She decided she'd only think about laundry three days per week.
“It was the best thing to this day that I've ever done,” Schofield said. “Four days a week, I didn't think about laundry.”
Then she moved on to her children's toys, trying several different techniques until one stuck.
“I had to get away from those horrible feelings of being so overwhelmed and discouraged. That was my motivation,” she said. In fact, she said, many hoarders are actually perfectionists who are so overwhelmed with what needs to be done, they do nothing.
Becoming more organized can also save you money. For example, one person who attended Schofield's seminar said he'd lost thousands on his taxes over the last years because he was unable to keep track of financial documents he needed.
Eliminating household clutter, Schofield said, is a way to become financially free. She paraphrased Suze Orman, saying, “The clutter just clutters up your mind. It's stressful on your whole system and affects the way you work, the way you think, the way you do it. Clutter can have a devastating affect on you. It's like household dandruff.”
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