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dealing with too many clothes 2Are you closets bursting at the seams, drawers stuffed full and clothes hanging out on chairs, floors, in laundry baskets and other surfaces?

Imagine being able to open your closet with ease and getting dressed in the morning in peace! It can be done with a little work and some general guidance.

Imagine walking into your laundry room and seeing the floor!

So let’s get started:

Step #1 Establish a base camp – this is where you are going to gather ALL your clothes.

Step #2 Gather ALL YOUR CLOTHES – go find all your clothes and bring them into base camp. Start Step #3 at this time too!

Step #3 Do your laundry – Start your laundry and as it is done bring the clothing into base camp. (this can be happening while you are doing the other steps so you don’t lose momentum)

Step #4 Sort It Out – Put your clothing into categories that make sense to you.   Like with Like based on how you use them, when you use them and what function they serve in your life. This is a key step to getting organized, do not skip this step!!!!

Step #5 PURGE – Time to let go of all those things that you do not wear, need or love NOW. This is a tough step but make the decision based on what is serving you in your life now…does that clothing make you feel fabulous NOW, is it comfortable NOW, does it get used NOW. Let go of the past and live in the NOW!

Step #6 Get HELP if you are struggling – sometimes you just have to have someone else to be there to help you move through the process and help you make the decisions. Ask a compassionate friend, family member of hire a professional organizer to get you through the process with grace and ease. Contact me if you want my help, we can do this in person or virtually!

The myth most people fall back on is ‘I don’t have enough closet space’. From my over a decade of experience this is normally not true…most people use 20% of what they own, if you only kept what you needed and used you most likely have enough room….AND its is so much easier to maintain. 

Benefits of decluttering your clothes 2Benefits of decluttering your clothing and closets include – simplify your life, save time and reduce anxiety. It is worth the little bit of effort!

To get my help contact me here:

http://kaossolutions.com/tackle-the-clutter

Kim

 

 

 

5 Questions To Ask Yourself i might maybe someday need thisDo you find yourself stalled trying to declutter your space because you keep thinking you might, maybe someday need this stuff? Everything seems to have a ‘potential’ use and you KNOW just when you let that go you will need it. So you keep it…and never use it.

The law of attraction comes into play when we let things go. The law states what we focus on expands. It’s like when you buy a new car, all of a sudden you see that car everywhere, because you are focused on it…looking for them. The same thing happens when you declutter, the stuff you ruminate about letting go of will all of a sudden be needed, because your're looking for an ‘I told you so’ about letting it go.  

But I can tell you from 12 years of experience that when you do let that stuff go, even when you may need it in the future you find an alternative solutions and only miss it for a few minutes, a lot less time than you most likely would have spent searching for it in your cluttered space.

I use to be a preschool teacher, decades ago, and I could see potential in all kinds of stuff that could be used for crafts for the kids. All you crafters out there know what I am talking about…with a creative mind EVERYTHING has the potential be transformed into something else, so you keep everything. Eventually you have so much you can’t possibly use it all. At some point I had to really evaluate all the stuff I was keeping, some of it had been in my pile for years and I never used it. So I spent some time decluttering and letting the unused stuff go, being realistic that if I had not used it in years I was not going to.

To Help you evaluate things to let go here are 5 Questions I ask myself and my clients when they are struggling with letting things go that they think they might, maybe someday need:

  1. What is the worst thing that can happen if you don’t have that item?
  2. Will you actually be able to find it if you did need it?
  3. Could it be replaced by something else in the house?
  4. Could you borrow the same item from someone else if you needed it?
  5. Is it worth the cost to store it indefinitely?

What you focus on expandsWe all think we need to be prepared for everything, the trade off is a cluttered overwhelmed space. I believe we can live a simpler life with less to maintain. Instead of focusing on what we let go of, how about focusing on what you get – a clear, calm simplified home.

If you are struggling with letting things go and decluttering you space it’s time to get help:

http://kaossolutions.com/tackle-the-clutter

Kim

5 Tips on releasing family treasures nobody wants

Have you become your family landfill? Do you have all these family treasures that have memories or are family heirlooms that nobody wants but they also don’t want you to get rid of them.

It is possible to preserve the memories without keeping everything and without being the family landfill. You do not have to keep all that stuff!

We had this issue when my grandmother passed away years ago. She had not only her house but also the cottage full of collectables, heirlooms and memories. Going through it all it was tough on us to decide what we wanted to keep and what to let go of…everything had memories. We had to make the decision to let the stuff we did not want go…so that my dads place did not become a landfill.

Here are my 5 tips on letting it go:

Take time for the memories – it’s okay to have the memories, cry if you have to, laugh if that is what comes up. Honour the memories, not the thing!

Take a photo or video of the object – photos and videos will help you preserve the memories but they take up so much less space.

Save one of a big collection – You do not have to keep all the teacups or frogs, pick one or two to keep the memory without keeping the whole collection.

Pay it forward – There are a lot of people out in the world that would honour and cherish the item if you let it go. Trust the universe to get it where it is needs to go. You do not honour your family treasures by storing them in a box, cluttering up your space and only looking at them once every 10 years or so. Let them go, and let others cherish them.

Release the guilt – Stuff is stuff. It is meant to make our life better. It is not meant to bury us and create chaos and anxiety and overwhelm. Please release the guilt about letting them go and allow yourself that it is just stuff.

People are NOT their things!   I repeat…PEOPLE ARE NOT THEIR THINGS!   We cannot keep everything that ever belongs to all our ancestors, we will be buried in the past with no room for the future. Make room for your future, honour the past respectfully but let the stuff go!

I am now giving you permission to let go of the extra stuff without the guilt!

If you want help letting it go, connect with me, I will coach your through it, in person or virtually wherever you are in the world. That is my mission in life – to help you release the overwhelm and calm your life!

http://kaossolutions.com/let-s-talk

Kim

decluttering struggle do you get stuck in memory lane

Do you get stuck in your memories when you try to declutter?  Taking so much time because you take a long trip down memory lane for each things you touch that you never actually get things done?

There are some tricks you can use to keep yourself on track and keep moving.  You Can Do This!

Imagine being able to honour the memories and still get through the piles.

My Dad is famous for his stories and when I was helping him downsize I found he took forever if he had an audience to tell his stories to. We got to the point where we had to give him assignments and send him off to do it himself because he got stuck in telling the story if he had someone to tell it to.  On his own he managed to move forward with moving deadlines keeping him going.

Everything has a story when you bring it into the light.  But you can move forward and make progress if you are determined.

Here are my top 4 tips for dealing with going down memory lane without getting stuck too long:

Understand Your Own Personal Tendencies – memories bring out emotions and if you are an emotional person it may take you longer to deal with these things.  Embrace the fact you may need more time than others and allow yourself to feel the feelings…just don’t get stuck there.

One Pile at A Time – don’t overwhelm yourself with a whole room when you start.  Do one pile/box at a time and reward yourself for each pile you get through.

set a timer to keep you on trackSet A Timer – give yourself a specific amount of time to trick your brain into keeping you on task.  If your mind knows its being timed it will do what it can to get things done in that time.  Be honest and realistic in your timing so you do not set yourself up for failure.

Preserve The Memory – take a picture of the object to help you preserve the memory without keeping everything you touch.  If you are a story teller, take the picture, then later when you have time do a video or journal about the memory!

It may feel like you will never get through the piles but I encourage you to take it one pile at a time, one box at a time.  The way to success is to keep moving forward no matter how slow.  Take a step, then another. 

If you are really struggling and can’t seem to get yourself moving on your own, give me a call.  My passion and mission in life is to help people like you to clear the overwhelm and live a peaceful calm life!  I can do that in person in the Greater Moncton Area or coach you virtually online.  Just don’t give up and do nothing!

Check out my decluttering and downsizing packages today! 

http://kaossolutions.com/downsizing

Wishing you a peaceful calm day!

Kim

3 tips to stop moving clutter from one room to anotherWhen you tackle a decluttering projects do you find yourself moving your clutter from one spot to another, making a bigger mess everywhere you go by spreading the clutter all around?

Being organized in your approach to decluttering can help stop the chaos from spreading and help you stay focused on the area you are working in.

I use to have this problem all the time, I would routinely make a bigger mess everywhere else as I was tackling a space, only to run out of time to tackled the other spaces I ‘messed up’ as I went. But over the past 12 years of being a professional Organizer I have learned the system to staying focused and getting a job done! Thank Goodness or I might have been out of a job if I made clients spaces messier than when I started lol

Tips to stay focused:

SORT IT OUT – before you move anything anywhere else think about what this clutter is, what goes together, and think about where it actually belongs. Have a box for the other areas in the home that the stuff that is moving actually belongs. Keep like with like to make putting it back easier after.

BE RUTHLESS AND REDUCE – Realize that to actually declutter you have to let things go not just move them around. Reduce – Reduce –Reduce. It’s all about simplifying your life and to do that you have to simplify how much stuff you have. Does this stuff serve you NOW? No, then let it go!

GIVE IT A HOME – To be organized everything has to have a home to live. Make the decisions while you go and decide where these things should live. PLAN the time to actually do this step so you don’t end up with a bunch of boxes full of stuff with no home.

stop moving clutterI know lots of you will resist the reducing and use the excuse that the stuff is important, I can’t possibly give it away. You have to be HONEST with yourself and make the decision of what you want your space to be, do you want it to be a peaceful calm home for you or do you want it to be a storage space for your stuff. You decide!!

If you have had enough of the clutter and struggle with tackling it on your own, check out my decluttering packages. Together we can get it done quicker, easier and I am a pro at keeping you focused on the task at hand!

Decluttering packages:  http://kaossolutions.com/downsizing

Your Personal Clutter Coach,

Kim