One question I always ask a new client is, “Do you think your space has the problem of too much stuff or is it just that things are not properly organized?”
I admit that this is a bit of a trick question because nearly always the answer is “both.” Having too much stuff will always stand between you and organization as you struggle to maneuver around the excess.
Sure, you can file-fold your entire t-shirt collection and just barely manage to cram it all into your dresser drawer, but those shirts will be so jammed together that you’ll struggle to pull one out without others coming with it. Not to mention that your t-shirts will have permanent wrinkles from being so tightly packed. And I’d like to see you maintain your composure while trying to put it back into the drawer!
Some organizers think paring down the excess should be a massive, once-in-a-lifetime effort of going through every item in your house. That may work for some people, but I prefer to make a practice of letting go of things on a regular basis.
There will always be an influx of new things into your life. Cultivate the habit of paring down so you can welcome the new into your space effortlessly.
Are you with me now? You need to pare down. Frequently. Maybe constantly.
Here are the tools that will help you pare down with ease.
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As you pare down, you’ll be amazed at how much easier it is to stay organized and on top of your things. Your counters will be clearer. Getting dressed will be quicker because you can see and more easily access your wardrobe. Putting away leftovers won’t result in an avalanche of plastic storage tubs.
Don’t forget to take a “before” picture of your space so you can look back at it in a few months and take pride in your progress.
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