9 Ways to Start Organising Without Feeling Overwhelmed

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9 Ways to Start Organising Without Feeling Overwhelmed

Do you feel completely overwhelmed when you think about your disorganised home?  Do you think that getting organised is going to take FOREVER, or at the very least, a long boring time?  Often it is viewed as a nasty chore rather than an fun activity. Decluttering can be rewarding and satisfying. I do my best to make the process enjoyable for my clients. Here are 9 ways that I make decluttering fun.
 

Celebrate small victories

Don’t focus on the huge task of decluttering an entire room. Break it down into smaller, more manageable tasks. Celebrate each completed task with a small reward or treat. This positive reinforcement will help motivate you to continue with the process. Take a “Before” picture and then the “After” picture like they do on the TV shows. I have been taking videos of before and afters for my social media and they look great. 

Music or Podcast Playlist

Music is a great way to energize and motivate during the decluttering process. Borrow motivation from artists or even experts in a field that interests you. Podcasts keep my brain active if I am sorting and arranging. Create a playlist of your favourite songs or catch up on your podcasts while you work. This will make the process feel less like work and more like a fun activity.

Turn it into a game

Set a timer for 15 minutes and see how much you can declutter during that time. Challenge yourself to beat your previous record. This gamification approach will help you to focus on the task at hand and make it more enjoyable. Look up The Mins Game ( Play the 30-Day Minimalism Game – The Minimalists ). I do recommend you get the family involved.  If you live with an untidy spouse think about the following tip.
YOU get your stuff organised, it pushes them into upping their organising game.

Involve your family and friends to get rid of the stuff you don’t want

Decluttering can be a great bonding activity for friends and family. To make organising and decluttering a habit, choose the same time each day.

Why not run a clothes or present swap. Invite your friends over and put all the surplus unwanted clothes or presents on a big table and swap them.

 Tricky TipHave you heard of this sneaky activity? It involves taking an unwanted ornament from your house. When you visit a friend or family member, casually leave it behind on a shelf. Not recommended for everyone.

 

Get Rid of the Easy Stuff

Get 2  bags, one for rubbish and one for recyclables. Go around the house hunting for anything that fits these categories. You’ll be amazed at how much space you can free up. Concentrate on removing all the rubbish and recyclables from your home.

Get creative with storage solutions

 I always encourage my clients to use storage containers that they have in their house. If you are anything like me, there is a stockpile of unused plastic containers or Tupperware in the house. Box lids from iphones or other electronics are useful in drawers to keep little bits and bobs sorted. Another tip is to use vertical desk organisers as device holders next to the bed.
image of bedside table with storage of books and tablet vertically

Use colourful labels and organisers

Instead of using plain, boring labels, use fun and colourful ones. Find ones that reflect your personality. This will make the process more enjoyable and help you to stay organized. Washi tape is inexpensive and gives that custom look to most containers.
image of colourful washi tape in a drawer

Donate unwanted items to feel good

Decluttering is more fun by knowing that your unwanted items are going to a good home. Donate your unwanted items to a local charity or Op Shop to get the good feelings. This will give you a sense of accomplishment and make the process more enjoyable.
 

Focus on the benefits

 A clutter-free home leads to less stress and anxiety, less cleaning, and a sense of calm. You can make decluttering more satisfying by viewing it as a positive experience. I have the mantra “Clutter free is Easy to Clean” on my desktop. It reminds me that extra stuff is just extra stuff to look after.
 
Do you want to experience the happiness that you get from an uncluttered home? Read my blog on why holiday homes make you happy ( Why Holiday Houses Make Us Happy – Zing Home Organising )
 
When you hire Zing Home Organising to come to your home, you can expect a positive, smiley person. I will listen to your stories and laugh at your jokes (as required).  Borrow my energy and motivation when we have a session. Sometimes you just need the lift of another person in the home to help and listen.
 
Give me a ring or book a free 30 minute call on my website Booking – Zing Home Organising

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