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It may seem daunting to start a massive project like organizing your life. Decluttering and getting yourself organized could be a massive project. My house is full of my family’s things as well as my in-laws so we have so much that we are bursting. It’s not at the hoarding level yet, but this will be a massive project for my family.

There are so many things to consider when starting a project like this and so many different facets. You may not even know where to start. I know I don’t! I started looking around on Google and Pinterest for ideas and methods. I noticed there were a few similarities in all methods and each had a general theme. There is a bit of psychology involved in all the methods I found. You have to get in a different mindset to start and keep with the new habit. But where they differ is in the execution. Do you declutter all at once or a little bit at a time?

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Flylady

One of the methods I’ve tried in the past was Flylady’s method. She promotes getting rid of stuff a little at a time. You start her program with a 28 day habit change before you even get into actually decluttering. You start with one thing and build on that. Afterwards, you start downsizing your hotspots and “flinging” things you no longer want. You keep doing this until your house is where you want it to be. 

She also has a zone method where you work on a different zone a week. One week is the kitchen, next is the living room, etc.  Her claim is that your house did not fall into chaos in one day, so, it won’t get back in order in a day.

Conclusion: I have tried the FlyLady routine over and over again and I could never get it to stick. I felt like I was always cleaning without seeing any real results. This is  because the moment I clean one zone and move on to the next, the original zone becomes messy again.

Organized nightstand

 KonMari method by Marie Kondo

The KonMari method is about decluttering and getting rid of things first. After you have decluttered, you will move on to tidying. In her method, you declutter by category not room. She found that you don’t keep the same category of items in the same place. So even if you declutter in one area, you may have more of the same in a different area.

She wants you to actually feel and hold each item and get see if it brings you joy. If it doesn’t, you get rid of it.

The reason why she wants you to get rid of things all at once is so you can actually see the change and feel the joy it brings. Because once you feel that joy, you will stick with the momentum and won’t rebound again.

I am currently trying this method because it will work better with my personality. Getting rid of stuff first and then finding a place for the things that bring me joy makes sense. It’s a lot more involved than this, but this is the short, short, short description.

I like this method because it speaks to my problem. I am not a tidy person by nature and I am a procrastinator with things I don’t like. If I try to do a little at a time, it will only happen when I’m motivated. By purging first and tidying later, I would have cut my issue down in half or more.

Cost $9.99 for the book

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Alejandra Costello

Her method is another little bit at a time method. She also starts you with one task that you are to build on. You start by cleaning your bathroom so you can wake up feeling happy. Then you move on to 5 things you’ve walked past that should have been put away or thrown out. You can do more if you want, but she wants you to do at least 5.

I have not used her method before. I signed up for her free 3-day video series and am not sure if I want to commit to her training classes. It is a bit pricey for us.

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Conclusion

For now, I’m going to start the KonMari method. I will be listening to her book while I declutter to keep up with the motivation. I’ve noticed that when I do this, it helps keep me going.

The biggest thing I need to figure out is how to get the kids involved and keep them going as well. I’m thinking my 5-year old may be ready for an allowance. God knows he wants to buy everything in sight and is still unaware of how money and exchange of goods works. Because of this, it may be time to start teaching him. Bribery always seemed to work best with him so I may need to go that route. Even though I want him to learn that doing chores is part of living as a family and he shouldn’t need an allowance to do daily chores. But how do I get this message across so he understands and actually starts contributing?. Either way, he will be a part of the purge when we get to the toys because there is too much.

Let me know what you are doing to get organized and how the kids will be involved. Leave me a comment and let me know what your plans are.