We all have those places where clutter builds up. No matter how many times you pick up it always accumulates more clutter. What do you do about it?
On the show Next Stop, The Clutter Zone Tracy leads Chelle through a few questions to help her get started.
IDENTIFY YOUR CLUTTER ZONE
To identify your clutter zone just walk through your home.Where are there piles? What areas are most frustrating to you day after day? Elizabeth from Ready. Set. Simplify asked if her whole house can be a clutter zone! 🙂 By the way, she listens to Ci Radio while doing dishes and laundry! Great idea!
Choose ONE clutter zone to focus on. Chelle chose her kitchen counter – where the purses and papers and STUFF pile up as family walks into the house.
Step 1: Ask, “What is in the clutter? Why?”
Actually look through the pile one thing by one thing. Write on paper what is in there. Then ask, “Why?” Is it because it doesn’t have a home? It doesn’t get put away? It never got finished?
Chelle’s list included purses (no home), keys (didn’t get put in home), paper (in box/drawer was full), sweatshirt (closet too full to hang. Who hangs things up anyways?), cards (didn’t get them mailed), etc.
Step 2: Reenact: Reality first. Ideal next.
Walk through what actually happens in your life. Talk out what you are doing when the clutter builds up there. Don’t spend too much time doing this but it is interesting to reenact this out loud and hear what you are doing. Have your family members reenact this – out loud. Just listen.
Then, reenact what you would like to happen in an ideal situation. What would you do? Where would you put things?
As Tracy led Chelle through this exercise it was interesting to hear what was ideal in Chelle’s mind. She started with cleaning her car trash out. Ideally she would throw car trash away before going into the house. Ideally she would hang her purse on a hook. Ideally she would put her keys in the key drawer.
These differences between your reality and your ideal are the keys to your future. Focus on finding solutions here. Chelle needed hooks to hang her purse so it didn’t end up on her counter. She needed a hook to hang her coat on. She needed a system to keep the inbox empty so that the paper got put away.
Step 3: Use END CLTR to organize your clutter zone.
Learn how we organized Chelles’s clutter zone and created a location for hooks – in her new mud closet – to hang purses and jackets as the family walks in through the garage. Listen to the Radio Show, read about the END CLTR process or watch the video (yes, we even made a video!) to learn more.
Now, identify your clutter zone, find out what is in it and why and reenact reality v.s. ideal. Then, tackle your clutter zone using our END CLTR method.
Tell us what clutter zone you are choosing to focus on!