Removing visual clutter and simplifying what is out at home can be accomplished even when you have struggled completing these projects in the past.
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[00:00:00] The aggravation from losing things over and over again, might be exactly what you need to finally make the decision to take the first steps and remove that visual glitter. Removing the visual clutter and simplifying what is out and about in your house. That can be accomplished. Even when you have struggled completing these types of projects in the past. On this episode today, I’m answering a question that was submitted by a listener. Just like you. You can submit your questions for me to answer on future episodes. By going to intentional edit.com. That’s intentional edit.com and a little record. Now button will pop up on the bottom or right side of the screen.
You just click on that button and then it prompts you how to submit your question. It is a super easy, and then we can begin putting an end to the struggles that you’re having with [00:02:00] clutter home organization, routines meal, planning, your schedule, your busy calendar. Whatever else you want help with.
We can tackle that and I can devote an entire episode to answering your question. again, go to intentional, edit.com. And click on that record. Now button submit your question and I will use it for a future episode on this podcast. Now, the question that came in today, Says. Too much stuff. Combined ADT is keeping me from having a home that doesn’t have visual clutter and all my stuff being everywhere. I’m always losing everything. I want it to be picked up because I have everything all over. It’s overstimulating, but I don’t know what to do to focus long enough to do that.
And how do I get it to stay that way? Thank you for submitting the question. It is a great question. And many of us here today can benefit from figuring out how do we not have so much visual clutter in our home. And. What do we do about constantly losing things or forgetting where we put something or not knowing where something is?
We want a simpler home. We want to simplify at home. We want things to stay picked up and we want to be able to find things when we need them. I have helped. Many many of you. We’ll figure this out. Going through the proper process to. Simplify your home to truly simplify your home. It is what matters.
And what’s going to get you there to that end the goal of a home that stays organized, and it is not adding to your stress, the frustration that comes from losing things or knowing you just had something like your keys or a water bottle or a paper that has some important information on it that you just wrote down, or even your phone. The wasted time and the aggravation it’s sometimes can be enough to say, Hey, wait a minute.
I am stressed out. I’m wasting time. I know that I am wasting [00:04:00] time. I’m tired of this. I’m really not the mom that I want to be in these moments of frustration. What needs to be done to change this and many, a times in this situation. And it leads to this thought of if only I were more organized or I just need to get organized, I need to get my house organized and organize my life, my house, whatever that is.
We need to get it together over here. And those are great thoughts. But it doesn’t always lead to action. We get stuck and the cycle goes round and round because here you are wanting something better, knowing it’s possible seeing people and maybe even being envious or jealous of those people and then feeling bad about yourself.
So that just creates more ammunition for the cycle to go round and round. we can do something about it. There’s a way to stop this. The clutter that she mentions in this question here is specifically visual clutter, but visual clutter comes from many places. And it’s almost always accompanied by a mental clutter, clutter and other areas.
And. Other parts of your life that are contributing to too much. Whether it’s the schedule is too. Busy there’s too many things happening. There is too much that you’re taking in. You’re overstimulated. A clutter is around us in many, many ways. It doesn’t just have to be physical, but when there’s visual clutter, there’s usually other types of clutter and the idea and the task that chore of removing the clutter purging on that work, it seems overwhelming.
One thing is we have to eliminate some of the physical clutter and that will help with the feeling of overwhelm those overall feelings of being overweight. Overwhelmed that come from the visual clutter, because that is overstimulating. It can’t do that. If it’s gone, once we were [00:06:00] move it, we remove that overstimulation.
Second thing is having a place where everything in your home, when it is not being used, when everything has a home within your home, or you can say everything has a storage location, it has a place to be put away. That means you always know where that item is. So you eliminate the problem of, I can’t find this.
I don’t know where this is. I just had this. Where did this go? It can’t. Can’t be masked by all the clutter because the clutter is gone and you took the time to implement proper organization so that it always has a place to be put back. And the routines that you have in your life that are easy routines that are now habit of putting things away, those are going to keep these things always being put away, always being put back.
So you are going to find something when you need it. It’s either out because you’re using it. It’s being used right now, or it’s clean and put away in a spot words, waiting to be used the next time that somebody needs it. And the third thing is I could just kind of mention this, but you have to have systems and routines in place. Systems and routines are what is going to make. A habit. To put the things back when you’re not using that. You have to create these habits so that you’re putting things away instead of constantly leaving them out.
If you want to reduce stress and overwhelm and limit some of that aggravation and annoyance that you’re feeling. Think about unloading the dishwasher. This is something we do on a regular basis when you have the dishes. The cycle is done. It’s clean. You’ve spent a few minutes unloading the dishwasher or someone else in your house might do that job as well.
It doesn’t always have to be the same person, but how does whoever that is, that’s putting the dishes away, know where to put them away. And how do you know where to find them when you need these things? This is simply because at one point they were given a [00:08:00] designated storage location. Silverware goes here at coffee cups, go here. Pots go here.
Pans, go here. Cutting sheets. Go here. All of these things have a location where they go now, think about how, if you’ve ever been in a situation where you’ve been really annoyed, because you can’t find something, you can’t find the spatula that you need, or a specific pan because you’re baking cookies or one little device or tool that you need for cooking dinner that night for something that you’re making.
So you’re super annoyed. You’re frustrated, you’re shuffling things around. You’re making a mask because you can’t find something. In the kitchen that you use, this could be a one time thing where you use it rarely or something you use regularly. But this thing seems to be missing. In reality, the person that uploaded the dishwasher, all that happened was they put it in a different location than where you usually put it or where you think that it should go. Now sure on occasion, when you have spent time removing the clutter and then intentionally organizing, this might happen. But you, when you intentionally organized, you’re putting things away where they make sense.
And that’s why in the simplified home masterclass, we go into every single room and discuss where it makes sense for things to go and be put away and stored so that it’s a natural place to look for them. And to put things back when you’re not using them. So back to the dishwasher situation, you’re you need this specialist or spoon or whatever you’re looking for, and you are so frustrated because you can’t find it because. Someone put it away in a place that doesn’t make sense when you intentionally organized, it goes to a more logical place for where you would use that item in the kitchen or what makes sense for. It would be stored.
You may have even decided that you were going to put labels when you did this organizing, and that can help a lot too. [00:10:00] So it allows you to be in a position where you make sure everything is put away in a proper location, and then your family benefits from finding whatever they need when they’re looking for it, when they need it.
And everyone knows where to put things back instead of cramming things into any spot in any cabinet or any drawer where there’s. A little bit of space and just jumping these things wherever they find the space, it takes the same amount of time to put something in a designated location that was created intentionally. To save time and maximize the use of your storage space and be efficient when you are cooking and using these items as it does to look in the cabinets and a fine. Any bit of open space to put something in, you want to eliminate the wasted time and you want to. Prevent yourself from being annoyed and frustrated because you can’t find something.
That’s why we want to be organized. That’s why we want to remove clutter. And that’s why we create the routines and have these systems in our home to make things easier and simplify everything. This is another example of how routines decluttering and organizing all are going to work together to streamline everything. And prevent not only the physical clutter, but the, the visual clutter from returning and making it possible for you to find what you need when you want it and preventing you from being annoyed and frustrated and just stressed out all the time. You can get more information on the simplified home masterclass and the programs that we use. In intentional edit to get your home truly streamlined and simplified.
Another option is go check out the simple home habits. Five week challenge. There is a link for that in the show description. For this episode, you can click on that. And that’s a great five week program where [00:12:00] we declutter one area in just a few minutes. And then you follow the routine that is going to keep that area from becoming cluttered again.
And so we practice implementing the routine in your home and keeping the clutter away and simplifying everything. It’s kind of like this like mini crash course and getting things done and making changes to, to get to that point where your entire home is simplified and organized. We want to do it with as minimal effort as possible for the biggest results. It’s possible. one other thing that pops into my mind is if you has a million things going on in your brain, and you constantly feel like you start one thing and. And then you start another and another and another, and you can’t complete anything and you never have enough time in the day. Go back and listen to episode 2 26.
Yes. I, yeah, I think it’s 2 26 where I go into detail about how you can use a timer to stay focused and keep you working on that one project. You can set a timer for 10 minutes, 15 minutes, 20 minutes. It doesn’t matter what the exact minutes are that you are putting on that timer, but you will use the timer.
And on 2 26, I go into detail about how to do this so that you can finally accomplish some of. These decluttering and organizing goals and explain how that will work and how that will help you. So if you can combine using a timer, removing clutter and setting up systems in your home to make sure you always know where what you’re looking for is located.
That is going to be super helpful to you. It’s going to benefit everyone in your home and it’s going to help you get to that in the goal of a simplified, streamlined, organized home. That feels good for you and your family. [00:14:00]
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Lauren is the founder of Intentional Edit, a home organization and lifestyle company focused on consciously editing to create efficient and organized spaces. Lauren believes that a functional home that looks and feels good has a positive influence on all aspects of life. Creating systems that allow for the home to function more efficiently, therefore, eliminating most of the clutter and chaos is her priority. While trends come and go organization is always in style!
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