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Are you feeling overwhelmed with all of the clutter?
Let me share with you 5 quick tips on a quick decluttering session that has worked for me over the years.
Need some help and inspiration to tackle everything that needs to get sorted, pitched, donated or stored (correctly)?
What You’ll Need To Gather
Before you begin this decluttering session you’ll need the following.
- 3-5 Empty boxes or laundry baskets ( medium ones with cut out grips work great)
- Blank sheet of paper
Now make labels for each of the baskets/boxes.
Ex. Keep, Donate, Pack, Maybe, Trash, etc. Whatever you do, Do Not label a basket for later!
Choose the room with the least clutter.
5 Quick Decluttering Tip
- Set a timer for 30 minutes and place it closest to the door of the room you’re working in.
- Start from the farthest corner of the room you’ve chosen and work your way out towards the door.
- Without too much thought as you go, start putting things into the respective boxes/baskets ( you should have bought these into the room with you).
- At the end of your 30 minutes, once the timer rings. Stop! Just stop and don’t stress that you didn’t even get half way thru the room. That’s OK. You’ll come back to it later.
- Take the trash basket/box and do just that, Trash it (just not your basket/box). Next take the donation box/basket and put those items into a garbage bag and put them in your car. Next time you’re out and about find one of those donation containers (goodwill, candlelighters, or if you have a particular organization you prefer then there you go) make a pit stop and drop off your donations and be done with it.
Depending on how many baskets/boxes you started with you’ll now need to make time for those. But at least you’ll have 2 baskets/boxes out of your house and to me that’s a BIG plus.
I’d use this method at least once a month and do a different room each time. Should you have more than 30 minutes that’s also great. Tackle one of the rooms that has the most clutter.
Whatever you do, Do Not set your timer for more than 45 minutes. You don’t want to get comfortable enough that you think you have time to think thru what you’re sorting. That defeats the purpose of decluttering.
You want to declutter ruthlessly. That’s the whole point of this decluttering session and the small amount of time you’re giving yourself. Over time you’ll see that you “are” making progress in this decluttering goal that you’ve set for yourself.
For more tips on decluttering the Retro Housewife Goes Green has an excellent post with more ideas.
How do you declutter? What has helped you control the clutter?