Dr Oz: New Rules to Declutter
Do you hesitate before throwing something out, because you might be able to use it one day? Dr Oz said a lot of people do this, and to combat the problem, he shared the New Rules to Declutter Your Life and Transform Your Health.
To do that, he introduced the Great American Cleanout, with help from Dr Melva Green, an expert in helping people break through their messes. She is the co-author of Breathing Room, and she said that clutter keeps us from living in the present and making the most of our relationships.
Dr Oz: Justin Klosky Organization
“If we’re physically cluttered, we’re emotionally cluttered,” Dr Green said. “There’s no real freedom in that kind of living.”
Dr Oz found a viewer named Erin and teamed her with professional organizer Justin Klosky (his book is called Organize & Create Discipline). Erin is a 35-year-old working mother of two, and her home is overrun with clutter. Klosky’s goal was to teach her how to organize the stuff that is taking over her house.
Dr Oz: Disorganized Chaos
Erin was very disorganized. For example, her toaster was in the laundry room. Her basement looked like a dumping ground, even the corner she intended to be a crafting area. Justin said that clutter can distract from your life goals.
Justin Klosky told Dr Oz that you want to ease into the process of breaking down your clutter. If you do it all at once, it can often be too overwhelming.
Dr Oz: Clutter 1-Year Rule
Justin Klosky said that if there is something in your home, it should have a practical use. If you have not used it in the past year, it’s probably time to let it go. He said this advice applies to everything you may keep around the house. Don’t let questions about “what if” bog you down.
Dr Oz took a look at some of the items she had not used over the past year. It can really begin to pile up when you are not paying attention. It’s time to get rid of the infant bibs and other unused possessions.
Erin said it can be hard to overcome the emotional attachment to particular items, even if they are not practical or useful in your life any longer. Dr Green and Justin agreed that letting go of sentimental items can help you feel more emotionally satisfied and create new memories.
Klosky recommended donating books to a local library or giving your baby supplies to a religious organization. That way, others can benefit from items you aren’t able to use any longer.
Dr Oz: Make a Place for Everything
Justin Klosky said that everything you have in your home should have a designated place. You may need to make a place for a new item. Decide whether you need to get rid of an old item to make room for something new.
Small organizational tools can help you sort mail or contain office supplies. Try repurposing Mason jars or Altoids containers to store items. Dr Oz said his family disposes of the contents in their mail bucket each week.
Dr Oz: Redefining the Junk Drawer
Do you have a junk drawer in your house? Justin Klosky told Dr Oz that no one should have a junk drawer. He said that you need to change the way you think about what is actually in that drawer and redefine its purpose for you.
Dr Oz shared a picture of one of his own junk drawers, which was relatively organized. Then Justin showed a photo of his Accessories Drawer, which put Dr Oz’s drawer to shame.
Dr Oz: Clutter Connection
Dr Green said that getting organized at home will free up physical space as well as emotional space, helping you to connect with the people close to you and get more meaning out of your daily life. She told Dr Oz that some clutter is a part of human nature, but making a start can create positive changes for you.