Does Clutter Equal Stress?

How many times have you tried to de-clutter and get organized only to feel tremendous stress and frustration because you just don’t know what to do with a particular object? It could be you had planned on tidying up a particular space in your home only to find that there are a lot of objects for which there is no home.  You pick it up, consider it, and then put it back down because you just don’t know where to put it.  You’re afraid that if you put it away somewhere, you might not remember where it is the next time you need it.  So, you simply leave it there and move on to the next item.  This process gets repeated over and over again, expending time and energy and yet no progress is made.   Frustrating? Stressful? You bet!

To overcome this obstacle think in terms of categories.  We all have categories of items in our homes or offices.  We may have a category for tools, toys, office supplies, etc.  Think about the item you have in your hand and how it is used and then place it with that particular category of items.  If there is no category you will need to create one.  As long as items have homes (a place to live) then you’ll know where you need to go to retrieve it and where to return it. When you think “clutter” think “categories”.

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