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Wednesday, August 05 2015
PAY ATTENTION TO THE SIGNS OF CLUTTER

You might not realize that you are living among clutter because you see it every day. Sometimes we cannot see what is right in front of us because we have become accustomed to it being there.  

It is possible that you might need to pay closer attention to the signs of clutter in your home. Here are some of the signs:

1.  Your guest bedroom requires that you move junk around so your guests have a place to stay. More often than not, because your guest room is used infrequently, it becomes a dumping ground for items that do not have a home elsewhere. The day comes when guests are planning on arriving and you need to provide space for them to stay. All of a sudden, it's a race to get the room in order for their arrival.  Learn to put things where they belong and not just throw them into this room.

2.  You know you have an extra set of car keys, but you can never find them.  If you have trouble finding that extra set of keys or any other everyday item, it's a sign that its time to get organized. Your small items might not have a place of their own. Locate a place in your home where the item is used frequently and dedicate that spot to the item. Be sure to teach the other members of your household to put the item back into this spot after they have used it.  

3.  You find that you are having to constantly return home when trying to get out the door in the morning.  You walk out the door to get the kids to school or you are running out the door to get to work and you have to run back inside for your cell phone or the kids' homework. This is a sign of disorganization. Plan what you need the night before and set up a station by the front door where school bags, purses, keys and anything else you need can be placed. Use a sticky note on the front door to remind you of those last minute things you need, such as school lunches, etc.

4.  You are paying late fees and interest charges every month.  Think about what it is costing you each year that you are paying those annoying late fees and interest charges because you do not have a system in place to pay your bills on time. Simply set up a bill paying schedule and designate a place for your mail. Create a consistent time to sit down and pay your bills each week or every two weeks to avoid this situation.  

5.  You never seem to have time for yourself.  It is vital, no matter how busy your life is, to create some "me time". You get up early and go to bed late. You are exhausted. Take a breath. It is okay to schedule blocks of time for yourself on your calendar.  It is a great time management tool. You need to create some time to do the things you enjoy doing, whether it's reading a book, taking a yoga class or even getting together with some friends for a few hours. Life is about balance; it's not all about work and getting things done. "Me Time" can be so empowering.

Take a look around. Pay attention to the signs of clutter in your home and in your life.  

If you are having difficulty with any aspect of getting organized, feel free to contact me. I am here for you! I can show you how to eliminate the clutter in your home and in your life.

Posted by: Audrey Cupo AT 10:00 am   |  Permalink   |  7 Comments  |  Email
Comments:
We definitely get used to seeing things! I think it is part of our natural adaptability, which is a strength in many circumstances, but can undermine us when it comes to clearing clutter.
Posted by Seana Turner on 10/17/2015 - 10:12 AM
Exactly! Thank you Seana!
Posted by Audrey Cupo on 10/17/2015 - 10:15 AM
#5 is a good one! I think people often overlook this sign as related to clutter, but it's so crucial to have ME time to rest and recharge. Great reminder with the busy holiday season looming!
Posted by Sarah Soboleski on 10/17/2015 - 12:48 PM
Quite an eye-opener to see all those signs in one place! We often tell ourselves things really aren't so bad but if you were nodding your head at more than a few, it might be time to make life easier.
Posted by Lucy Kelly on 10/17/2015 - 05:03 PM
#5 is a challenge for me!
Posted by Janet Barclay on 10/18/2015 - 07:23 AM
It's amazing how we can get so used to seeing clutter that we don't even notice it... it's like it's just part of the home. I find I see clutter more when I look at pictures of spaces in my home.
Posted by Hilda on 10/18/2015 - 07:17 PM
Interesting that you should say that Hilda! I wrote a separate blog some time ago about going through your home and taking photos. It really does help people see their home in a whole new light!
Posted by Audrey Cupo on 10/18/2015 - 09:31 PM

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