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What's Bugging You?

Have you ever been accused of being grouchy or in a bad mood by one of your family members? And when pressed, you have to admit that they haven't done anything to offend you, but you're really peeved about something else? We've all probably experienced this situation as we process emotions and situations we're facing.
Many of our clients admit to us that they suffer from mood swings and/or depression related to their clutter. They feel shame and guilt over the fact that their homes are cluttered; yet they feel paralyzed in knowing where to start when it comes to de-cluttering.
Can you relate to what I'm saying here? If so, please know you're not alone.  If you want to begin sorting through some of your clutter, here are a few tips for getting started.

  1. Start out small and be realistic. Don't tell yourself that you're going to do the entire house this weekend. Choose one room and then focus on one wall of that room and items touching that wall such as a bookshelf or dresser.
  2. Be willing to part with items that you no longer use or have a fondness of. Yes, your stuff might still be useable, but if you aren't using it, what good is it?  Let someone else benefit from it and you take the tax write-off.
  3. Work with a friend.  Tell someone you love and trust (and who won't pass judgment) what your goals are and have them be on hand to help you make the tough decisions when sorting and purging.
  4. Reward yourself. I always tell others that when you're tackling a job like de-cluttering, the fun meter must register high. Think of something that you can look forward to after you've de-cluttered an area or room of your home.
So the next time you know your clutter is putting you in a bad mood, try bringing order to at least one small place in your home. You'll be amazed at the peace it will bring.
Wishing you peace,
Audrey Thomas
a.k.a. Organized Audrey

posted on: 4/29/2008 10:00:00 AM by Audrey Thomas
category: Homes

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Audrey Thomas is passionate about working from home and doing it in a way that benefits her family as well as her business. As a nationally recognized speaker she is the author of 50 Ways to Leave Your Clutter, The Road Called Chaos and What's for Dinner? While she's not afraid of the dark or spiders, she hates critters who move fast.

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