If your home or office is like most people’s, you are constantly battling clutter and junk. But what’s the best approach for decluttering and junk removal?

While it probably can’t be proven, many people would swear that junk accumulation follows a law of nature: stay in one place long enough and junk will multiply accordingly. Except for the neat freaks in our lives, most of us experience this seemingly endless increase in clutter.

And you really aren’t alone.

According to an entry in Wikipedia, it is estimated that in the U.S. “there are approximately 4000 professional organizers who are members of the trade association, the National Association of Professional Organizers.” This trend has led to an explosion of publications and television shows.

The Wikipedia goes on to note that:

“There have been a number of television programs on the subject, starting with Life Laundry in 2002, and followed by others such as Clean Sweep, Near, Mission: Organization, Hoarders, Clean House and NeatTV, as well as magazines like Real Simple.”

With so many professional organizers it is no wonder that there is no shortage of great advice on how to declutter your life and living space, and how to get (and stay) organized, and what to do with all the junk you need to dispose of.

Is it possible to really declutter and get organized?

Yes, it is. But it does require time, effort and planning. Staying organized is another matter altogether, but you have to start with where you are!

According to the folks at The Container Store, there are three rules to organization. And these are Visibility, Accessibility and Flexibility. Visibility typically refers to keeping stored items easily seen and identifiable. Accessibility simply means making sure the things you need most often are easy to get to, and flexibility has to do with storage systems that can be rearranged or reused in a different way.

With the new year in full swing, it’s never too late to finally declutter your work or living space, and get things organized around you. With that in mind, there is a quick guide for getting organized.

Maintaining a clutter free space

For most people, this is the real challenge. Getting free from clutter and organizing one’s stuff is an accomplishment worth celebrating. But staying organized and avoiding clutter for the long term – that’s a real winner. Part of the secret is to develop more of a “minimalist“ mindset. This simply means learning to accumulate less things and to readily rid yourself of whatever you find you don’t really need. This also means developing habits of organizing, storing and regularly de-cluttering” your space. Everyone is different, however, and what seems junk and clutter for some might be perfectly manageable to another.


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