Have you looked around your home lately? It is amazing sometimes how easily items can blend into the background or disappear altogether into the home landscape.
This phenomena happened recently to Ann Marie Moore, a professional organizer and owner of Moore Organization LLC from Coldwater, Michigan. She had a large box shipped to her home that contained items for a project. When the box first arrived, it stood out as a huge eyesore in her uncluttered living room. After several days she stopped noticing the box at all. It even took several days to notice when her husband had moved it out of the room altogether.
What can you do to become more aware of the true state of the clutter landscape in your home?
- Take a picture. The camera does not lie. There really may be a pile where you did not expect. Or there may be mostly clear space where you envisioned a lot of work. (And, hey, you can even use those pictures for a simple home inventory if you want!)
- Look through fresh eyes. Make a pretend telescope with your hand (or use a papertowel tube) and look at your space. You may notice details that surprise you and ones that are easily remedied.
- Play musical chairs. Go through each room in your home and count the number of seating places you have. Now go through again. How many seats are inaccessible due to clutter?
- Measure your pathways. Use a measuring tape (or tape three sheets of 8.5 x 11 paper together lengthwise) to measure the width of the pathways through your house. Generally speaking, your cleared pathways should be at least 30-36 inches wide – especially the pathways that lead to all outside doors and windows.
- Find your walls. Go through each room. Can you easily reach all the walls without stepping over or climbing on top of clutter?
- Open your doors. Check every door in your home – especially those to the outside. How many cannot open a full 90 degrees due to clutter?
For more info: Ann Marie Moore is a professional organizer and speaker from Moore Organization LLC in Coldwater, MI. She can be reached at 517.256.1408 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
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