I Decluttered!….. Now What?

Congratulations! You’ve gone through your house, disposed of or donated items you haven’t used in years, know exactly where everything is, and feel very accomplished, but somehow, things still feel cluttered or messy and you still feel like you’re not in control of your space. Why??

Because decluttering is just the first step.

Managed Chaos is all about decluttering, but the next steps are the big ones. As someone once said, “If you always do what you’ve always done, you’ll always get what you’ve always got.”

Real change takes change in behaviors and habits. It takes a “pivot” in our way of doing things. Did you know that on average, it takes sixty-six days to develop a habit?

So, after decluttering, the next step is to take a step back and look at the areas that really bother you. Maybe it’s laundry or toys everywhere? Perhaps you need to get the kids on board, so you don’t feel like the maid? This blog addresses those issues: https://managed-chaos.com/for-parents-teaching-life-skills-can-help-reduce-clutter-and-save-time/ .

Whatever the area is, the next step is to develop a system to make the space work for your lifestyle. That’s where Managed Chaos can help. We can find ways to make your space work for you. Whether it’s recommending a closet organizer to make your closet or pantry more functional, setting up areas for your kids to access what they need for the next school day, or setting up a system for incoming papers for your office or working from home, we can help.

However, once those systems are set up, it still all comes down to you. Systems are great if they’re used. Old habits can be difficult to break. And while we strive to create systems that work with your current habits, it still goes back to that saying, “If you always do what you’ve always done, you’ll always get what you’ve always got.” For example: let’s say you have a habit of dropping keys, mail, etc. on the dining table every day, so we develop a system near that area that allows organization of those items in an efficient, uncluttered manner. Having that system is great if you take the time to use it. If you still come in and bypass that area and still toss the mail on the table, then you’ll still not have a table for dinner time!

We get it. Changing habits can be difficult. We often tell our clients, “Anyone can do anything for ten minutes.” Setting that timer and taking ten minutes to be the change you want to see helps to create those habits. Incentive charts help kids (and us!) to create new habits. Perhaps just a tally chart on the fridge of how many times you consecutively used the new system, then reward yourself with your favorite adult beverage or some television binge watching when you hit your goal!

The key to success is to focus on your goals, not the obstacles. Stay positive! By staying committed to the process, you will achieve your goals and change some habits along the way. You may backslide and not succeed on the first try, but that’s okay. We’re all human. But with perseverance and tenacity, you can change your habits and make your space function as you wish.

Not sure where to start? Give us a call. Consultations are always free. And did you know that a year after your project is completed, you’re entitled to a free checkup appointment, just to see if any of those systems need a little tweaking?