Clutter Strategy #1-Pick a Number

Pick a number and then stick with it is one of my favorite organizing strategies.

What do I mean? Well, how many coffee cups do you really need vs. how many you have?

For that matter, how many fleece jackets, vest or pullovers do I really need? My weakness is for all things fleece. My closet space is finite and not big to start with. So pick a number, I must.

The shelf space for coffee mugs and tea cups. How many do you have? How many do you need? The shelf will only hold so many.

The trick is don’t pick a number that FILLS the space, give yourself a little extra room.

How simple is it to put things away in your kitchen? How about your clothes? If there are too many layers of dishes in the closet or the drawers of your dresser close only when your laundry needs washing, these are signs you have overwhelmed the system with too many items.

Not enough room, doors or drawers that stick or hard to open, complicated systems, are unseen barriers to organization. Mentally, we just don’t want to go there. So we leave the dishes in the sink, dish rack or dishwasher longer than necessary, because it is easier.

Look around for places in your physical world where the containers are overflowing. Closets, drawers, baskets, containers of all sorts. Where are you finding yourself putting things down and NOT away, or worse yet? Tripping over them. These are indicators it is time to do some editing.

Remember to leave some extra wiggle room, the handles of the coffee cups will thank you.

Bettina Blanchard

About Bettina Blanchard

It’s not what we have, it’s what we do that makes life fun. Professional organizer, business owner, radio show host, accordion player, I love to live and write about finding the balance between having and doing.