Most, if not all, of us have felt overwhelmed by clutter. Whether it's a pile of papers waiting to be filed (or, god forbid, opened!), a mishmash of toys, books and knick-knacks, or, as in my case, a collection of cords and chargers with nowhere to go but on top of the coffee table, it can be a real bother.
Clutter makes an otherwise perfectly stylish room look messy. It complicates finding things, including important documents and bills. And, worst of all, it stresses us out, making our homes into uncomfortably long to-do lists rather than cozy havens to unwind after work.
Yesterday's story about weeding out the root causes of clutter – like procrastination and over-shopping – is an excellent way to get started on organizing your house and reclaiming your calm.
But, as always, there's more to say on the subject than what can fit in my wee little piece! For starters, Sunnyone left this fab comment on the story: "When I became a home owner the best advice I ever received was to never leave a room empty-handed."
This is really a great tip, and something I try to do in my own home. Every time I pass through a room, I try to grab anything that doesn't belong there or do a quick straightening up. Of course, sometimes the stuff still piles up, but it certainly helps slow the process!
The other key piece of advice that I wanted to share is to reward yourself. Sure, having a clear coffee table is a bit of a reward, but you deserve something more tangible for all that hard work! Whether it's a cookie, a glass of wine or a fab new lamp, a bit of incentive always helps with the clean up process!