We all have hesitations when it comes to change. It’s normal to drag your feet when you don’t know if the change will be an improvement or if it will last or how other people will respond. Fear of change, however, can keep you from achieving the life you desire and you shouldn’t let “what if …” scenarios rule the day.
Try not to let these common fears deter your progress:
What if you end up needing an item you purged? You can buy the item again. You can borrow it from a family member, friend, or neighbor. You can discover an alternative.
What if I miss my stuff even if I don’t need it again? You’ll only miss your stuff if you’re uncluttering for the sake of uncluttering. However, if you unclutter because you wish to pursue the life of your dreams, you won’t have time to miss your stuff because you’ll be doing amazing things (or not doing amazing things if relaxation is one of your goals).
What if my housemates don’t respect the changes I’ve made? Sit down and have a conversation with them outlining your visions for the space and get them on board with your uncluttering and organizing efforts before you start working. Seek out professional help from a family counselor, relationship therapist, or even a professional organizer who can help everyone work together to find common ground.
What if I have to unclutter and organize again? Uncluttering and organizing isn’t a goal, but rather it’s a path to the life you desire. You’ll have regular maintenance tasks as you go forward, but these tasks are usually minimal compared to the first large project. Every day I do something small, like returning items to their proper storage areas. Also, remember that uncluttering and organizing takes practice — the more you do it, the easier it gets. Be prepared to have many bumps in the road as you get started. There isn’t anyone who randomly woke up one day capable of winning an Olympic gold medal. It takes years of practice to create a champion.