I’ve been organizing homes for over 15 years, and the shear volume of possessions in houses I organize never ceases to amaze me.
What happens is over a lifetime you add more hobbies and activities to your life. Your size changes, your work changes, and your kids grow up. All this leaves a footprint in your space. Sometimes to the extreme that there is not much space to even live in your home. The past is pushing out the present.
The things in your home should support the activities that matter most to you and the things that do not support your best life are clutter. What matters to you in your home is very different than what matters to me. Your prized possessions and the things that help you live your best life are not the same as anyone else. If you ask a friend or family member to help you declutter and organize, they will want to discard the things in your home that they do not think are important and organize the things that they value. These may not be the things that you value.
My job as a Professional Organizer and Clutter Coach is to find out what matters most to my clients, then help them remove items that don’t align with living their best life and create space for the things that are important. The way I start this dialog is by finding out what matters most in their life, and therefore their home. You can do this same exercise at home by filling in the blanks for these two questions;
- It is important that I make space in my home for______________________________.
- I don’t need space in my home for___________________________________.
Grab your journal, make a list. If you have a copy of my workbook you can fill in the pages with your top 10 and also see my personal list of priorities in my space.
Once you identify what is clutter and what is worthy of organizing in your home, you can create a plan for organizing your most important spaces first. You will also have a list of whole categories that can leave your home to make room for what matters most TODAY!