5 manageable action steps to declutter any area of your home:
- Gather 3 box setup: THROW away, PUT away, GIVE away.
2. Identify the area you want to declutter ( i.e. bedroom, closet, corner area or even larger garage or kitchen), and start by putting each item in that area in one of the 3 boxes. You will pick up item only once and place in 1 of the 3 boxes. Do not go through or put the item away in another part of house, just place it in the box, one time. If it’s a book for example will you be keeping it? Donating it? Throwing it away? Place it in one of the boxes and move on to next item and do the same. (I like to set timer for 2o minutes then take 5-10 minute break)
3. Remove every item from the area you are working on and place in one of the 3 boxes. Once area is emptied, Immediately clean the area. Do not put items back yet.
4. Now we will immediately address and empty the 3 boxes. Take the THROWaway box and dump in the garbage can, Take the GIVEaway box and empty into plastic bag to set out for donations. (I take them immediately to the car so I will drop off next day). Take the PUT away box and walk around the house placing each item from the box where it belongs in the house. ALL 3 boxes must be emptied and returned empty to next task area.
5. Do it again!
The entire process should not take more than 30 minutes in small area, 1 hr in larger areas. You will be surprised how much you can clean out in 30 minutes. Obviously larger tasks such as my garage I will break down into many tasks. But the goal is to pick up the item 1 TIME. Decide if you will keep it, donate it or throw it away. Then move onto next item.
I use a timer and give myself 20 minutes of action time, then 5-10 minute break. I have found this works for me but you can try different times for yourself to see what feels right for you. When timer goes off STOP. Take your break and go back again if needed for another 20 minutes, or until the area is cleared.
Try doing this 1 hour a week. If you can give it more time great but just 1 hour will get you started and you will see progress right away.