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TAKE ONE STEP AT A TIME TO REDUCE CLUTTER GRIDLOCK

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If you've ever allowed your life to reach clutter gridlock you probably know already how difficult it is to regain organizational control. The impossibility seems to rise exponentially in relation to the amount of clutter.

I believe that happens because we see things in patterns. When the mess is overwhelming, it becomes almost impossible to visualize an orderly pattern. Pattern overload sets in.That overload can create emotional and mental symptoms. You may feel as if you are stuck in molasses, powerless to regain control of your stuff.

When you begin to think about restoring order, you may also find yourself getting incredibly tired - much too tired to work on it today.

If you are living in gridlock and would like to regain control of your stuff, try to envision an orderly pattern in the room. If the mess exceeds your ability to do so, put all of it in containers, boxes, bags - anything that will hold the stuff. Clutterless space will allow you to begin to see how the space could look. When you have that picture clearly in your mind's eye, begin to sort through the stuff one piece of paper or article of clothing at a time.

Don't focus on the whole job, think only of the one article in front of you.

This sorting process is boring and requires self-discipline, but it is the only way through the mess, unless dumping it is an option.

While sorting, keep yourself motivated by thinking of the cost the mess extracts from your life. The cost may be lost time. You may lose several hours each week looking for everything from keys to phone numbers. Your self-esteem may suffer when friends, family or co-workers make cleanup jokes. Clutter may even cost you money. It's much easier to damage or lose things in a mess.

When you find someone - a friend, family member or co-worker - who doesn't judge you and is willing to help, you will be amazed at how the energy of two people makes it possible to eliminate the gridlock much more easily than when you try it alone.