Believe it or not, getting the organized home that you have always desired could be emotional, especially for those that have never decluttered. You might be wondering what could be emotional about getting rid of junk in your home? Think about the sentimental items that you have been saving over the years or the memorabilia you were given when a loved one passed away. Maybe, you have every art project your child has ever made or you have been unable to get rid of clothing that you no longer wear, yet cannot part with yet. These items could make you emotional and could very well be the driving force behind your clutter.
Tips to Eliminate the Emotion
So how do you get rid of the clutter without experiencing the heartbreak? There are many ways:
• Work slow – Do not feel like you have to rush through your house in one day and declutter every room. That would not end up serving the purpose that you need. Instead, go slow. In fact, you should only work in 15-30 minute increments! If you are getting too emotional, make it even less.
• Get Help –Do not declutter on your own if you think you are going to have a hard time. Ask another family member or a friend that is removed from the emotion of the clutter to help you. Having an objective mind around could help you see the sense in getting rid of various items.
• Be Objective – Take a close look at the items that you are keeping, do you really need them? If they are sitting in a box, what good are they doing? If you never open the box to look at the items, chances are you do not need them.
• Take Pictures – If you are worried about missing items, take pictures of them! You can then store the pictures on your computer or make a photo album of your loved one or whoever is signified in the items to remember them without harboring clutter.
• Let Time Pass – If you have just gone through a life transition, do not declutter yet. When your emotions are raw, it can seem impossible to part with special items. It is better to wait until time has passed and you are feeling less emotional.
• Leave it Alone – If you are feeling too emotional or tied to an item, do not try to get rid of it right now. You can always revisit items later down the road to see if you feel the same way.
When you prepare yourself to deal with clutter and the emotions that might accompany it, you can better prepare yourself. It is most important to allow yourself plenty of time and to not be too hard on yourself. If decluttering gets too difficult, get someone to help you. This will help you achieve an organized home as well as be a shoulder to cry on, should the emotion get to be too much to handle.
If you would like more tips on how to create organization in your home, read my book “Organized Home: How to Declutter and Clean for a Stress Free Life.” In it you will find many valuable tips to help you manage the clutter in your home!