Top Ten Tips, #1 – Reality Check

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Over the course of the next few weeks I’m going to be presenting to you my top ten tips for getting organized.  Many of you may be reading this blog because you’re looking for ideas on how to get organized by yourself – well, look no further!  We’ll delve into some of the more important details and how to’s, starting with this week’s tip:  Reality Check.

Many people are in denial about just how much clutter is affecting their lives.  Karen Kinston, a clutter clearer and space clearer based out of England, states that clutter can be divided into four categories:

  • Things you do not use or love
  • Things that are untidy or disorganized
  • Too many things in too small a space
  • Anything unfinished

This week’s Action Challenge:

Keeping these four categories in mind, grab a piece of paper and pen.  List all the rooms in your house.  Now go from room to room and estimate what percentage of each room is taken up by clutter (I recommend including the garage, especially if you can’t park your car in there!).

Add up your percentages and then divide by the number of rooms you listed.  This is the average percent of your home that is housing clutter.  What percentage of your home are you able to use?  Is this what you imagined for your space when you moved in?

If you want a real eye-opener, now multiply that percentage by your monthly mortgage or rent payment.   If you have a storage unit/s, add those monthly bills to the total. This is how much money it costs you each month to keep that clutter.  Often this is motivation enough to start the decluttering process.

Putting clutter in monetary terms like this makes it that much easier for some people to see in a tangible way how clutter may be affecting their lives.

Was this exercise an eye-opener for you?  Please leave any thoughts about your results in the comments section below!

Holistic Professional Organizer and Coach at Synergy Organizing, LLC

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