Updated: Nov 27, 2019
For some Americans, Thanksgiving is just another holiday to get out of the way before being able to fully celebrate the true season of giving. For others it’s a solace to celebrate a simple holiday celebrated with a feast, family and good friends before becoming overwhelmed by commercialism and looming debt. For a few, it’s all about the turkey and homemade pumpkin pie!
Well, whatever Thanksgiving means to you, this is a great time of the year to give thanks for all your blessings before accumulating more stuff during the holidays. It also presents the opportunity to better prepare your home and your mind for the fresh new year ahead.
Whether you are hosting Thanksgiving dinner or readying your home for the winter-decoration-takeover, November is the perfect time to start decluttering your home. Tackling the clutter may be daunting at first, but the end result may be the best gift you give yourself this season. It will allow you to fully enjoy the upcoming holidays and get you all pumped up for the new year ahead.
Decluttering your home begins the mental process of diluting your to-do list and settling your mind. The physical action of purging unwanted, unused and unnecessary items gives you a sense of appreciation for all that you currently have. It also gives you a new sense of how little you actually need to be happy and well.
Going through what you have, and realizing what you don’t need makes you think of others who could put all your ‘stuff’ into better use. Donating or even re-gifting unused items leaves you with a priceless feeling of accomplishment and purpose, and can even save you a little bit of money this holiday season. Tidiness and order can make you feel more stable and accountable in your home. These feelings also enable you to freely sink into your surroundings. We often underestimate how powerful clarity can be. Clarity makes you feel like you are on top of your game, and can accomplish any new task fresh on the horizon.
Often times, it is easier to ignore the mess and close the door, imagining that you will get to it someday soon. But the reality is, more stuff ends up accumulating on top of the already established clutter. Physical clutter often becomes mental clutter. If you struggle with getting started, you aren’t alone. The National Association of Professional Organizers reports that 58% of Americans feel overwhelmed by clutter, and 78% don’t know what to do with it.
If you want a better environment and daily flow, but don’t know where to start, you needn’t worry any longer. There are professional organizers who not only have a knack for knowing exactly what to do with all your stuff, but actually love doing it! They can walk you through it, do it alongside you, or even for you. They can help you develop systems and show you how to keep the order.
Wouldn’t it feel like freedom to come home to a place of order and peace? Wouldn’t it feel energizing to be able to find everything you are looking for, easily? Wouldn’t it be amazing to host friends and family this season in your cozy and tidy home? Wouldn’t it be nice to watch your children unwrap their gifts, knowing exactly where they can find them the next day? Or to know exactly where you will store the holiday decor come January? And lastly, wouldn’t it be empowering to enter the new year this way? If the last thing you need is more stuff, go ahead and give yourself or someone else the gift of organization this holiday season.