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July 19, 2012

Guest Post: After You Declutter It’s Time to Change Your Habits

Today's blog post is a sample of my weekly Quick Tip newsletter, which (this week) is brought to you by Janine Adams—my friend, expert organizer, and the instructor of the popular online workshop Simplify Your Life with Habits + Routines. Today we’re kicking off the final session of this workshop for 2012. So if your life is feeling a bit too complicated, join Janine and learn how to create habits and routines that will simplify your life and free up your time and energy! (By the way, for the first time ever, we’ve made it possible for you to sample the first lesson on us absolutely risk-free. Want in on the free sample? Click this link now to gain access!)

 

After You Declutter: Change Your Habits

By Janine Adams

I love helping clients declutter and organize their spaces. As challenging as it can be to go through belongings and let go of unloved and unused items, this is actually just the first step. The truth of the matter is that, for most people, there’s another big step: changing your habits surrounding your stuff. Without new habits, that newly created order will not stick.

 

Sometimes houses get messy and cluttered because of some less than beneficial habits. For example:

  • Shopping for the thrill of the hunt
  • Not taking the time to weed out belongings periodically
  • Storing things in an inconvenient place, so it’s hard to put them away
  • Letting disorder build to a breaking point before putting stuff away

 

So once you’ve taken time to declutter and get organized, it’s important to focus on how you can turn the habits that contribute to clutter into good ones that keep clutter at bay. Examples of some great habits that will support maintaining order include:

  • Shopping mindfully and considering where you’ll store any new purchases
  • Weeding out storage areas on a regular basis
  • Putting away items after you use them
  • Doing a clean sweep of public living areas before bed, putting away ay items that remain out
  • Running the dishwasher at night and emptying it in the morning, so the kitchen counters stay clear

 

Great habits are the foundation for maintaining order and for living an easier life. And creating new habits can be easier than you think. When you link new habits with existing ones, you end up doing things automatically, which can dramatically decrease the stress—and clutter—in your life.

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P.S. Don’t forget, Janine’s workshop begins today! Join the workshop now, or go here to try the first lesson for free!

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Steven Smith @ Organizer NYC

These just sounds to be an amazing tips so as to avoid de-clutter.

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