Phew, just made it! The Room to Flourish website is up and running just in time to promote this year’s National Organising Week (NOW) from the 7th – 13th November which is “designed to celebrate the positive impact of decluttering and organising your home.”
This is the third year that the Association of Professional Declutterers and Organisers (APDO) have organised this event which aims to encourage and support people who have a tendency to put off tasks around the home.
A survey by Critical.com (2016) revealed that almost 60% of the UK population had left tasks undone for over 6 months, whilst 33% had tasks outstanding for over a year. More worryingly one in ten of us can’t find the motivation to begin a household task and procrastinate over this for over 5 years!
The question is how we can move ourselves from procrastination to motivation? APDO has suggested the following steps to help you on your way to an organised and clutter free home:
Step 1: Don’t delay decisions
- Hanging on to things ‘just in case’ isn’t a good enough reason to keep it. If you haven’t used something for the past twelve months, then it is unlikely that you still have a need for it.
- Hiding things away in boxes, cupboards or in the garage only delays the decision to dispose of them.
- Reframing the problem can help. You may really dislike that awful vase Great Aunty Ethel gave you for a wedding present 40 years ago, but for someone else it could be the perfect ‘vintage’ piece they’ve been looking for. AND … you won’t have to dust it anymore. RESULT!
Step 2: Don’t give up
- When you start the decluttering process things always get messier to begin with, but don’t be put off by this. Just work through it, the results will be worth it.
- Decluttering often takes longer than you think, so make sure you set aside sufficient time and avoid being distracted.
Step 3: Be realistic
- All that clutter didn’t appear overnight, and it will take time to clear. Rome wasn’t built in a day!
- Declutter in bite sized chunks. If you have a spare half hour sort through a kitchen drawer, or tidy your airing cupboard. Tackling your bedroom clutter won’t seem as daunting if you’ve already detoxed your wardrobe.
Step 4: Call in the Professionals
- I’m talking APDO here, not Bodie and Doyle (for those of us who remember The Professionals!). As an APDO member Room to Flourish is here to motivate and inspire you to declutter your home and move on with your life.
- APDO members adhere to professional guidelines and have Professional Indemnity and Personal Liability insurances.
Whether you have started the decluttering process and are feeling overwhelmed, or just can’t face the task of clearing your home of unwanted items, Room to Flourish is here to help. Just give me a call and start tackling the problem NOW.