Let me start by saying the person to whom clutter is not an issue is rare. Whether we want to admit it or not, we are all in some way owned by our possessions.  I think the first step to getting organized is to work from a vision of the life you want to live.  Take some time to determine how you want your life to look.  Ask yourself, “What is most important to me?; How do I want to spend my time?; How will I and my family live in this house?” From this vision, you can map out what the function of each room/space will be.

Another guideline that is helpful is this… You should not have anything in your home that you don’t think is beautiful or functional.

Our homes are a metaphor for our lives ~ they represent who we are and what we value.  When your house is a wreck, life doesn’t go as smoothly as it  could.  If you think of clutter as delayed decisions this may help you to go ahead and decide what to do with each item that is taking up space in your home and life.  Make a decision ~ this is so empowering!

Get rid of clutter FAST! Grab two trash bags.  Every day for a week take ten minutes to go around your house and fill one bag with trash ~ old papers, torn and unusable clothing, out-of-date magazines, anything that you would classify as garbage.  Fill the other garbage bag with items you want out of your house ~ donate to friends, family or charity.

If decluttering the whole house is too overwhelming, start with the most cluttered room; tackle it first and then move on to the others.

Clutter sucks life away!  It leaves you depressed, overwhelmed, unmotivated and unable to breathe.  Don’t let clutter prevent you from enjoying the precious moments of your life.

“A home is the beginning of every day.  Changing it changes your life.”  ~ Peter Walsh