- Have you ever missed an event because you misplaced the information?
- Would your life be easier if you improved your paper habits?
- Do you keep things because you might need them later, then rarely look at them and when you do, declare: “I might need them later?”
- Do you delay tidying up cluttered areas because you fear the task will turn into a long, involved project?
- Embarrassed to have people over
- We can’t find things
- We can’t move freely in our space
- We struggle with mind clutter
- What would the area look like? (be specific---describe the room in detail)
- How would having this room organized and functioning correctly affect your daily life?
- How would you feel in this room?
Create 3 separate boxes, bins or bags and label one of each:
- Not sure
Go through the space and sort all items into one of the three boxes:
- Save: definitely will use again and it sparks joy when you touch it
- Not sure: if you hesitate between Save & Goodbye, put the item in this box
- Goodbye: you won’t use the item again. If you haven’t used it in the last year, it probably needs to go in this box. If you are hesitating, put it in Not sure box. Be honest here. Does this item spark joy in you? If not, it’s probably a Goodbye
- Goodbye: donate or sell these items. Take this action immediately by posting For Sale ads or put the box in your car and take to Goodwill/etc. Resist throwing out items if they can be truly used by someone else (see suggestions below!).
- Not Sure: wait a week and then go through this box again (have 3 labeled boxes again).
- Save: put these items in their proper place. Don’t just leave them sitting around or in the box.
What area of your house is the most cluttered? I would love to hear from you--please let me know in the comments. What would you like this room to look like instead?
freecycle.org---connects people who want you exact item
Donate to Goodwill/Salvation Army/Other Charity pick up organizations
Sell on Craigslist.com
1800recycling.com (for other recycling options)
Read another post about decluttering:
Your Physical & Mental Space: More Connected Than You Think
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