I’d like to introduce you to an truly amazing clutter coach, Michaeline, The Clutter Busting Coach!
Make this the month you clear out the clutter!
You don’t have to wait for Spring to start cleaning and organizing your home. Even though we still have snow on the ground (and snow in the air…) here in Michigan, there is just something about the month of March that inspires me to clean.
Cleaning is easier when you’ve freed yourself from clutter. Lanna Nakone, author of Organizing for your Brain Type, has identified six types of clutter. See if you recognize yourself in one (or al)l six of the types.
These sentimental types save things for memory’s sake or out of obligation, whether to the giver of a gift, a deceased relative (to respect their passing), or even to the idea of a hobby they’ve long since given up.
Clutter clearing solution for Nostalgics:
Set limits on the space you devote to your nostalgia.
Clutter clearing maintenance strategy for Nostalgics:
Reevaluate your stuff yearly. Ask yourself whether your possessions are helping you grow. Is what you are holding tethering you to the past in a way that is more limiting than meaningful? If so, let it go.
Waste-nots hesitate to get rid of “perfectly good” objects despite the fact that they are broken, out-of-style, outgrown, or unused. Some do so out of concern for the environment and others equate clearing clutter to throwing cash away.
Clutter clearing solution for Waste-nots:
Recognize the difference between functional and useful. Just because an item works, doesn’t mean it belongs in your life. Donate it to charity; sell it online, or at a garage sale.
Clutter clearing maintenance strategy for Waste-nots:
Repeat the process above at the start of every season. Keep a sell or donate box visible to encourage you to streamline.
Darting from room to room in a flurry of activity, Time crunchers leave themselves little time to stop and put things away properly.
Clutter clearing solution for Time crunchers
You may have every intention of cleaning up, but by scrambling to do 10 things at once, nothing gets done. Devote just 15 minutes right now to one task such as folding your laundry.
Clutter clearing maintenance strategy for Time crunchers
Devote five minutes a day to putting things back where they belong. Do this as soon as you get home at the end of the day.
Procrastinators let everyday things like laundry and dirty dishes accumulate. They also put off bigger tasks like cleaning out the garage or putting the summer clothes in storage, opting to deal with them “later.” Later never comes.
Clutter clearing solution for Procrastinators
Write out a plan of what to tackle when. Work in stages, committing to one large clutter related task. Reward yourself with a non-clutter related activity.
Clutter clearing maintenance strategy for Procrastinators
Start a habitual habit: sort through your mail as soon as you get it. Load the dishwasher right after dinner (or breakfast or lunch.) Anything that becomes routine, becomes easier. And by keeping the little things in check, the big things don’t become necessary…
These ambitious individuals keep catalogs, class schedules, pamphlets, business cards and other informational sources around the house, planning to delve into them later. They’ll also save unread magazines and newspapers for months, not wanting to “miss” anything (but never finding time to read them).
Clutter clearing solution for Go Getters
Think in terms of shelf life. Recycle any newspapers more than a week old; magazines more than a year old; catalogs more than a season old.
Clutter clearing maintenance strategy for Go Getters
Tear articles out of a magazine, instead of saving the whole issue. Same with newspapers. Keep files of different types of articles such as: physical fitness, home improvements, new recipes (send me the quinoa ones…) or whatever your personal preferences are.
Letting go of bank statements, pay stubs, receipts, warranties, and other financial documents is nearly impossible for these accountant types, so the paper piles up endlessly.
Clutter clearing solution for Stub Savers
Organize your files so that you can easily find a category such as bank statements, store receipts, church donations. Color code or alphabetize them. Tech-savvy types can scan them into CD’s.
Clutter clearing maintenance strategy for Stub Savers
Use online bill-paying services, shred credit card offers right away, file proactively.
My challenge for you this month is to implement one great organizing idea in your home.
Which one did you choose and how did it work? Leave your thoughts in the comments section below.
Quote for the month: Couldn’t decide between these two quotes, so I offer them both to you:
Healthy eating in March: Watercress!
Watercress just shouts “Spring is almost here!” My challenge for you this month is to eat a “bunch” of watercress at least once a week. And…if the Queen does not invite you over for watercress finger sandwiches, try it with quinoa! Try my recipe for Toasted Quinoa with Watercress