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I had come to the realization that all of the excited motivation and all of the plastic bins in the world were not going to get me organized.
I wanted to be organized. I had stuff that was meant specifically to help me get organized.
But I was missing something. I had the desire and I had the stuff.
I just didn’t know what I really needed to do. I didn’t have a plan. I didn’t really know where to start or what to do once I did.
I hit up Amazon again and found some books on organizing. You’ve probably read them, too.
I read lots of them, but the last one I read was The Life-Changing Magic of Tidying Up. I loved that book. I loved the ideas behind it. I loved the idea of thanking my stuff after I was done using it.
But, it most definitely did not get me organized or help me with the clutter that was around me. It made it worse. I started and never finished which, you don’t want to know what that looks like.
(It looks like a lot of clothes in a giant pile for a LONG time because I was paralyzed by the enormity of it).
Then one day, while looking for something completely different, I found a system called “Declutter Fast”.
It didn’t actually look as satisfying as The Joy of Tidying Up. It didn’t have cute ideas like putting the house to bed.
It just had a serious method for getting clutter under control simply and quickly.
It was matter of fact and answered questions that nothing else I have ever read answered, like “how long should this actually take?” and “how do I stop myself from getting sidetracked?”.
These were some of the real life questions and problems that I didn’t think an answer even existed for.
Having those answers helped me actually get through the process of decluttering.
And once you’re decluttered, organizing is a completely different beast. Like, a tamed beast.
Like one of those tigers that would hug Joe Exotic. Wait.. No, it’s nothing like that.
It’s way easier to organize once you’ve decluttered is all I’m trying to say.
In addition to answering some of those questions, “Declutter Fast” is going to give you a method that will work for you to declutter. I believe that wholeheartedly.
In fact, there are two variations of decluttering so that you can choose what works best for you.
Now that I have decluttered my home, I’m working on getting some things in place that “Declutter Fast” teaches like finding places for the 17 Items that NEED a Place in your home.
Did you know that there are 17 things that need a designated home in your home?
I didn’t know that. If you had asked me, I would have said there were approximately 3,267 things that needed their own designated home.
Already my home is a different place. The Ecosystem that we talked about (clean, tidy and decorated) is more in balance.
If I have a crazy morning, I’m not searching for clothes or keys or anything else. Because there’s no clutter around for the important things to get hidden behind.
We have everything we need and WE KNOW WHERE EVERYTHING IS.
The peace that that creates in your life is remarkable. The time it gives back to you is priceless.
I never yell at my kids or my husband anymore.
(Ok, yes, I do, but it’s not because of a problem that was rooted in disorganization. It’s probably about video games.)
Decluttering feels like a big task.
It feels like something you might not be able to get out from under.
Disorganization is a wicked witch that makes you think you are a bad mother, bad wife and doomed to live a sad existence since you can’t even find YOUR OTHER SHOE.
But “Declutter Fast” is the Glenda to the Wicked Witch of Disorganization. The methods are simple and straightforward and they are actually FAST.
You can get out from under the clutter monster. I did. And I know you will, too.