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Four Great Questions To Ask Yourself To Help You Declutter & Organise Successfully!

Updated: Jun 25, 2022

Let's start with some background on how I have learned to move away from the idea that there is one way to organise your home and that every organised home should be based on the same principles.

Some of the most insightful organising skills I have learned have been from Cassandra Aarssen Like me, she is not a born organised person and has developed her method over years of watching and learning from her family and clients.

As my interest in decluttering and organising developed I had seen simillar patterns emerging as Cas. There are four basic ‘Tidy Up Styles’. She categorises them as different clutterbugs - Butterfly, Bee, Ladybug and Caterpillar.

I use what I have learned from my own observations and what I have learned from Cas and other industry experts, whenever I start on a decluttering and organising project.

So let me show you the 4 Great Questions to ask yourself which will help you discover your own style of tidying up so you will succeed next time!

  1. WHERE are you most comfortable in your home?

  2. WHY does this area work for you?

  3. HOW DO YOU DEAL with your belongings in this area?

  4. HOW DO YOU FEEL about having your belongings around you?

Questions 1 and 3 are both about observing how you behave in your home and how you look after the belongings you have. Questions 2 and 4 are looking at finding your own specific style. This is not about your ideal, not how you wish you organised your belongings but about how you actually live now and what can we learn from that to create a system which will work for you.

Is there somewhere in your home where you feel that you have some sort of a system which is working for you?

If not, where do you spend most of your time?

Now, observe closely if there are any patterns to how you store things in this area.

Are the things you need surrounding you readily available to use?

Do you have shelves or cabinets which you use for specific things?

Do you have piles of things everywhere?

Do you stuff things in boxes or drawers?