Beat the winter blues at home!
There's much that's good about winter, the mid-winter phenomenon of walls closing in is not one of them. Be ready this year to ward off the stir crazies.
It starts with "I/we have too much stuff," or "why do we/I have so much clutter?" This common winter complaint surfaces when cozy turns claustrophobic. Having trouble breathing, try this: visualize the contents of your home as representions of your past, present and future. Ask yourself, how much space do these timeframes take up in my home? In an ideal world, the following vision could be your house...
Present is what you see when you look around, what you touch, feel and use, what is accessible, top-drawer, everything you need for your life today at your fingertips. The past, near and far, lies on top and bottom shelves, behind doors, tucked into drawers, under stairs, in cleverly aranged storage units of all shapes and sizes, in a wild assortment of bins, clearly labelled bins. Finally, in this ideal situation, future has a home, possibly more than one. The future, oddly enough, can be found in any of these areas and may or may not be problematic
Chances are a professional organizer lives in this house or one has worked here! Many people struggle with balancing these timeframes. Not surprisingly, the past poses the greatest threat to upsetting the equilibrium. The only solution to keeping the past from invading your home is to purge. Conscientious purging can be a wonderful stroll down memory lane and leave us feeling freer, lighter, and energized. Purges also push the walls back.
Tips for a successful purge
1. Set up a sorting station, any clear flat surface will do.
2. Have 4 empty bins on hand for Keep, Donate, Sell/Give Away, Trash. (Note: for paper, include a bin for Recycle).
3. Work one specific area at a time. If you're new to a purge, or dont have a lot of time, go small: one drawer instead of the whole dresser, one shelf in the fridge.
4. Decide where the item belongs and at the end of the sorting session, act on all decisions.
Helpful Hint: A sorting session doesn't have to be big to be successful; consistency's a better indicator of success.
About the Author
Calgary professional organizer, Deirdre Getty, with Fine Line Organizing Inc., specializes in helping individuals of all ages who are challenged by disorganization. From excessive saving and difficulties parting with possessions to ADHD challenges, Fine Line offers individual sessions, extended workshops and on-going clutter classes. Join the conversation on Deirdre's FaceBook Page.