Clutter happens.

WHY CLUTTER HAPPENS

And clutter typically happens for one of the following reasons:
  1. Things do not have an established home.
  2. Things are not put back in their established home.
  3. There is more volume of a certain category of things than can reasonably fit in the home that’s been established for them. (Think dresser drawer overflowing with T-shirts or file cabinet drawer overflowing with papers.)

A PLACE FOR EVERYTHING, AND EVERYTHING IN ITS PLACE

The “home” is the common denominator here.

Items that are stored in established homes are NOT “clutter”; they are accessible, functional, helpful possessions that you can use as needed. They may even “spark joy”, as Marie Kondo suggests.

When volume gets too high in a certain category and the area is spilling over with stuff, it can be frustrating to try to put things back. So you don’t! This means it’s a good time to downsize the category keeping only the “best and brightest”.

USING A LIBRARY AS A MODEL

Think of your home like a library...When you go to the library, you look up a book in the catalog and you are pointed to a specific shelf in a specific aisle in a specific section of the library to find that book.  There's a level of security and comfort with that system...you can trust the book is going to be there.

What if your home were designed in that way? What if every item in your home had a set spot to live? You wouldn't need to "think"...you could just go to the designated spot and find the item you needed! How easy and convenient is that?!

CLUTTER AUDIT & CURE

If you take some time today to do a clutter audit in your home, you may encounter a living room, or kitchen, or bedroom that leaves you running scared from the clutter. Here’s your cure:
  1. Establish a home for all those items in that space that are currently without homes
  2. Return those items with homes to their established homes
  3. Reduce the volume of items from categories that have currently outgrown their established homes