Best Household Organization and Decluttering Advice
Here’s the problem. A lot of organizing and decluttering advice is very cluttered! Many home organization gurus have you rearranging your stuff instead of really letting go and paring down. But, if you are drowning in stuff, the solution may be found in how you think, not what you own. And that’s why I am recommending a couple of books (just one should do it) instead of a bunch of supplies. This explains my approach: Decluttering 101: How to let it go and get on with it. My fast track method is here: 5 Easy steps to declutter and love your home.
If your clutter (excessive number of possessions—no matter how lovely they may be) is really negatively affecting the quality of your life, and blocking you from living how you really want to live, no amount of shelves or bins or rainbow-coloured labels will bring you peace and breathing space. At this point a shopping spree at the Container Store is equivalent to rearranging deck chairs on the Titanic and will not solve the underlying problem.
Some get distracted along the way, spending any spare time admiring decluttering photos and articles instead of actually digging in and doing the real work. Beware of the pretty Pinterest pins!
Your lightbulb moment, where you can finally see your way out of the mess, will be different than mine, so don’t feel discouraged if these resources don’t work for you. Like any big changes, it may take many tries, happen with an epiphany (that’s how it was for me), or gradually unfold over time. And if you really want it, you’ll make it happen.
These are my favourite resources.
1. Does This Clutter Make My Butt Look Fat? by Peter Walsh
If you’re only going to choose one book, this is it. I really enjoyed the audio book version.
I’m a big fan of Peter Walsh’s books (as you can see). But really, you are reading the same information over and over again with each book. If that’s what it takes, great. But if you’ve heard what you need to start letting go after one book, even better.
2. Lighten Up: Love What You Have, Have What You Need, Be Happier with Less by Peter Walsh
Clutter is not about the stuff. There’s always strings attached. If you need to know what yours are, this one might help.
This is more about actually organizing the stuff. I wouldn’t dive in until you’ve actually done the big decluttering job first.
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