One of the problems I have is collecting stuff, mostly books and games, but also notebooks that are blank after the first few pages, old bills, network cables, and outdated computer hardware. Not only does all this stuff take up space in my home, it takes up space in my mind. Often, when I look at it, I feel overwhelmed. Am I ever going to read all these books? Will I ever play all of these games? Why can’t I get rid of any of this? It’s too hard to get rid of any of this.
So what can I (or you) do to make a dent in the stuff causing us distress?
Here’s my plan:
- Declutter in 15 minute sessions once per day. Taking on an entire closet or room can be daunting. Instead, set aside 15 minutes once each day to tackle a small chunk of your clutter, ideally at the same time each day so you’re mind knows it’s declutter time.
- Focus on one box/drawer/pile/shelf. Just like limiting your time above divides the task into manageable chunks, limiting yourself to one container also makes the task less overwhelming. Start by removing everything from that container, cleaning the container (dust, wash) as appropriate, then move on to sorting.
- Sort quickly. Take each item and decide if it can be trashed, recycled, given away, or is essential, then quickly place it in the appropriate pile and move on to the next item.
- Take no prisoners. Be brutal in your decisions of what is essential. If you don’t, you probably won’t make much of a dent in your clutter. If you haven’t used it or worn it in the past year, it’s gone. If you’ve only used it once or twice and you know you won’t use it in the next year, it’s gone. If it’s a piece of paper, with the exception of essential things like legal documents, it’s gone.
- Celebrate tiny victories. When your 15 minutes are up, clean up your sorting piles and pat yourself on the back for a job well done. Then start again tomorrow with another session.
I will check back in with my progress next week.
Hopefully this helps you declutter as well. If you’re looking for more ideas on how to declutter, check out some of these other sites:
The Positivity Blog: Declutter, declutter, declutter!
What declutter methods have worked for you? Leave a comment below.
Thank you. Until next time…