“Where do I start? My home is filled with clutter!”
Start with just five minutes a day. Five minutes a day is more than nothing, it’s a containable time period, and by the end of the week – you’ll have dedicated more than 35 minutes to your de-cluttering goal. Here is the last tip in this series that will help you de-clutter five minutes at a time.
Today’s 5 Minute Decluttering Tip – 5 A Day Keeps Clutter Away!
To end this month’s 5-minute decluttering tips, I leave you with a simple list of how to stay on top of clutter. Commit to clearing 5 unwanted items/day. Resolve yourself to launch your own decluttering mission for a month.
- First, get a box, or garbage bag and Label it accordingly. Be creative: “Done With These”, “Donations”, “Out”, “Junk” – whatever word triggers a sense of urgency and captures your emotion about the stuff. This will keep you going. I recommend choosing a reusable container like a cardboard box that you cannot see through. This lowers the chance that you’ll resurrect items after you’ve made decisions on them, and ensures you are not visually tempted to second-guess your decisions.
- Research possible donation retrieval centers in your area and schedule an appointment to drop the items off at the center for the end of the week. Scheduling this appointment will keep you on track and moving through your items.
- Choose your most cluttered space and start today by grabbing five items you haven’t used in the past year, or no longer need. Add the five items to your box, and close it.
- Tomorrow, do the same thing again and repeat the process throughout the week. If you’ve done your job successfully, you’ll have a full box of items.
- As you get ready for work, go through your closet for something to wear, spend a few minutes pulling out ones you haven’t worn in a few months. If they’re seasonal clothes, store them in a box. Get rid of the rest. Do this a little at a time until your closet (and then your drawers) only contains stuff you actually wear.
- Transfer items to transportable bags so that you keep your box for the following week.
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If you want to tackle this project on your own, consider downloading one of the following to help you:
- “Home Spaces Assessment Template” Use this workbook as a guide to take your first step to getting your home organized! By starting with an adequate space assessment of each room, you’ll be able to see the big picture, and take small actions toward getting your home whipped right into shape!
- “Time To Toss It” gives you all the guidelines you need for over-due items. You’ll finally have guidelines for how long to keep items on everything from kitchen items to beauty supplies, to important papers.
- My “Dimensions Workbook” was created as a self-guided workbook to walk you through the organizing process, step-by-step. It’s like hiring a Professional Organizer to guide you through de-cluttering your most frustrating areas. This workbook also contains supplies and tools checklists to help you be successful!