“Wow” Thank you so much for putting all this great information together. Your simple system made decluttering so easy. All your information is so usable. Absolutely everyone can benefit from the advice in Get Organized-Get Happy e-book.
Maybe you’ve searched for answers….. but feel confused by all the random bits of advice you read on the net….. and find it impossible to know where to start and what to do?
A few years ago I moved a ton of possessions from Canada….. to a tiny two bedroom house in Sydney Australia.
Not only was this house small it had NO closets, cupboards, basement or garage. At the time I didn’t even know houses existed without basements. I mean… where’s a girl supposed to keep all her extra stuff?
Our house was full BUT when I had my children things quickly got overwhelming. We had way too many things, absolutely no storage space and I kept everything. Don’t get me wrong….. I love being a mom….. but adding all the baby and toddler stuff to my overfull house made it impossible to enjoy my kids. Clutter made everyday hard work.
I began to feel chronically overwhelmed. I was a busy mom- with a million things to do every day. The housework was never ending. I seemed to be picking up and putting away all day long.
And guess what… I spent tons of time every day looking for… shoes, socks, pens and keys. You name it I looked for it.
My overfull house drained my time and… I felt tired, grumpy and overwhelmed all the time. It was impossible to keep my house basically neat and tidy.
I was so tired I couldn’t face my cluttered disorganized kitchen so we often ordered pizza. I found out I had spent more at the pizza place than I had in my bank account.
I never realized how much money clutter was costing me. Expensive take out food, costly disorganized grocery shopping, throwing away food we never ate, buying clothes I never wore, buying stuff on sale because I might need it, office supplies I never used and the toys my kids never played with.
So I thought I have to do something to get my home organized and stop wasting money. I was determined to get out of this clutter crisis and live lighter, simpler and manage money better.
I don’t know about you… but very quickly I got into information overload! There were so many different tips and a lot of useless information out there. If one person said do this the other said do that. It was so confusing.
All I wanted was a simple- join the dots- all in one- resource that could handhold me through every step of the process, start to finish.
So I went back to the bottomless pit of scattered online information… to try to put something together that I could use. While I was searching for answers- I thought about some of the problems I had.
So I tried to put together relevant (so I thought) information to attempt to get things under control.
The information didn’t help me make the right decision or translate to my life and my home. I would start clearing stuff out, then it would get too hard and stopped.
To cut my long story short… I had a brilliant idea. Instead of decluttering I bought dressers and cupboards to put my stuff in.
I collected more stuff and… I had more drawers to look through. I became more and more disorganized.
The frustration was building. I started spending big bucks on containing my clutter. I even thought about renting a storage unit.
To complicate things I continued to make bad decisions. In a frustrated decluttering frenzy I accidentally threw out some valuable jewelry, (left in a pocket of a pair of jeans I gave to charity).
I donated an expensive carpet and then I had to spend money to replace it. I sold my nice dishes and kept my cheap ones. I was dumping the things I loved in the name of clutter!
What was I thinking! This increased my fear of letting things go so I just hung on to things even tighter.
The internet information I gathered told me to organize my clutter. So I, bought organizing products. Guess what….. some of them were the wrong size, others ugly and….. most of them just added to my disorganization.
You’re probably wondering what I did. Well… I was so angry about the wasted money and even bigger mess I gave most of the containers away.
My daily battle was in the kitchen. It was so disorganized… I could never figure out where to put things.
Don’t get me started on the mess in our office. Piles of paper, chaotic, bill paying system and boxes of disorganized files. I just didn’t know where to start or what to throw out.
I was a grumpy mommy and rotten partner. Household tasks were so time consuming… I couldn’t relax at home. My stress and unhappiness were starting to go off the charts.
It didn’t give me support or change the way I thought about stuff. In fact all it did was make me waste a lot of money and end up creating even more clutter.
So here I was in my shrinking home… feeling more and more depressed because my dream of an easier lifestyle and beautiful home were drifting far away.
Luckily as chance would have it I came across a community organizing course. To make myself feel better I enrolled and I loved it.
I got a decluttering buddy and… started to test drive my ideas. As I downsized my stuff. I tried out the best of the best strategies to help others... Read more...