Clutter causes frustration, overwhelm and impatience in your home, schedule and life.
You crave something different. You want calm, peace and a confident sense of control.
You see photos online of beautiful homes, free of excess clutter. The counter tops and cupboards are clear and inviting. Organized and delightfully perfect.
You see those cupboards and you know you want in on that. It just looks so peaceful.
But how the heck will you ever get to that point? There are so many routes you could take. You can read blogs, books or watch videos. You can ask your friends for help or ask a professional for help.
Gee, come to think of it, there are lots of options out there! As you research all of the options, you notice that some advice is contradicting other advice. You realize how far you are from where you want to be.
You keep seeing the photos of the smiling perfect people and their perfect homes and lives.
You keep researching.
Uh oh, here comes those original feelings again. Frustration, overwhelm and impatience.
What happens next?
The lap top and books close. The topic of conversation with your friends changes.
You don’t reach your desired outcome because it feels too hard, too out of reach. You give up and feel some shame.
The truth is with clutter, starting is hardest part
Name one achievement in your life that didn’t begin with a firm decision that yes you would achieve it and yes you would make it happen no matter how many small steps it took.
Take one small action today and you’re already miles ahead of most. Because you’ll build momentum and confidence and gain steam in the right direction. You’re finally control!
It’s time you gave yourself a break and realized that starting your journey to a simple, clutter free life can be really tough at first. We get so hung up on perfection that we forget how powerful we really are.
Think easy and start small
Below are three examples of starting small. You could try these small actions or use them as inspiration and decide on one for yourself.
1- Donate an item from your wardrobe that you know deep down you don’t need to keep anymore. Let it go, and take the time to be proud of yourself for taking action.
Clothing can be a great place to clear clutter consistently from your life.
2- Give your car or house keys a permanent home and commit to return them to this spot each and every time you are finished using them. You’d be amazed at how powerful this one small change can be.
Years ago, I had to tear apart my house any time I needed to leave, because I could never find my keys. They were always in a different pocket, bag or purse. This one small change was a catalyst for me to designate more items to a proper place, and my daily life was so much easier because I wasn’t constantly searching for important items.
3- Clear off your bedside table and commit to keeping that tiny little area clutter free. Why? When you choose a small space that you can have complete control over clearing, you can really prove to yourself that yes, you can keep a space looking and feeling tidy.
Bonus points for this one because you see it before you go to bed. This has the power to affect your energy positively before you sleep.
“Motivation doesn’t cause action. Action causes motivation.” -Neil Pasricha, The Happiness Equation
Your home will not go from cluttered to clear overnight, and that’s okay.
Our culture is obsessed with quick fixes and overnight success. Yet small consistent actions are the most accessible and powerful way to change your life.
You want a clutter-free and organized life. You can absolutely achieve this! But it will take decisions, actions and habits that build over time. Don’t let overwhelm and fear hold you back.
It’s normal if you don’t know where to start! Your greatest clarity will come not from reading about clutter-clearing, but from taking action.
What’s a small win you could clear in your life today? Let me know in the comments below!