Tuesday, January 29, 2013

Time To Dream

Welcome to my series about how to get rid of your clutter.

For today's task I want you to dream.  I want you to really think about how you want to use the spaces in   your home.  For instance, if you are planning on de-cluttering the living room, stop and think about what activities you see you and your family doing in this room.  Will you entertain friends and family in here?  Is this where your children play most of the time?  Will the kids do homework in here?  Is this room mostly for watching TV?

By knowing how you intend to use the room it will help you decide what stays in that room and what has to go.  You may find that it just doesn't work having the kids do their homework in there because the TV is too big of a distraction.  Perhaps moving the desk elsewhere will open up a spot for more seating for when you entertain.

How about the dining room?  When you were shopping for your dining room table (or kitchen table if you don't have a dining room) did you purchase this table with the idea of it holding old bills, junk mail, craft supplies, 3 dead batteries and a couple of broken candles?  Or did you envision warm gatherings of friends and family all enjoying fabulous food that you cooked from scratch?

Figuring out how you want to use the space is the first step in de-cluttering.  It is also one of the most crucial.  It's surprising how many people miss this step completely but if you don't know what your goal is, how do you know when you reach it?

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