Often a life change causes us to become disorganized and feel like our lives consist of solely clutter. The life event could be anything from the first day of school to a death in the family – and within minutes our lives can become sheer chaos. Today is the first day of autumn – as you look out the window and notice things changing outside use this to motivate yourself to make a positive step forward. Rather than letting life changes cause clutter, let nature inspire organization. It doesn’t always have to be spring cleaning where we clear out the junk and reorganize our lives. Let the change of a new season bring an opportunity to reevaluate your home and your life to find a new occasion to get rid of the clutter!
As we say goodbye to summer and hello to fall, take this time to organize your life. Target areas of your home where the clutter took over during the summer months.
1. Clean out the garage. Empty it out completely. Sweep the floor. Get rid of the cobwebs in the corners. Donate or throw away any unused or broken toys, lawn equipment, tools, etc. If you have not used it in the past year…it’s time to let it go! Put everything back in the garage. Make this a family event.
2. Tackle the kitchen junk drawer. Throw away the summer camp schedules or pool rules list. Summer is over!
3. Clean the summer gear. Wash all the bathing suits and beach towels one last time and put them away for the season. Throw away any that have holes or were not worn this past summer.
4. Clean up the back yard. Sweep off the back porch. Pick up all the outside toys. Prep your gardens for the winter months.
5. If the idea of organizing your house or even a room seems overwhelming, consider hiring a professional organizer. An organizer will work one-on-one with you help you conquer the clutter. Contact the National Association of Professional Organizers, St. Louis Chapter to find an organizer in the St. Louis area.
If you work to get your house organized at the change of each season, spring cleaning won’t be such a dreaded task. Spread the work load – get your family involved. Take a hint from the leaves – as they change colors – change your habits and clear up the clutter in your home! You’ll be so glad you did.
Theresa Finnigin is a professional organizer, speaker, writer and owner of Ready Aim Organize. Theresa is a member of the National Association of Professional Organizers (NAPO) and NAPO St. Louis Chapter. The mission of Ready Aim Organize is to rid homes and offices of clutter and chaos to ensure time is not wasted and each day is more productive and peaceful than the one before! Sign up now to receive the FREE Ready Aim Organize e-newsletter.