Clutter can overtake us quickly. We are busy living life, attending to our family and doing what we do. We grieve a loss. We transition into the next phase of life. All of a sudden we look around and there is clutter in our home, office, and head. It’s easy to feel overwhelmed and helpless. There’s a plan to put into place to help you declutter and get back your life. Decluttering after life transitions helps you move forward.
Making the plan
That saying, “Rome wasn’t built in a day,” applies to decluttering too. It may have been 6 months or 6 years that clutter has been accumulating. It may be more than one transition that has occurred, such as a loss of a family member, a new job and an empty next. Start by acknowledging that your life has been focused on priorities. Then step back and start making a plan.
Here’s some questions to ask yourself:
~ Who should make the decisions about the clutter?
~ Do I have a time line to get started and get finished?
~ How do I keep what’s most important but let go of what is not?
~ Am I ready to get started?
Once you answer these questions you can proceed
Taking steps forward
Start by making your work manageable. What makes it manageable can be creating your team, creating chunks of work or finding a new perspective. Creating a team can include your family or professionals. Leverage your team by knowing what do you want to accomplish and who has the best skill set to get this done. Create chunks of work by breaking the work into units of space, such as room by room, or time increments. Finding a new perspective can include looking for a treasure you have lost, finding money in your clutter, or taking a positive approach in that you make people your priority at the time your clutter accumulated.
Your transition may include feeling of grief, shame or remorse. Let go of “how did I let this happen” and embrace “I am creating a new life.” As you work toward organization, embrace your new feelings of empowerment. Life transitions can open new doors for you and new options you have not thought of before. Letting go of stuff can help you let go of emotional blocks too. Life transitions require support. Support can include a professional organizer, coach or therapist. Decluttering after life transitions supports your new vision.
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