Project FIND, Focusing on Important Necessities in your Dwelling, helps you identify key areas to improve the health and safety of your home.
What is the FIND Method?
What can I do to start?
Why do we have clutter?
- Lack of time or time management challenges
- Need for an organizational system
- Emotional attachments to items
- Desire to not waste anything that could be used again
Benefits of reducing clutter
- Safer home because of reducing tripping hazards
- Reduce stress
- Improve relationships
- Sense of accomplishment
- Clearer thinking
Barriers to reducing clutter
- Overwhelming. Where do I start?
- Too many decisions. Where does it go?
- Don’t want to throw away memories
- Depression and anxiety
- Auto-shipments of products
- Time management
Three steps to reducing clutter
- Determine a manageable level of clutter for you and your household
- FIND what motivates you to reduce clutter (money, lost items, time, health, happiness)
- FIND a clutter reduction method that works for you.
The road to a decluttered life can be challenging, so don’t get discouraged or give up. It’s okay to be different and have a higher level of tolerance for clutter. Start making changes from where you are at right now. There is no right or wrong way. By Focusing on Important Necessities in your Dwelling, you will also FIND happiness, money, lost items, all while improving your mental health and well-being, as well as your personal relationships.
Ready to get started?
- Set manageable goals. Declutter one room, one closet, or even one drawer at a time.
- 5 things in 5 minutes. Set a timer and find 5 things for everyone in your household to put away or throw away in 5 minutes.
- Work 20 minutes then take a 10 minute break.
- Establish a household rule that for every item brought into the house, one item must go out
- Make it easy to donate items. Put a clothes hamper in the closet area for discarding clothing items that you no longer wear. Place a container in the garage for miscellaneous items you want to donate.
- Use technology to make it easier to sell or donate items online, and create goals, lists and reminders
- More tips for Dealing with Household Clutter
This program was developed by Susan Moore, Laura Smith, Barbara Worley, Diane Bales and Pamela Turner.