But don’t despair! Start from square one, and steadily clear the area.
It is as simple as the following: Create piles designated for their appropriate places and file away.
Find a place for everything. I repeat, FIND A PLACE FOR EVERYTHING. This goes here, that goes there…do this until you have no things left.
Just pile and file!
While this is a time-consuming activity, don’t make it more complicated than it is.
Sure you want to look through that old box full of love letters you uncovered and forgot about for 15 years. Yeah, its interesting to see that book you wrote and illustrated in fifth grade about a fat cat who ate the giant pickle that was attacking the town. But don’t get sucked into the details, file it away into a place that makes sense to you, and come back to it when all is done.
That’s it, when you are done, its all gravy. You can start livin!
Once you have cleared the spaces that have plagued your existence for who knows how long, now you can make more work for yourself. . .
Change it up.
You know all those nick knacks that are special to you like framed pictures of your loved ones or porcelain frogs and ducks that dot your shelves? Don’t be afraid of carefully storing these away and starting afresh.
This will give you a chance to clean and preserve those items so they can last longer. Maybe wrap a note with each item to remind you of its significance. You can’t always go back to exactly how it was, but then so is life.
Don’t be afraid of empty spaces, you will find a need for that space.
Maybe you will find a new need and you will take on a good habit.
Here’s an example of how our family took on a good habit after clearing space : My mom recently purchased a beautiful corner unit with five shelves, and put it near the kitchen table. After leaving the unit empty for a month, we came across a wire basket we had already owned to be perfect for the middle shelf.
Soon, we uncovered 30-50 cloth napkins that were never used deep in one of the black hole drawers. The napkins were perfect for the basket. Now, the napkins are used regularly which has cut down on our paper product buying and hopefully garbage output. The organization tactic works because it fits one of the cardinal rules of organization: It must be accessible.
It’s good to change it up, because it opens the door for new ideas to enter your consciousness. So make some more work for yourself, and don’t be afraid to know nothing of the end product, just clear the space and let the future fill it with possibilities!