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A PLACE FOR EVERYTHING AND EVERYTHING IN ITS PLACE THE BENEFITS OF DECLUTTERING AND ORGANIZING BY ANDREA BRUNDAGE

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iving and working in cluttered spaces can affect your mood, your productivity, and even your relationships with others. People who are, or feel, surrounded by clutter often describe themselves as overwhelmed, stressed, stuck, frustrated, or all of the above. That’s one reason the old proverb “a place for everything and everything in its place” still rings true. Spending a little time cleaning up your space can do a lot of good for your productivity and your well-being. THE DIFFERENCE BETWEEN DECLUTTERING AND ORGANIZING Creating a productive and relaxing home or office is a process that involves both decluttering and organization, which are two different processes. Decluttering is looking at everything in your space and asking yourself why it’s there. Do you love it, use it, wear it? Decluttering requires decision-making about what stays and what goes. Organizing is categorizing, containing, and using a like-withlike approach. Organizing is putting the things you’ve decided to keep in places that are logical, easy to access, and easy to maintain. BEING ORGANIZED IS A LIFESTYLE, NOT A ONE-TIME PROJECT Once you’ve organized an area in your home, commit to spending time each week or month sprucing it up again. If you stay on top of clutter accumulation, you will find it much easier to maintain long-term order. Pay attention to habitual dump zones. If you consistently dump mail on the countertop and don’t take time to process it, you’ll soon have a pile. Take time every day to process your mail. If clothes are discarded and left in heaps on the floor, you’ll soon have a mountain of laundry and a chaotic closet. Rehang what you’ve decided not to wear and adopt the habit of placing laundry in a bin or basket. Stop procrastinating. If I’ll deal with this later is a consistent inner dialogue, commit to doing whatever it is now. Delayed decisions can be found at bottom of every pile.

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THE BENEFITS OF BEING MORE ORGANIZED Being organized saves you time and money, and can enhance your peace of mind. If you frequently spend time and energy looking for misplaced items, a little organization can go a long way. Knowing what you already have on hand can reduce overbuying and duplicate purchases. Best of all, by eliminating the frantic search for your keys, wallet or sunglasses, you’ll also reduce your stress level. THE TREND OF TIDYING UP There is a lot of buzz these days about tidying up. Much of that can be attributed to Marie Kondo, an organizing consultant from Japan whose 2014 book The Life-Changing Magic of Tidying Up introduced America to her KonMari method of decluttering. Additionally, Netflix released her show called Tidying Up in January of this year. The show features eight different families using the KonMari process to tidy up their homes. The KonMari method is good... if it works for you. However, like most things, there is more than one approach. If you are motivated and inspired to declutter and organize your space on your own, go for it! If you need assistance, professional organizers can help you sort, purge, dispose of, categorize, and organize your belongings – especially helpful for those who don’t know how or where to start. WHAT TO DO WITH ALL THAT STUFF? There are a lot of eco-conscious ways to dispose of your castoffs. To reduce the landfill burden, consider ways and places these items can be gifted, regifted, donated, repurposed, recycled, sold, or consigned. As a professional organizer and bringer of calm, Andrea Brundage has been helping clients turn chaos into calm since 2005. Simple Organized Solutions (SOS) is an Arizona-based business that services residential, seniors, and corporate clients locally and nationally. Her book, Simplify: 8 Principles to Turn Your Chaos into Calm, will be released and available for purchase in March 2019.

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