Recently my daughter and I went through my laundry room linen closet and removed everything we didn’t need or use anymore. I was amazed (and mortified!) by how much stuff was in there just taking up space! We got rid of about six garbage bags of miscellaneous old flat lifeless pillows and grungy old linens! Yikes! Why in the world was I keeping all that stuff?
But the other surprise was how many usable things we had, when I thought I was probably in need of new linens! I bought a few new pillows and a couple of new blankets for extra guests to use over the holidays, but we already had way more sheets and pillowcases than I realized. I just couldn’t tell what we had because our closet was too stuffed!
Here’s the real secret to getting organized:
When we feel overwhelmed and think we need to get better organized, usually what we really need to do first is declutter.
The less we have, the easier it is to find what we need.
The less we have, the less time we will spend maintaining and cleaning things.
The less we have, the less money we will spend buying new things we don’t need that will end up cluttering up our closets and cabinets even more.
The less we have, the more we will enjoy what we do have.
The less we have, the less “organizing” we actually have to do.
So while it’s probably the least fun part of organizing and the most stressful, decluttering is really the most rewarding and important step of all.
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What types of clutter most overwhelms you in your home?