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Welcome to Mission #44 of our 52 Get Organized Missions.
If you canâ€™t get organized because you have more stuff than space, then this mission is tailor-made for you.
Having found success with the last mission Get Organized Mission #43: How To Declutter Your To Do ListÂ Â it’s time to tackle another area of your life.
Remember: you only need 30 minutes for the basic mission. Extended Options are below.
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Get Organized Mission #44:
Live Within Your Homeâ€™s Boundaries
Step 1: Make Peace With Your Boundaries (10 minutes)
In this step Iâ€™m asking you to make a mental shift, so please just sit calmly for now and see what you think of this.
Iâ€™d like to suggest that you make a commitment to only keeping in your home those things that fit comfortably.
Radical I know, but potentially the key to a calmer existence for you and your family.
Hereâ€™s what it would mean. Youâ€™d only keep the quantity of:
- Clothes that fit neatly in your closet
- Books that fit neatly in your bookshelves
- Tupperware or cookware that fits neatly in your kitchen cupboards
- Stationery that fits neatly in your desk
- Furniture that fits neatly in your house
- Toys that fit neatly in your toy bins.
You get the idea.
Hereâ€™s the thing, though. The extent to which your stuff currently exceeds your space? Thatâ€™s the amount of stuff youâ€™d have to discard or donate. If you have a lot of things that donâ€™t fit properly in your home, then that means â€“ um, getting rid of a lot of stuff.
Now Iâ€™m not saying itâ€™s right or fair or necessary that you should move out of your home everything thatâ€™s surplus to yourÂ space.
Iâ€™m simply saying that youâ€™ll probably feel happier, less cluttered and more organized if you only have what your space comfortably accommodates.
So please take a few moments to look around your home and think about whether, or where, you might like to embrace this idea. When youâ€™re done, come back for the next step.
Step 2: Flick What Doesnâ€™t Fit (20 minutes)
Choose one area where you have more stuff than space, and where youâ€™re willing to downsize.
Good areas to consider include:
- Drawers you can barely open/close because theyâ€™ve overfilled
- Clutter you canâ€™t put away because thereâ€™s no room for it where it belongs
- Closets that are overstuffed with clothes or shoes
- Kitchen cabinets groaning with Tupperware, cookware or utensils
- Toys that overrun their storage bins.
Now, just start removing things you donâ€™t love or donâ€™t really use â€“ and keep removing stuff until whatâ€™s left fits nicely.
You can donate or discard as appropriate later, but for now just concentrate on downsizing until your space matches your stuff.
If you have time remaining, tackle another area.
Living within your homeâ€™s boundaries is a wonderful habit and a great way to feel calm and clear. Please let me know how it feels for you. 🙂
Dos & Donâ€™ts
- Donâ€™t buy more storage bins to justify keeping more stuff! Thatâ€™s cheating yourself.
- Do take pleasure in simplifying your space. Focus on the feelings of lightness and clarity and youâ€™ll find it easier to part with things you donâ€™t really use or love.
Extended Organizing Mission Options
Want to go beyond this 30-minute organizing mission?
- Do this mission as a family. Discuss step 1 together, then choose zones for each person to tackle during step 2.
Ready, Set, Go!
Remember â€“ move quickly, act fast, donâ€™t overthink.
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