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A Place for Everything and Everything in Its Place

Within your home everything should have a place. If this is not the case, then this should be the ultimate goal for your home. This will take time and it is a learning process so be mindful that change will not happen overnight. When everything has a designated place, you will not struggle to find something or think twice about where to put an item when you have finished using it. This blog is action packed! The first section discusses the importance of having a place for everything in your home. The following section focuses on how to translate this concept into action. Lastly, learn about how an organizer can help you declutter and organize using ‘A place for everything and everything in its place’ as the guiding principle for your journey.

Let’s start by unpacking this phrase ‘a place for everything and everything in its place’. Simply this phrase means that you should not own more than you have space for in your home. If you have storage units holding your extra stuff, and a home overflowing with things then perhaps it is time to start decluttering. Everything should have a place that it belongs in your home; this creates order and prevents the chaos of a cluttered space. If you want to become more organized, this is a very important concept to understand and apply within your home.

To implement this within your home, there are several questions you can ask yourself when making decisions about whether to keep or discard an item. Consider the following:

  • Does this item make me happy?
  • Does this item improve my life?
  • How often do I use this item?
  • Is this item in good enough condition to use?
  • Do I already own something that fulfills the same purpose?

For more questions I highly recommend you read Unclutter Your Life in One Week by Erin Rooney Doland. She also has a list of questions you can ask yourself when purchasing new items. By using the above questions to guide the process of decluttering, you will start to understand what items are of true value to you and those which are not. Eventually you will have purged enough to begin finding a place for each item. The perfect place for an item is a combination of where it will be most easily accessible and where it makes the most sense for it to live within your space. For example, your keys are easily accessible if they are on the key rack which is close to the front door and where all the other keys are located.

The process of decluttering and organizing a home can be very daunting especially if you feel like you need to do it all by yourself. Professional organizers are very equipped to help you through the process. They will help you understand how to get started with the process and how to complete it both of which tend to be quite challenging when working on your own. Organizers are also going to speed up the process; they know what questions to ask to help you make decisions about what to keep or discard, they know where your stuff can be donated, sold or purged, and they have a wealth of knowledge on ‘stuff’ that you can draw upon at any time. They will also be there to encourage you when you are struggling to find motivation to carry on throughout the process of decluttering, simplifying and organizing your home.

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Reducing Mental Clutter with Mental Dumping

Every day is filled with tasks, projects, assignments, and endless chores. Unfortunately we tend to allow this never ending list of ‘to do’ items to swirl around aimlessly in our minds throughout the day. I wanted to find a strategy to manage my mental clutter that was quick and also very simple. This week’s post focuses on reducing mental clutter by completing a daily ‘mental dump’. I first read about mentally dumping in a book called Behind the Clutter written by June Saruwatari, a professional life coach and professional organizer. This was a fabulous book with so many great mechanisms for getting to the root of the mental and physical clutter in your life. Mentally dumping stood out as one of the simplest way to clear my mind of daily action items and activities that I wish to do.

Messy Yet Simple

June Saruwatari starts off the mental dumping process by creating a lists of all of the tasks that needs to be done. Sometimes my lists are messy! But that’s okay because they serve me well, allowing me to check off items that I have completed and to see which tasks I have yet to finish. By mentally dumping, I don’t have to worry about how organized my list is. The goal of this technique is to help relieve your brain of the weight of remembering all the tasks you need or want to do during the day. Jot down every item swirling around in your head as you think of it, you can prioritize later!

Prioritizing

After you mentally dump everything from your mind, you can organize the information. Prioritize the tasks that need to be completed right away and schedule in the tasks that are not as urgent.

Scheduling

I typically do my mental dump just after my morning workout. Choose the time of day that best works for you. Maybe you prefer to prepare for the following day by doing your mental dump before bedtime. Perhaps you could use this strategy prior to eating breakfast to help clear your mind setting you up for a successful day. It can also be used as a coping strategy for when you feel stressed or overwhelmed during the day. Use mental dumping however it best serves your life!

Dump your Clutter

Mental dumping is a sometimes messy, but simple strategy for dealing with mental clutter. Prioritizing is a great way to organize all your disorganized thoughts and tasks. It can help you decide which tasks are necessary to complete first and which can be scheduled in for a later time. Mentally dumping helps manage a mind full of clutter and can help you to focus on the activities of your day.

Need some help deciding which projects to keep and which ones to eliminate? Professional organizer to the rescue! This is definitely something we can assist you with. To get started on your home organizing journey right away, contact us via email at lettherebespace@gmail.com! Or visit our contact page.