Have you done this enough you’re convinced organizing your home is a lost cause?
I’ve got a solution. Change the objective. Instead of setting out to organize your entire home, commit to “power sorting” your house. Power sorting is an effective way to clear clutter and spruce up your home in a short time, without embarking on a massive project or deep clean.
To power sort, go get a big box or a large garbage bag. Walk through each room of your house and remove items that are no longer used, treasured or loved. Repeat the exercise every few months. I schedule time to power sort my house every six months, and always fill at least one garbage bag with items to donate.
You’re probably wondering the purpose for dragging it out over the course of a year. It seems easier to get it done in one fell swoop. Except you can’t, because that’s not how your brain works.
It takes two of three times of seeing something to process what you’re seeing, and how you view the object. The first time you power sort a room, you might look at an item, like an old suitcase, and think, “I’m going to use this again.” A few months later you could see the same suitcase and wonder what you were thinking. You’re able to make a decision because your brain has had time to process it.
It’s especially important to power sort your house if your goals have changed. Your brain never stops processing your environment. That means your subconscious is picking up on things that you probably didn’t realize like the exercise equipment you intended to donate, or the craft project you never finished. You don’t think much about storing them in the garage, but your subconscious holds on to what those items mean, as in, you failed to finish a project or haven’t accomplished what you set out to do. It robs you of energy every time you see those items because you have to deal with the emotions around them. Clear out the clutter and you’ll clear your subconscious as well.
If it’s still hard to part with the treasures you sorted through in the guest room closet, remember there is someone out there who needs that exact item to move forward in their life. Your donation becomes a blessing to them, in addition to allowing you to reclaim your home, and your headspace.
Organizing an entire home can be an overwhelming task. Power sorting is a good start. If you would like more assistance in tackling a large project, email me Linda@UnclutteredNW.com and schedule a consultation.
These are just a few ways to get you started in 2018. If you’d like more suggestions download 10 Tips For Organizing Your Home.
About Linda Deppa: Linda is passionate about organizing and helping her clients become more efficient and relaxed in their spaces. Whether in a business setting or in a home, Linda is extremely dedicated to her clients by offering an assertive approach to any challenge while demonstrating genuine care and concern throughout the process. Linda’s energetic personality is equaled with her efficiency and skill. Linda is not only certified in her craft, but she also holds leadership positions with the Seattle chapter of the National Association of Profession Organizers and has been featured on both television and radio.