My Packrat Tendencies

My Packrat Tendencies

It may surprise you to know that even Professional Organizers can have packrat tendencies. I am one of those organizers.

My packrat tendencies are mainly with paper but include other items as well. Over the years, I have learned how to let go of things. This wasn’t easy at first but as I continually worked on letting go, it has gotten easier and easier over time.

I encourage anyone with packrat tendencies to let go.

Start small with something that you aren’t super attached to. Or start with paper, asking yourself if this is something that you really need to keep. These days, with so many digital options and with being able to find things like manuals online, there is a lot of paper that we really don’t need to keep around.

5 Quick Tips to Help You Let Go of Clutter

01 / Purge Often: To stay ahead of your packrat tendencies, you have to be good at purging. Try purging once a week – not a full-on purge of everything you own. Try tackling one area in your house each week (ex. this week you purge the mudroom, next week you take on the pantry, etc.).

02 / Give Yourself a Time Limit: Having a time limit will stop you from being sucked into the time vortex that is your clutter. Setting a time limit also means you are more likely to be less distracted.

03 / Less is not Nothing: You don’t have to get rid of it all! You decide what you want to keep in your life. Keep the things that add value and the things you enjoy. Once you honestly answer if the item is truly worth keeping, it’ll be much easier to let it go.

04 / Holding on is Harder than Letting Go: Even though it feels like letting go is difficult, holding on is actually harder. Items become part of the problem and create the clutter that is stressing you out. You look at it every day and have an emotional reaction, you spend precious time thinking about it, and in some instances, you even pay money to store the clutter. Letting go happens once and then you are free.

05 / Get Help: Sometimes there are areas that feel too overwhelming to tackle on your own. Don’t hesitate to ask your family/friends for help and make it a fun afternoon of organizing. If you don’t feel comfortable asking your friends, you can definitely ask a professional organizer!

As you continually work on letting go, it will get easier. As you let go of things, you will find that you actually feel lighter. It is so freeing- I speak from experience.

Let me know if I can help you begin your journey of letting go.


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