When we feel overwhelmed by disorder in our home, we often think we need to get better organized.
Where do we start? Add drawer dividers? Buy a new cabinet? Get some bins? Stuff things in baskets?
I ran across a post I had written years ago that offered a simple answer to this question. It’s still true today.
What we usually need to do first when we are overwhelmed isn’t to “organize” anything, it’s to pare down and declutter.
The less we have, the easier it is to find what we need.
The less we have, the less overwhelmed we feel.
The less we have, the less time we will spend maintaining and cleaning things.
The less we have, the less money we will want to spend buying new things we don’t need because we know they will just end up cluttering up our closets and cabinets.
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 our home, decluttering is really the first step. But it’s the most rewarding and important step of all.
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Find inspiration and the strategies that inspired me to declutter and simplify in my book Make Room for What You Love.