4 Secrets to Avoid Organizing Overwhelm

Avoid Organizing Overwhelm

Do you feel overwhelmed by the amount of clutter in one area of your home? Does it seem to be too large to tackle, so therefore, you don’t start? Instead, you can learn how to manage – and complete – your organizing project. It is natural to view a room as one project, but you don’t have to! One of the comments on the Testimonials Page of my website is the following:

“I listened to what you said about tackling a huge project by knocking the jobs out one by one instead of trying to do the whole thing in one fell swoop. Your advice was amazing!”

Here are four tricks to help you avoid overwhelm on your next large project.

  1. Resolve

One pattern I see when helping people organize is that there is a space away from the main living area where clutter is stashed. This could be a spare bedroom, an office, a garage, or an attic. Why are these rooms so stuffed with clutter? Barbara Hemphill, an expert in productivity, defines clutter is “postponed decisions.” When you don’t feel like making a decision, the spare room can become a natural spot to stash something you intend to think about…later. One of the tools that will help you complete a large project is to resolve to make decisions as you sort. I am not saying it will be easy, but you do need this tool in order to move forward.

  1. Start Small

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Proof of Organizing

A friend of mine is moving. After she read my recent post on Organizing the Junk Drawer, she sent me the following note. Her drawer is a good example of what works.

Organized Junk Drawer

“My junk drawer…has been (organized) ever since I found a stacking junk drawer organizer a couple of years ago. When I was cleaning my cupboards and drawers for moving, I hardly had to touch the drawer since it’s actually stayed organized! Just goes to show, that if you find the right container for storage you have a better chance for things to stay organized.”

I call it proof or organizing. Do you have an area in your home that works well for you? Want to show it off? Send me a photo and I just might post it here.

Celebrate Small Organizing Steps

Organizing a little bit betterSeveral years ago, my brother and his wife adopted a rescue dog. This dog had a carefree attitude, and did not seem to really notice that he now had a home, instead of living in a shelter. It was as if the dog was saying, “Hey, this is a little bit better!”

Since then, this phrase has become a motto in our household. Regular readers of the Maur Organized Newsletter will know that I strongly believe in small projects. Each time I complete a small project, I proclaim, “Hey, this is a little bit better!”

Now, let’s apply this to organizing. Organizing is a process, not a destination. Continue reading Celebrate Small Organizing Steps

I Donated 3 Bags of Guilt

Last Labor Day Weekend, my husband and I painted my home office. That is to say, he painted it and I helped. I love a fresh start! Neither my son nor my husband could tell the difference in the color, but I can. Since we decided to paint the inside of the closet too, we had to empty the entire room.

Somewhere in that process, I decided to review and purge the contents of my closet. It’s so much easier when it’s already in the living room, staring me in the face. I started with a bag of paint chips. I knew that I had mixed together the “ideas” with the “records,” so I began to sort. I kept four chips that match our home interior, and discarded the rest. You are probably wondering where I am going with this story. Hang with me for a moment, and you will see.

I realized that this was one of the projects in my closet that I had been procrastinating. After I was done with that, I was motivated to go further. I looked around the room and saw the box of picture frames screaming at me. It was just a large box of GUILT. Continue reading I Donated 3 Bags of Guilt