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How to Make Decisions Without Getting Overwhelmed

How to Make Decisions

As much as I love to tour and look at new homes, the one thing I’ll never do is build a house from scratch. Ever.

Why?

Because I know that building a house requires A LOT of decisions to be made – from the design and style of the house, to the color of the cabinets, and everything in-between!

While I admire those who are able to endure the house-building process and all the decision-making it requires, it’s one task I know would be too overwhelming for me.

I also know that decision overwhelm isn’t limited to house-building. It can also occur on the journey to get organized. In fact, it’s one of the major reasons why clutter accumulates in our homes and lives in the first place.

Postponed Decisions = Clutter

Barbara Hemphill, a professional organizer and author of Taming the Paper Tiger and Love It or Lose It: Living Clutter-Free Forever, states it best when she says, Clutter is nothing more than postponed decisions.”

When we don’t know where to “house” an item, or aren’t sure whether we need to keep a particular piece of paper or not, then we become paralyzed in our decision making and do nothing. So we let the papers and the stuff accumulate in piles around our house until they become the daily clutter of our lives.

But what if there were a way to overcome the uncertainty of our decisions? What if we were able to overcome our decision fatigue and our clutter as well?

3 Ways to Make Decisions

I’ve discovered 3 ways to help make the decision process a bit easier and want to share them with you:

1. Reduce or eliminate options. We live in a world that provides us with endless amounts of options for us to choose from. If you’ve ever eaten at The Cheesecake Factory you know what I mean. The menu is so overwhelming it takes 10 minutes just to read through it and make a selection! I’d much rather go to a restaurant that has smaller choice offerings.

The same is true with our organizing.

Rather than focus on the myriad of options you can do with a particular piece of paper, give yourself a few options to choose from. You can either file it, trash/shred/recycle it, act on it, or give it to someone else to deal with. That’s it.

When we only have to chose from a few options then we are more likely to act and less likely to postpone decisions, and therefore reduce our tendency for clutter.

2. Set deadlines. If you are constantly postponing your decision-making by saying: “I’ll deal with that later”, then you know that later never seems to happen.

Rather than put off the inevitable, set a reasonable deadline for making a decision. Instead of saying to yourself, “I don’t know what to do so I’ll make a decision later,” tell yourself, “I will make a decision about this in (15 mins, 1 hour, or 1 day)” and then honor that time boundary.

Time limitations don’t have to be a hinderance. In fact, like most boundaries, they are actually freeing. Try to set deadlines with your decision-making and see what a difference it can make with your clutter.

3. Establish routines.  If you have a set route you drive everyday to work, then you know that after awhile you’re driving on auto-pilot. You don’t have to think and make decisions about how you’re going to get to work because you drive the same way every day. You’ve established a driving routine.

Set routines can also help with your efforts to reduce your clutter.

For example, if you have a routine for checking the mail or a routine for where you place your items when you come home, then you don’t have to make decisions about how you’re going to deal with the mail or where you’re going to put your keys. Your brain and your body have been programmed to know what to do, so you act accordingly. You don’t have to think too much or make decisions. You just do it.

While some people find routines stifling, they can make the decision-making process simpler and less stressful. You don’t have to operate like a robot, but a few routines with your daily habits can have a big impact on your home and your life.

Don’t let decision fatigue keep you overwhelmed and in chaos! Implement these 3 strategies and see how it can improve your home, your life and your organizing efforts!

Do you suffer from decision fatigue?

Which of these 3 tips can you start implementing to overcome the delayed decisions and the clutter?

Leave a comment and let me know!

40 Bags in 40 Days Challenge – Week 4

It’s week 4 of the 40 Bags in 40 Days Challenge and I’m so glad you are joining me!

First let me say that I know it’s not easy to do a Challenge like this, so give yourself a huge pat on the back! Second, I also know that it’s easy to give up and I want to encourage you to keep pushing yourself.  Your hard work will pay off! You just have to keep on keeping on!

40 Bags in 40 Days

I hope you’ll find the tips, resources and ideas listed below helpful as you work to get the unwanted items out of your home and life.  Just remember, anything you hope for, you need to be prepared to work for!

WELCOME TO WEEK #4 OF THE 40 BAGS IN 40 DAYS CHALLENGE!

The 40 Bags in 40 Days Challenge is a weekly link up for bloggers to share their posts on spring cleaning, organization, and decluttering. If you’re a blogger, we would love for you to participate! If you don’t blog, you can still check out the featured posts and new posts below.

The 40 Bags in 40 Days Challenge runs each week, starting at 8am eastern time, and the link party stays open for new posts through Thursday so you have plenty of time to post. After that you will still be able to see all of the posts that have been linked. The party is open to bloggers from all over the world – though I can only read English.

YOUR HOSTS

The bloggers bringing you the 40 Bags in 40 Days Challenge:

Aileen from Aileen Cooks | Facebook | Twitter | Pinterest

Liana from By George Organizing | Facebook | Twitter | Pinterest

Stephanie from Happily Homegrown | Facebook | Twitter | Pinterest

THE RULES

  1. Everyone is welcome to link up to 2 family friendly posts on cleaning, decluttering, or organization each week. We reserve the right to delete any posts we don’t believe to be “family friendly.”
  2. Please Follow your Hosts!
  3. Be a Good Party Goer and visit at least 3 other posts and don’t forget to comment!
  4. By linking to this party you are giving Aileen Cooks, By George Organizing, and Happily Homegrown permission to feature one picture on our websites, social media, and blogs. Proper credit will always be given to you. We are not responsible for stolen and/or misused images, misused projects and ideas.
  5. By participating in the link party, you give permission to receive a weekly email inviting you to the #40Bags40Days link party.
  6. We will be sharing the featured posts on social media and pinning a pin from the original article on 40 Bags in 40 Days Challenge board and in the 40 Bags in 40 Days Challenge Facebook community. Don’t forget to follow along!

JOIN US! SCROLL DOWN TO THE END OF THE LINKS TO ENTER!



How to Tame Your Toppling T-Shirts

Do you struggle to keep your t-shirt piles organized? Are you frustrated that they constantly topple over every time you try to pull a t-shirt out?

You’re not alone!

Toppling t-shirts

My husband loves his t-shirts but they were becoming an organizing nightmare for me.  Not to mention that the way they were organized limited his wardrobe.  So I started doing some research to find a better way to tame his toppling t-shirts!

3 Ways to Tame Your Toppling T-Shirts

Check out my short video on the 3 different ways you can organize and tame your toppling t-shirts once and for all!

Resources mentioned in the video:

Miracle Fold – http://amzn.to/2mU32d9
Shelf Dividers – http://amzn.to/2nbtfzV
EzStax – http://amzn.to/2nbpTgs
ThreadStax – Threadstax.com

Would any of these methods work for you? Leave me a comment and let me know!

40 Bags in 40 Days Challenge – Week 2

We are continuing our 40 Bags in 40 Days Challenge this week.  Are you up for the Challenge??

40 Bags in 40 Days

If you’re new to the Challenge – welcome! I hope you’ll join us on a journey to remove 40 bags of items that you no longer need, use or want from you home by Easter.

If you’re back for week 2, I hope you’re finding the information shared by the organizing bloggers helpful in filling up your bags and welcoming Spring into your home!

I know that it is not an easy process and I’m so proud of you for taking on the Challenge! Keep up the good work 🙂

I’d love to know how you’re doing towards your goal of 40 Bags in 40 Days – leave me a comment and tell me how many bags you’ve filled up and how you’re feeling 🙂 I love hearing from you!

WELCOME TO WEEK #2 OF THE 40 BAGS IN 40 DAYS CHALLENGE!

 

The 40 Bags in 40 Days Challenge is a weekly link up for bloggers to share their posts on spring cleaning, organization, and decluttering. If you’re a blogger, we would love for you to participate! If you don’t blog, you can still check out the featured posts and new posts below.

The 40 Bags in 40 Days Challenge runs each week, starting at 8am eastern time, and the link party stays open for new posts through Thursday so you have plenty of time to post. After that you will still be able to see all of the posts that have been linked. The party is open to bloggers from all over the world – though I can only read English.

YOUR HOSTS

Your Co-Hosts for the 40 Bags in 40 Days Challenge!

The bloggers bringing you the 40 Bags in 40 Days Challenge:

Aileen from Aileen Cooks | Facebook | Twitter | Pinterest

Liana from By George Organizing | Facebook | Twitter | Pinterest

Stephanie from Happily Homegrown | Facebook | Twitter | Pinterest

Kaitlin from The Simply Organized Home | Facebook | Twitter | Pinterest

THE RULES

  1. Everyone is welcome to link up to 2 family friendly posts on cleaning, decluttering, or organization each week. We reserve the right to delete any posts we don’t believe to be “family friendly.”
  2. Please Follow your Hosts!
  3. Be a Good Party Goer and visit at least 3 other posts and don’t forget to comment!
  4. By linking to this party you are giving Aileen Cooks, By George Organizing, Happily Homegrown, and The Simply Organized Home permission to feature one picture on our websites, social media, and blogs. Proper credit will always be given to you. We are not responsible for stolen and/or misused images, misused projects and ideas.
  5. By participating in the link party, you give permission to receive a weekly email inviting you to the #40Bags40Days link party.
  6. We will be sharing the featured posts on social media and pinning a pin from the original article on 40 Bags in 40 Days Challenge board and in the 40 Bags in 40 Days Challenge Facebook community. Don’t forget to follow along!

JOIN US! SCROLL DOWN TO THE END OF THE LINKS TO ENTER!