Are you a big time procrastinator when it comes to getting rid of clutter and it is sapping your energy? Do you feel like you are a bad person and you need to change? Does it cost you money and time? Here are 4 hot tips on getting rid of clutter.

Procrastination is just like having a big vacuum with a strong suction hose attached to our skin. It sucks energy out of our bodies and can make us sluggish. This happens even when we don't realize that it is happening.

In my sewing room I have a flat screen T.V. I was happy to buy it because it looked so pretty in my newly painted room. Even though I don't watch programs on this one very often I do like to catch the early morning "news" shows as I am sewing. A problem developed a couple of months ago with one of the stations. The sound stopped working on just that one station. I kept thinking I would call my cable company but I put it off and put it off. Yes, I will use the "P" word--I procrastinated.

I did all the right things (short of tying a string on my finger) to remember to call them. I wrote myself notes in my planner and I would move it forward day by day by rewriting it. I got tired of doing this so I stopped. I would remember I hadn't called them when I wanted to watch The Today show. I could watch it; I just couldn't hear what they were saying. Now really, the two go hand in hand.

I honestly don't know why I kept procrastinating. There are reasons people do procrastinate such as: feeling overwhelmed, thinking the task is too time-consuming and it will take forever. Maybe that is what I was feeling. Usually (not this time) when I call my cable company I am on hold forever and it takes another forever to get a live person to help. I just didn't want the hassle. I also thought I would have to do something when I talked to the cable guy that would take more time. (As if it wasn't a hassle to not have sound on that station because it was).

I now know why I procrastinated. I made up stories in my head of what would happen when I called for help--none of them did. All that time my energy was being sucked out through that giant invisible tube. When I did call the problem was solved within 90 seconds. The cable man on the phone said, "When I tell you how to fix it you will laugh your head off". (I thought that was far superior to having to get a screw driver and do something with that). All I had to do was push a tiny button on my remote control.

I was on a roll with that call so I called my doctor which I had been needing to do for 3 1/2 months (really) to get a prescription for some antibiotics. In my defense I had called 2 months ago and it was the day the office was closed. Again, I had put this on my list of things to do. I could even see the problem every day the antibiotics would clear up but still I procrastinated. This time I don't know why I did it, all the while more energy was being sucked out. It kind of weighed on my mind. I finally made the call and all is well with the world.

There was one more phone call I needed to make. I am an early morning walker. I get up before the chickens and it is pitch black when I hit the pavement. The streets are pretty well lit with bright street lights. The only thing is they do burn out and I swear I am the only one who ever reports them. One morning a couple was walking ahead of me and the woman noticed a light out. She said to her husband they needed to report it. He said, "No the police will report it as they drive around at night". I have news for him, they don't report lights out. I made the call and reported that 4 lights were out and was graciously thanked for calling.

Sometimes we procrastinate getting rid of clutter which not only drains our energy but it costs us money, time and is a poor waste of space. There are days when we are fired up and getting rid of clutter is a cinch. Tips to nip clutter piling up in our home:

1. Evaluate what clutter we have.
2. Make a plan, set some goals.
3. Start slow and do about 15 to 30 minutes at a time so you don't get burnt out.
4. Reward yourself when you have accomplished getting rid of clutter even if it only a tiny bit. You are on your way!

Procrastination be gone! (until the next time). We all do it but when we think of the cost in time, money and energy it may help us to do it less.

Author's Bio: 

Marilyn Bohn is the owner of Get it Together Organizing, a business dedicated to developing practical organizing solutions that help individuals and business professionals live clutter-free and productive lives. She is the author of “Go Organize! Conquer Clutter in Three Simple Steps” and is an experienced, enthusiastic public speaker, a member of NAPO (National Association of Professional Organizers) and the author of hundreds of articles covering various organizing topics.

Marilyn takes the often stressful subject of organizing and breaks it down into her simple, easy to understand system. Her methods are both eye-opening and encouraging! She has a passion for helping others reach their personal goals and living a better, clutter-free life!

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