Don’t we all want a little more peace in our lives? Have you ever reflected on the relationship between an orderly home and a peaceful home? These two go hand in hand. Think about it—how does it make you feel to look at piles of “stuff” on the floor or stacks of paper spread across the kitchen counter? A little stressed? Or can you just ignore it and move on?
When things have a home within your home, you’re not stepping around piles or hunting in multiple locations to find something. Each item has a purpose and a place. When shelves are in order and clearly labeled, you can see what you have—nothing is hiding. You’re able to find what you need when you need it and —here’s the key—with ease.
In addition, we breathe more easily and think more clearly when there’s more physical space in our home. After an organizing session, my clients often take deep breaths and they actually look more relaxed. The burden of having to look at clutter or hunt through the mystery is lifted.
Granted, it’s a challenge to establish order in your home, but worth it. When you’re not dealing with clutter, you can focus on what’s most important in your life: your family, your relationships, your work, or your pastimes. You can invite friends into your home without embarrassment or shoving piles into closets. You can prepare for a family outing easily and be out the door, able to concentrate on the gift of time together.
So how do you get started?
- First, identify the main area of your home which causes the greatest amount of stress. Is it the shoes in the entryway? Clothes in the laundry room? Mail and paper clutter scattered throughout the house? Even if there are several (or more), pick the area that would have the greatest impact on your stress level on a day to day basis.
- Once you figure out the most pressing place to begin, the next hurdle is actually getting started. Put a date on the calendar, and make an appointment with yourself.
- Get some help. Do you have a family member or friend who will support you in your decluttering project? Find the person who:
- you feel most comfortable with
- won’t judge you or make you feel guilty
- will keep you on track and not let you linger down memory lane too long
- will gently challenge you to let go of things that you’re not really using—but still won’t let you feel guilty if you decide to keep it
- Remember, the clutter didn’t happen overnight. Be patient with yourself and set yourself on a course to make slow and steady progress—knowing that the ultimate goal of an ordered home is a more peaceful home.