The biggest difference between decluttering and organising is: organising. When you declutter, you’re probably organised, you just don’t have systems and clear-cut ways of putting things in your house in one place. For example, you might move a bunch of stuff around and bring together similar-things, like chairs or tables. Your room might look orderly, but probably you have way too much of that stuff around. When you organise your home you look at the whole house and decide where things should go.
Decluttering doesn’t give you a system. If you need a system to organise and save yourself from the clutter then it’s obvious that you’re overwhelmed and not getting any further. Many people who have tried decluttering and have got overwhelmed end up buying a bigger house because they feel it’s the only way to get everything sorted out. While you could buy a bigger home and it will certainly clear up some of the mess, it won’t necessarily make you feel better or any less overwhelmed. So what does this all mean?
It means that decluttering and organising isn’t about a clean environment and tidy shelves. It’s all about having a clear purpose and knowing where your life is headed. In this case it’s about how to be organised so that you can stop being overwhelmed by the mess. It’s about knowing which shelves to pull out for which items and which to leave behind.
Here’s a few tips to help you with your decluttering and organising. One way to stop yourself feeling overwhelmed is to ask yourself this simple question: ‘What do I want to achieve?’ This means writing down your goals in a sheet of paper. You might like to be able to write them down but even looking at your goals will sometimes agitate you. Just answer this one question and you’ll be feeling much more calm.
Another tip for decluttering and organising is to donate things you don’t really need. This can be a great place to stock up on essentials such as food and cleaning products for your house. You might think that these are just wasted products but in actual fact many items can be reused. Your local charity will always take donations of goods that are unsold or that otherwise would go to waste. This is a great place to stock up on such goods.
The last thing to do when decluttering and organising is to get organised. If you’re not sure where to start with organising, you can start by taking stock of all the cleaning products you have in your house. Maybe you could categorise them into categories such as cleaning agents, cleaning supplies, kitchen cleaning products etc. You can then keep a basket or container full of each category for easier searching. At least when you open the drawer or cupboard door you know what’s inside first. This will also make it easier to find things when you need cleaning products or kitchen cleaning products at home.
It might sound silly but one reason why a lot of us tend to get used to disorganisation at home is because we live with it. Most of us have no choice but to live in a disorganised home because we can’t afford to be organised. There are some ways around this. You can hire a cleaner or if you want to be really organized, you can get used to organising yourself.
Decluttering and organizing doesn’t have to be complicated. In fact it can be hugely rewarding and really easy. Just think of how many benefits there are to being organised. It doesn’t matter whether you’re living in a cluttered house or whether you just feel overwhelmed. There are lots of ways to help you feel more organised.