By Deborah J. Cabral
As The DeClutter Coach, my team and I work with busy families to cut the clutter, get organized and regain control of their space and time. Life gets crazy, and as working parents we have to juggle the never-ending responsibilities of family, home and work obligations. In addition, as “Super Moms,” we volunteer for PTA, teach religious education and coach our children’s sports teams. So many responsibilities, so little time. Something has to give. Unfortunately, it is usually our home.
We teach our clients the DOM Process — DeClutter, Organize and Maintain. To declutter is to rid your home of items you no longer need or use. Remember, visual clutter breeds mental clutter. Organizing is creating a space for everything you own so it can be easily accessible. There should be a place for everything and everything in its place. Maintaining is creating a routine to keep things in order. Keep in mind, the more you own the more you have to maintain.
The most important step is to JUST START! As we tell our clients, starting is the hardest part. Commit to decluttering five to 10 minutes every day without fail. Select the area of your home that is causing you the most stress, whether it’s the kitchen, the living room or the mudroom. Put on some comfy clothes and get working — no excuses. Small steps over the long haul yield big results. As time permits, increase your decluttering time to 30 minutes or even an hour a day.
Once you have decluttered and organized one drawer, closet or room in your home it will motivate you to continue. Make it a family project. Your home should be your sanctuary, a place to rest and rejuvenate. Don’t let clutter take over your home. Conquer it by starting today!