving you a game-plan to proceed. Practical proceeds pretty! (I couldn’t help the alliteration) Happy New Year!