According to Virginia Barkley (www.virginiabarkley.com), professional organizer and author of Clutter Busting For Busy Women, focus is the key. Without focusing on the end result, it’s easy to feel defeated before you start.
“Find a picture of an organized garage or shed, cut it out and start looking at it to shift your mindset from focusing on the current chaos to thirsting for the calm feelings that your newly clutter-free environment will give you,” Barkley says. “We have to know where we’re going in order to get motivated to begin any project.”
One way to liven up the chore is to involve friends, roommates or family members who are enthusiastic about organizing and group projects. Their enthusiasm can help you loosen up and enjoy the process.
To begin, make specific categories for grouping possessions. Magazines, websites and even Pinterest boards can serve as organizational inspiration. Then discard items you don’t want or need.
“This gives you an opportunity to get comfortable with the idea of moving things around without taxing your brain too much,” Barkley says. “Think of yourself during this phase as an archaeologist in search of treasures and get rid of anything that doesn’t resonate with you.”