Lots of us say, it's time for clutter organization, and roll up our sleeves to get to work. But can you actually organize clutter?
I basically gave away the punch line in my title, where I answer my own question. No, I don't think you can organize clutter.
Instead, I think trying to organize clutter is a dead end on your way to actual home organization.
I love home storage solutions, and think we should use more of them strategically in our homes. (Thus, the name of this blog - Home Storage Solutions 101).
However, it won't do you a lot of good to try to organize all the pieces of junk, crap, random stuff, and even trash you're currently holding onto in your home. There are just not enough storage containers up to the task, and there is also the physical limitation of the total amount of space you have in your home.
In addition, one of the main reasons to "get organized" is to save yourself time and energy by doing things efficiently. Every possession you own takes away some of your time and energy, by having to clean it, move it around, or pay to store it somewhere.
Remember that less stuff means less to clean, less to organize, less to store, and less mess.
Don't spend your time and energy on clutter and trying to organize it. It is just a big waste of time and energy that we should spend on something else more important and fulfilling.
That's why the last message in this section of the decluttering tips series, discussing the emotional reasons for clutter, is short and sweet: To actually get your home organized the first step is to declutter it!
Let go of the idea of clutter organization, and start getting your mind on the right path instead -- removing these items from your home to give you space to breathe, work and play.
If you're ready to get started on your path to a decluttered and organized home I've got a free plan you can use. It's called the 52 Week Organized Home Challenge, and each week we tackle a different room, area, or type of object in our house to get it organized.
But as I just mentioned above, the first step in every organization project is to declutter, so to help you with each of these 52 challenges I've also created a series of decluttering missions, called Declutter 365. These missions roughly correspond with the organizational challenges we're working on for each week so you both declutter and organize your whole house over the course of the year.
You can get a free year long plan that can help you slowly and steadily get rid of your clutter in small discrete steps using the free yearly Declutter 365 Calendar. Make sure to grab your copy today and join over a hundred thousand others who are using this plan to get rid of their clutter!
Once you're convinced to declutter your home, it sometimes happens that instead of making decluttering progress, you accidentally start shuffling your cluter around instead.
This is very similar to trying to organize your clutter, so make sure to also check out this article where I define decluttering progress, and explain how to avoid the trap of shuffling around your clutter.
This ends the section of the series about the emotional issues surrounding our clutter. Now that we've gotten in the right emotional state of mind to get our homes clean and clear of clutter it's time to get down to the nitty gritty of how to remove all that stuff from our homes.
So next week we're going to dive in, starting with the most fundamental part of the decluttering process: how to declutter your home using the three boxes and a trash bag strategy for getting rid of all the stuff weighing you down in your home emotionally and physically.
I would love to hear from you, sharing your thoughts, questions, or ideas about this topic, so leave me a comment below. I try to always respond back!