Beating up on yourself for having junk you need to get rid of and cluttered spaces doesn't help. You need a clear vision to banish clutter.
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Like saving money or losing weight, you need a clear set of goals and a vision for how you'll clean up. TIME magazine highlights a variety of decluttering techniques, calling on two big names in personal organisation to weigh in on goal-oriented organization:
In her new book When Organizing Isn't Enough, SHED your Stuff, Change Your Life, Morgenstern advises people looking to declutter to come up with a theme. "No one lets go without reaching for something else," she says. "You need to come up with a theme for the next phase of your life." ... Some common themes are creating a nurturing home, striving for career excellence, and focusing on self-expression and enrichment.
Taking even a small amount of time to clarify and write down your vision for a space before diving into the actual act of decluttering goes a long way toward making it stick. If you've already established a vision for what you want to get out of your efforts, but you need a little help on the application side of things, make sure to check out the rest of the Time article, along with our previous posts on forming an attack plan for a messy home, creating homes for your stuff, and using the SPACE method to organise your home.