If you look around your home and decide the time has come to tidy up, answering these crucial questions will set you on the path to success.
WHY TIDY NOW?
Perhaps clutter is causing you physical stress, or you avoid having guests because the chaos embarrasses you. You might be downsizing, prepping for a move or preparing for a new addition to the family. Whatever the reason, identifying your specific goal in tidying up will bring meaning, purpose and motivation as you proceed.
HOW MUCH TIME DO YOU HAVE?
Are you willing and able to devote half a day, a week, a month or even several months to your project? In being realistic about your schedule, you can see if your decluttering and organizing aspirations line up with your availability. Pro tip: Schedule twice (yes, twice!) the time you think you will need to achieve your tidying goals. If you finish early, all the better.
WHICH METHOD WILL YOU USE?
Will you be addressing your clutter by category (such as clothing, books, sentimental items) or by location (like a desk drawer, pantry, garage)? If you are tidying up your entire home, I highly recommend doing so by category. If you have only a small space within a room to address, you will be content to tidy by location.
WHAT WILL YOU DO WITH YOUR DISCARDS?
Decide how you will handle items you wish to donate or sell. Research your options and call ahead for donation or consignment locations and hours of operation. Pro tip: Plan to get discards out of your space as quickly as possible.
WILL YOU DIY?
Once you’ve answered the first four questions, you’ll have a better idea whether you are up to the task on your own or need help. Please don’t get overwhelmed and deterred from achieving your tidying goals. Request the help you need!
Young, of Tidy and Calm LLC, is a professional home organizer, certified in the KonMari Method™ popularized by Marie Kondo. Reach her at www.tidyandcalm.com.