It's About Time
Getting rid of clutter has many values
What do you think is the best way to add value to your home?
A recent program on HGTV, the decorating channel, featured the Top 25 ways, the focus being on home improvements that add to the selling price.
Beginning with No. 25 (home office remodel), it counted up to the Top 3: minor kitchen remodel; minor bathroom remodel, and then No. 1.
I thought, "I bet I know what No. 1 is - Clear out the clutter!" My reasoning was that no matter how beautiful or spacious a home is, the presence of clutter can seriously distract and diminish its value.
But that was my professional organizer's way of looking at it, and I wasn't even close! The program's top suggestion was to replace old siding! What a surprise - to me and to many viewers, I'm sure.
But I stand by my assessment that clutter seriously distracts from a home's value, let alone one's daily enjoyment and ability to relax in the home setting.
If clutter and excess have crept into your home or office and if it has it become an eyesore or detriment to working and living comfortably, are you uncomfortable enough to change?
here are some steps to corral and clear out the clutter and create a clear, comfortable space conducive to living and working.
1. CLARIFY your vision. Instead of thinking of decluttering as an item on your "To Do" list, set your vision is for your home or work space. Do you want it to be a tranquil, refreshing, relaxing retreat? An inspiring, inviting space to work? My vision is a home and office that really reflects who I am and want to be, not the clutterbug that's reflected now.
2. COMMIT anew. Do you want change more than the status quo? Are you willing to commit to putting in the required, extended effort?
3. CAPITALIZE on your mood. I've found that the best time to attack an area is when you're frustrated with it. My saying is, "The best time to purge is when you have the urge!"
4. CONCENTRATE on a specific area of frustration. It could be a certain pile, drawer, shelf or cabinet. If you attempt too many areas, you'll end up with a bigger mess than you had before - not a good thing.
5. COMMENCE today! If you're motivated and ready, it's good to "strike while the iron is hot"! In fact, most of the clutter probably got there due to procrastination in the first place.
6. CHISEL away and remove what doesn't fit your original vision. Who knew that magnificent statue of David was in a block of marble? Michelangelo did. And he created David by chipping away everything that didn't belong.
Likewise, as you chisel away and remove any and all items that don't belong in your space, you'll find that something of beauty and enjoyment lies beneath.
I've run out of space but not out of "C" words, so I'll continue next time. See you in two weeks!
Ruth Wong owns Organization Plus. Contact her care of the Honolulu Star-Bulletin, 7 Waterfront Plaza, Suite 210, Honolulu 96813, call 488-0288 or e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org