“Organize Your Attic” Series Step Three: Working Through the Stress and Emotions
Have you hit a speedbump in your attic clean up? Check your progress and consider some helpful strategies for overcoming obstacles and getting the job done. Questions to ask yourself:
- Are you putting off decisions on too many items? Revisit your rules to organize by, which we covered in Step One, and make sure you’re following them.
- Are you making your way through the space at a realistic pace? If not, you might consider setting a timer and giving yourself 30 minutes or less per box to speed up decision making.
- Are you seeing any trends in the items you’re having a harder time parting with? If so, spend some time considering why you’re having a hard time letting go. Ask yourself if a picture of certain items would be just as good as keeping the item itself.
This is also a good time to consider your definition of “treasures.” If items are truly of value to you, then honor them and incorporate them into your daily life rather than stash them in your attic. If they have less value than you once placed on them, and you don’t have a use for them in your current life, donate them or share them with a loved one.
Be aware of your stress level – are you feeling more relaxed by this process or less? If you feel your anxiety is growing as you go through certain boxes, consider asking a friend or loved one to help. Organizing as a team can be more fun and less stressful.
Attics can hold many memories and trigger some big emotions, so give yourself the time to feel what you need to feel. Pat yourself on the back for all you’ve accomplished and keep moving forward!
The finish line is definitely in sight! Check in with us tomorrow as we share final tips for wrapping up your “Organize Your Attic” project with tools for maximizing your storage and keeping it in tip top shape.