Cleaning Up Around The House

The inability to declutter-your-home may be due to compulsive-hoarding for some. A huge reality in fact for some people. And for others, it's more a matter of procrastination, and lack of basic organizational skills. Reduce your carbon footprints and don't let accumulating household items get out of hand.

It's time to do some cleaning out and you feel frozen, like you just can't seem to move. I feel this way especially in the Spring when I know this is the best time to get it done, and I don't have a problem with hoarding.

As the snow melts, and I can see the damage done to the yard over the Winter, I know what's involved in getting things looking nice for the summer. In the meantime, I still have inside housework going on, outside work to do, and a job to go to.

There doesn't seem to be enough hours in the day sometimes for the more detailed job of organizing that I have to do.

Though the situation seems hopeless enough to paralyze me sometimes it eventually ALWAYS gets done.

For me, three things help push me to get going and keep up the momentum.

I have taken the pressure of a time-limit away.

For some reason, I always designated the end of May as the time when everything had to be finished. It dawned on me one day, that there was just no reason for this. With time being limited for other things, it just wasn't realistic.

And so, I see the Spring and the Summer in general as my timeframe. It's a work in progress to declutter-your-home and realistically, takes a few months or more at least.

I have to force myself to stop seeing the overall picture.

This is where the "overwhelmed" feeling comes in.

I can't look at closets and cupboards, drawers, and the basement for example all at once. It just upsets me. I make myself pick one spot, and concentrate on that one area until it is finished. Move on only when that area is the way I want it.

Everything has a place, and everything has a home.

This is the best way to train your thinking in terms of getting things put away and organized.

(If I could get my husband to think in these terms, my job would be cut in half...but, it's not to be apparently.)

Whether it's inside or outdoor items being given away, put in the trash, donated or being sold, it doesn't matter.

Categorize and give every item a particular spot for where it is headed, or where it is going to stay permanently in your house.

Depending on how much you have accumulated over a time period, the sorting process can be frustrating, but there are household-organizational-tips to deal with these things.

The rule to follow usually if you are serious and want to start to declutter-your-home is if you haven't used it, worn it, or thought about it in six months to a year, than it's likely you don't need the item. You should dispose of it, and you won't miss it either.

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Well, when it comes time to declutter-your-home, these decisions can pose quite a dilemma or not even apply.

Some of us like to collect certain things. We all have some family treasures and valuables we want to keep forever.

We may have been raised to not throw certain things away because that is being very smart and very thrifty. Too much of this extreme can cause a problem though when it comes to declutter-your-home.

Certainly I think everything has it's boundaries and limits as well as reasonable circumstances when deciding what to keep.

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You can however, differentiate between what is defined as someone who clutters or hoards, but shows excessive compulsive behaviors in that area.

These excessive behaviors would result in for example the accummulation of gigantic collections of limited or valueless items that are of no use at all. Not only can't the owner bring themselves to part with these incredible piles of "junk", they can't seem to organize or follow through the entire process of an attempt to get started.

If you have tons of time, and can't seem to accomplish anything, personally I think that would definately be an issue.

Attention-deficit-disorder and hyperactivity (ADHD) seems to play a part in the symptoms exhibited by those people who are obsessed with compulsive-hoarding. This would surely affect the ability to declutter-your-home.

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So, maybe there is something else going on with someone you know who you might have always classed as messy, a terrible housekeeper, or just not as organized as you are.

Is This Someone You Know? Is This You?

*This series of questions were formed by a Recovery Group, who feel that the answers may have some significance on the extreme inability to organize.

Does thinking about clutter overwhelm you?

Do your repeated efforts to clean up and get organized not last?

Are you ashamed to have people in your house?

Do you buy things constantly for fear of running out?

Do you have multiples of everything, simply because you couldn't find the original in the first place when you wanted it?

Does your partner comment negatively about living conditions?

Do you feel like you never accomplish anything fully as you
flit from one chore to the next? This could be a tendency towards ADHD.

The more noise, the better you can concentrate? Possible ADHD tendency.

Are you easily distracted? Possible ADHD tendency.

Do you use the excuse that it will just get messy again anyway and then stop your efforts when trying to declutter-your-home?

Do you keep things that are broken, because you think that they will get fixed at some point?

Do you hold onto poor relationships because you don't think you can do any better?

Do you believe you aren't deserving of better than what you have now?

Does your life feel lacking as opposed to being successful?

Is it hard to determine what is reasonable to keep and what isn't?

Obsessed with hoarding food? Could you feed an army with what you have on hand right now? - Symptom of hoarding.

Do you keep obvious trash items like food-boxes, paper wrappers, garbage items that have obvious odors to them? - Symptom of hoarding.

Answering "yes" up to 4 questions - You probably don't have cluttering problems or severe issues.

Answering "yes" up to 5 or more questions - You just may be a habitual clutterer, and chronically disorganized.

Don't despair. Help and advice is available to help you, which can enable you to declutter-your-home once and for all.

Clutterless Recovery Group

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