Clutter Is Not The Big Stuff In Life by Marla Stone, Author of The Clutter Remedy: A Guide To Getting Organized For Those Who Love Their Stuff
The focus on clutter is significantly helpful when there are deeper, darker issues at hand. Clutter camouflage is protection against focusing on current challenges that are too difficult to resolve and cause emotional pain. Let's face it the big things in life are not “stuff.” The big things in life are good health, peace, and, most of all, love. You and your family are the most precious aspects of your life. Also, each child is a full-time job, so when clutter piles up, don't beat yourself up or put yourself down.
Also, learning a quick strategy to put things out of sight is essential for spontaneous guests or fun activities.
Here are some quotes from my book The Clutter Remedy: A Guide To Getting Organized For Those Who Love Their Stuff
You deserve to live a life of grandeur, a carefree life even when you want to keep all the things you love.
Someone who over collects can feel threatened by the decluttering process and refuse to go along or participate.
Symbolizing your belongings is a great way to evaluate if what you’ve collected is helping you achieve what you want out of life and understand what they represent to you on a deeper level.
But when precious things are neglected, could it mean you are symbolically failing yourself, your goals, and the things you truly value in life? Notice if objects you have forgotten about or lost in drawers symbolize a lost or forgotten part of yourself. Remember, your inner self has all the answers,
You’re constantly changing every single second of your life, and your space is continually evolving as well. Part of that reflects the cycles and patterns of life, like seasonal changes, and part of that is about the flow and energy.
The momentum of your goals and desires is of utmost importance when it comes to your well-being. You will always seek to better yourself and identify how your values change to achieve your ideal life. Self-discovery is a never-ending journey.
Achieving perpetual organization means, first, clarifying your values and ideal life, and then clearing and organizing your space to support that life. Who you are is, in many ways, reflected by the stuff you keep: the memorabilia, collections, photos, books, furniture, clothing, knickknacks, tools, sporting goods, artwork, and all your worldly goods. So taking care of your things is part of how you take care of yourself; your valuable, treasured belongings deserve respect and appreciation.
I encourage you to continually seek to know yourself, your space, and your stuff to understand and realize what still supports your ideal life. Then realign to restore the organized state that you achieved, and reinvent your space regularly, so it is always organized in the way that best suits you. And you can declutter all in good time to free up your life.
Everything that you own deserves a home where it gets to live permanently and to be with like items. Stuff Matters, and matter does matter! When you take care of the objects you own, whether in your home or office, it reflects how you treat yourself and others. Love yourself, love what you buy, love what you keep, and honor what you love and cherish by treating yourself and your things in a respectful, responsible manner.
Parting with objects representing our earlier life or former self can be very hard since we fear losing those memories.
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If you are finding holiday gift boxes scattered around your house and the entryway is frustratingly blocked by a giant pile of snow boots, it may be time for the annual spring clean. However, the seemingly insurmountable task of getting the home ready for brighter weather can leave some homeowners paralyzed with indecision. If you are wanting some inspiration on how to start your spring clean, consider any of the advice listed in this helpful checklist.
1. Declutter the Home Office
When the COVID-19 pandemic struck, many people were forced into remote working situations without any kind of infrastructure in place as to how to make this work. This leaves many professionals working in makeshift areas indefinitely as they wait, not-so-patiently, for in-person work to resume.
However, even when life eventually does “return to normal,” the remote work environment wrought by the pandemic will undoubtedly retain a presence in the years to come.
As a result, it is important to have a clean, tidy, and functional home office space in which you can compartmentalize your professional responsibilities from everyday home life. Clutter causes increased stress, as it is a visual reminder of work left undone, which can undermine work performance. The Clutter Remedy: A Guide To Getting Organized For Those Who Love Their Stuff by Marla Stone helps tremendously to get started on your Decluttering project. The Clutter Remedy Book
Therefore, the office is a great place to start your spring cleaning efforts in 2021. Find a different place for that spare dresser with stray socks poking out of the drawers and those board games piled on top. Keep your desk clear of any personal items, such as dishes, cups, none-office stuff, or personal electronic devices not used for work. Make sure the floor is not littered with extra pairs of shoes or children’s toys, ensuring the same professional atmosphere of a regular commercial office space.
2. Sanitize Like Never Before
Speaking of the pandemic, people have become well-versed at sanitizing frequently over the past year. And since spring cleaning is the one time of year that most people thoroughly sanitize, anyway, everything should fall right into place, right?
Well, yes and no. While scrubbing the bathtub, wiping down the refrigerator shelves, and deep cleaning the oven should still be at the forefront of your sanitation efforts, spend some extra time on areas that may have been overlooked prior to the pandemic, such as doorknobs, sink faucets, and interior handrails. It may also be a good idea to replace these items to give your home some new accents this spring and get a fresh start going forward.
3. Don’t Ignore the Exterior
Most spring cleaning efforts focus on making the interior of the home more pleasant and livable. However, it can be difficult to get into the mood to get the inside of the home looking pristine when the curb appeal is a wreck. As such, make sure that exterior projects are a part of your spring cleaning routine in 2021.
Basic landscaping projects such as thatching the yard, planting flowers, and trimming tree branches that died over winter are a great place to start. For more ambitious homeowners, replacing a cracked concrete driveway or swapping a dinged and dented garage door with one of the sleek custom garage doors popular today can really take your exterior makeover to the next level and set the tone for a spring clean.
4. Spend Time on Windows and Walls
The vacuum and broom are often the first items brandished when spring cleaning begins. While the floors and carpets undoubtedly need to be cleaned, a surprising amount of dust accumulates on the walls and windows.
Rather than start with the vacuum, a better approach is to start at the top of the wall and work your way down so that you do not have to re-vacuum. Use a damp cloth and gently wipe the walls in a downward motion. For the windows, it is best to use a steam cleaner and squeegee as opposed to a cloth. Be sure to pop out any window screens or magnetic storm windows to get any hard-to-reach areas, and try to avoid using any toxic cleaning products.
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The spring clean is an important annual event to get the home ready for nicer weather. However, the tall task of paring down a month’s worth of winter accumulation can make homeowners indecisive. Therefore, consider any of the helpful ideas listed above to make your spring clean a success.
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Max Shafer is a contributor to the Innovative Building Materials blog. He is a content writer for the construction and home improvement industries with an interest in landscaping, outdoor remodeling, and interior design. Max is focused on educating homeowners, contractors, and architects on innovative materials and methods of construction that increase property value, improve sustainability, and create a warm and welcoming ambiance.
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