You don’t have to be a hoarder to feel overwhelmed by the prospect of an organised home. For most of us, an environment where every paper is in its place is nothing more than an elusive fantasy.
How to get organised? “Start somewhere,” said Los Angeles organising consultant Kim Anker-Paddon. “It doesn’t matter where. I usually start with something that is bothering the client but is not so big that it’s overwhelming.”
Acknowledging that organised living takes commitment, time and loads of effort (and in some cases, finances), Anker-Paddon shared some simple tips on how to get organised in 2014:
1. Bring less into your house. I encourage people to raise the bar on what they buy and what they keep. Most of the people I work with have a lot of stuff. Instead of just liking something, keep the things you love that add to your life in some way. Once things are in the house, it’s harder to get rid of stuff. Donate things to the best charity possible rather than sell them, unless you are really good at it. A lot of times you just don’t get much money for your things. And if your goal is to get organised, it’s best to get the stuff out of the house.
2. Know exactly where you will put what you’re bringing into the house. Think about it before you acquire the object. Many clients can’t find what they are looking for so they go out and buy it again.