Have too much stuff? Have a room or a whole house you are a little embarrassed to have people see?
Welcome to the next video in the Mindfully Organized 2 Minute tip series. In today’s episode I am going to give you some tips on starting to declutter without creating an even bigger mess.
First thing DO NOT TAKE EVERYTHING OUT! There are only so many decisions that your brain can effectively make in one day. If you have been building up the clutter for awhile you can NOT get rid of it in one sitting even if you want to.
First set yourself up 5 bins.
- Refuse ~ Trash
- Regift ~Donate
- Relocate ~ Has a set home already somewhere else in the house or someone else’s house
- Retain ~ Keep
Now pick a spot to start. I like to start in a corner and work my way around the room but if the room is too full you might just need to start with whatever you can reach and then try to work your way around the room. This will give you some clear space to put the keep boxes back as you go.
Ask yourself these questions, the same questions I would ask you if I were coaching you:
- Have I used this item in the last year?
- Does it make me smile?
- Do I have a use for the item somewhere in my home or office?
Anything that you don’t answer yes to at least one of these questions you probably don’t need to keep.
Remember to stop sorting before you get too tired. You want to leave enough time and energy to take care of the mess you made, and you will make a mess, it always looks worse before it gets better. Leave enough time to take the trash and recycle out, to put the donations in the car and to put away what is left.
I made a printable graphic of the three questions and the 5 bins that you can print out to remind you how to get started.
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