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Why It's Easier to Help a Friend Organize Than to Tackle Your Own Clutter (and How to Beat Decision Fatigue) bedroom brain closet declutter psychology May 19, 2024

Ever notice how it's way easier to help a friend organize their house than to deal with your own mess? That's decision fatigue at play. But don’t worry, I've got some practical tips to help you power through those tasks at home!

What is Decision Fatigue?

Decision fatigue is when making too many choices wears down your mental energy. By the end of the day, even simple decisions, like which Tupperware lids to keep, feel overwhelming. It's like your brain just wants to shut down and avoid...

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Breaking Free from "Just in Case" Embracing a Clutter-Free Office May 01, 2024

Do you often find yourself holding onto items "just in case" you might need them later? This common behavior can be traced back to various psychological reasons such as fear of scarcity, sentimental attachments, or a belief in potential future use. Despite rarely using these items, the thought persists: "Maybe I better keep this, just in case."

Many of us have inherited this mindset from our upbringing, especially in households where resources were scarce and everything was kept. You might...

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Decluttering with heart: Honouring memories without the clutter Apr 21, 2024

Letting go as a gain not a loss.

If you’re overwhelmed by the piles of sentimental items in your home, you're not alone. Many of us struggle with the guilt and obligation of parting with gifts from loved ones or family heirlooms. However, it’s crucial to remember that true memories and affection are not housed in these objects but within our experiences and relationships.

Understanding Emotional Attachments

It's natural to feel a strong emotional attachment to items given to us by...

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The Science of Sleep: How Decluttering Your Bedroom Can Lead to Better Rest Apr 18, 2024

 

As a mom, parent, daughter and full-time (often exhausted) professional organizer, I've observed firsthand the transformative power of a well-organized environment on mental and physical health. One of the most impactful places to start is where we begin and end our day: the bedroom. The connection between a clutter-free bedroom and improved sleep quality is not only intuitive but is also supported by scientific research.

The Psychological Impact of Clutter

Clutter, by its very nature,...

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Decluttering: How to step out of your own way and gain your life back Apr 14, 2024

Are you tired of feeling like your home is just a storage unit for all the "just in case" items you've accumulated over the years? It's time to step out of your own way and get what you really want: more space, more time, and more peace of mind.

Clutter has a sneaky way of stealing our joy and the life we imagined when we first welcomed these items into our homes. It overwhelms us, shames us, exhausts us, and loads us with guilt. But why does it have such power over us? Because clutter is...

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When clutter clashes: Navigating the messy intersection of relationships and decluttering Apr 07, 2024

Are you feeling frustrated, overwhelmed, or even angry because your partner won’t help you declutter?

You're not alone. I’ve seen firsthand how clutter can strain relationships, affecting mental, physical, and financial health. Let’s explore the costs of clutter and how you can work with your partner to find a path through the mess.

The cost of clutter

Mentally:

Clutter isn’t just physical; it’s psychological. Living in a cluttered space can significantly...

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Letting go isn't losing... Apr 02, 2024

Let's break it down in simpler terms with a focus on your bathroom clutter. Think about it like this: your bathroom is that one room in your house where you get ready in the morning and maybe unwind at night. It's full of stuff you use every day, like your toothbrush and towels, but also, if you're like a lot of us, it's got those things you bought and never really used. Maybe it's a fancy face cream that promised miracles or a bath bomb collection you swore you'd indulge in.

Why we hold onto...

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Quick Wins: 4 Simple Ways to Streamline Your Kitchen and Pantry in Under an Hour Apr 01, 2024

I understand the importance of functionality over perfection when it comes to creating an organized space. You don't need a complete overhaul to transform your kitchen and pantry – small changes can make a big difference. Today, I'm sharing four quick and practical tips that you can implement in less than an hour to streamline your kitchen and pantry.

1. Tackle a Drawer: Start by selecting one drawer in your kitchen to declutter and reorganize. Empty its contents onto the counter...

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"I'll just put it here for now"- The slow path to clutter and how to avoid it. Mar 31, 2024

Have you ever paused to think about how often you say, "I'll just put it here for now"? If I challenged you to walk around your house right now, I bet you'd find that most of your clutter is a lot of items you placed down with that exact phrase in mind. The truth is, when we leave these piles here day after day, week after week, month after month, our house slowly morphs into a cluttered, overwhelming space.

Often, the reason we choose any spot as temporary storage is that we aren’t...

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The perfectionist's dilemma: Letting go of clutter. Mar 30, 2024

Have you ever looked around your home and wondered how you ended up with so much stuff? You're not alone. A lot of us hold onto things we don't really need, and sometimes, it's all because we're trying to be perfect.

Yes, you heard me right. Trying to make everything just right can lead to more clutter. Let's look at why this happens and how we can break free.

Why Do We Hang On? Perfectionism isn't just about wanting things to be perfect; it's also about fearing to make the wrong decision....

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It could be costing you more to keep it! Mar 28, 2024

The High Cost of Holding On: Rethinking the Value of Clutter

As a professional organizer and decluttering expert, I often encounter individuals overwhelmed by their possessions, struggling under the weight of clutter that has insidiously taken over their living spaces—and, by extension, their lives. A common thread in these situations is the perceived value of items, a psychological anchor that can make the process of decluttering seem insurmountable.

The Illusion of Value

Many of us...

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How to stop keeping things "just in case". Mar 24, 2024

Breaking the Chains of Clutter: A Path to Psychological Freedom

Over 15 years as a professional organizer, I've observed a common thread among many clients: the deep-seated need to keep everything "just in case." This behaviour often stems from learned habits passed down from parents who may have lived through times when resources were scarce and holding onto items was a necessity rather than a choice. Today, however, this habit can lead to clutter that overruns physical spaces and impacts...

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Where to take donations Mar 14, 2024

In the spirit of giving and sustainability, donating your old clothing, household items, and electronics can make a significant difference in the lives of others while also benefiting the environment. Across North America, numerous nonprofit organizations welcome your donations with open arms. These organizations offer your items a second life and support various social causes, from fighting poverty to empowering communities. Here are some notable nonprofit organizations where your donations...

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Are you a stasher? Let's change this habit together... Mar 03, 2024

As a professional organizer (and as a human who once stashed), I understand how easily the habit of stashing things away can lead to clutter, creating both physical and mental blocks in your life. Being a "Stasher" often stems from a desire to deal with items "later," but without a clear plan, "later" becomes "never," and the clutter grows. Your future self is never happy with your present self. Let's explore how we can address this habit, transform your spaces, and improve your mental...

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