Organizing Tip: Weed Through Your Stuff, Constantly
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Yes, weeding is not only something you do in a garden, but something you must do in your living spaces as well. Let's do a comparison, shall we?
In a garden, we must weed constantly so that the weeds don't overtake the garden and suffocate the plants we truly love and enjoy. If we never do the weeding, the weeds will quickly consume the garden. If we weed only occasionally, the garden will survive, but the weeds will still be quite prevalent, will interfere with the garden's ability to live and grow, and the weeds be tougher to pull if left too long. If we weed constantly, the weeds are easy to pull, the garden will thrive, and we will be able to fully enjoy the beauty and peace the garden can provide.
OK, so now, substitute the word 'clutter' for weeds, and the words 'home' and 'family' for garden. It now goes something like this:
In a home, we must weed constantly so that the clutter doesn't overtake the home and suffocate the people and possessions we truly love and enjoy. If we never do the weeding, the clutter will quickly consume the home and people in it. If we weed only occasionally, the home and family will survive, but the clutter will still be quite prevalent, will interfere with the family's ability to live and grow, and the clutter will be tougher to deal with if left too long. If we weed constantly, the clutter is easy to remove, the home and family will thrive, and we will be able to fully enjoy the beauty and peace our home can provide.
*The organizing phrase, 'Weed Constantly', comes from organizing expert, Kathy Waddill, author of 'The Organizing Sourcebook: Nine Strategies for Simplifying Your Life'. Kathy explains that, "...aside from the personal reasons people hang on to things, our materialistic culture pressures us to have more than we need. Every day we’re barraged with paper, news, advertising and information. When you keep things you’re not actively using, they get in your way and create work for you. It requires constant vigilance to prevent yourself from being overwhelmed by the onslaught. Keep everything weeded down so you can retain a semblance of control over life."
Linda English - Owner/Professional Organizer
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