By Kelsey Tuia
Clutter can sometimes feel like it has all-omnipotent powers over your lifestyle.
It’s by far the number one thing my clients complain of. I understand the struggle in conquering the clutter—I have collected so many important relics in travel, love and life over the years. However, it’s important to live in a space that allows for a livable, breathable flow. I’ve found a few steps that have helped me and my clients simplify to create space for new life.
5 Steps To Getting Organized
Step 1: As you go through the items in your home ask yourself if the item moves you forward and brings you happiness. If the answer is a resounding “NO,” continue to step two.
Step 2: Thank the item for fulfilling a job and make plans to either immediately donate or simply throw away items that are worn out or no longer useful.
Step 3: This one takes some practice: learn to be ok with letting go! Start small if that helps, but you don’t have to feel guilty for removing the clutter. Reward yourself with a treat once you have taken the steps to declutter your space. It’s not an easy task!!
Step 4: Remember that you don’t have to get rid of everything to make progress in your steps to declutter. Keep what makes you happy and brings you joy! I suggest creating a space to display small mementos that remind you of important people, places and goals to help keep you motivated. Clearing out the clutter helps you to see clearly what things you value, allows for the creative space to decorate, or find the right home for the things you really love.
Step 5: Most important step—find a place for it all!! Get creative with any space—organization is all about finding a home for the items that make the cut. Having a designated spot for your things makes maintaining your uncluttered space very manageable and allows for a renewing vision of what your space could be.
Pictured above is a project I did in a children’s room with two little girls. Since it was their room I had them tell me what brought them joy! Remember to always include your children in their decluttering process; they will feel included and excited to keep their space organized.
A big thanks to the beautiful Bethany from The Glamorous Housewife for letting me share my approach to decluttering space and inviting joy into our homes!