When Is The Right Time to Declutter?
The idea of living a simplified life with less stuff sounds attractive to many. Some people are naturally able to remove clutter from their lives. Others have a hard time letting go.
When I mention that I work as a professional organiser and declutterer, the next likely comment is;
“I could do with you at my house”
Almost everyone has some clutter, however is that the same as being READY to declutter successfully?
This Easy Yes/No Test Will Show If You Really Are Ready Now
* Have you been through a major life change such as bereavement or divorce in the last 3-6 months?
* Do you wish other people would stop showing disapproval of how much stuff you have?
* Do you believe that getting rid of things from your past will help you to let go?
If you can answer Yes to ANY of these questions then now is probably not the right time for you to be ringing your nearest professional organiser and here’s why:
There is a right time to declutter and organise after a major life event.
Wanting to move on is great but, for best and lasting results, this is usually after the initial period of change has been weathered. Give focus to your emotions and then move on when the time is right. Only you will know when this is.
- Decluttering is not about tidying, it’s about a change in how you do things and deal with things.
Any change can be positive and exciting but it may also be challenging. You have to be ready for change and not attempt it because someone else in your life thinks it would be a good idea (even if the intentions are good).
- Letting go can free your mind and create space.
There’s a great sense of satisfaction and achievement when your life is less cluttered. A few, well chosen items in a ‘precious memories’ box can give pleasure and consolation but reminders of bad experiences can reinforce negatives thoughts and self image. Part of acknowledging life experience and moving forward is knowing what to rid yourself of and what to take with you to the next stage of your life.
Are you ready to declutter and move on?
If so, you may well want the experience and practical support of one of Australia’s growing band of Professional Organisers. Find your nearest one through AAPO (Australiasian Association of Professional Organisers) or if you live within 90 of CBD Sydney…