You’ve reached the breaking point. It happens the best of us at one time or another when we realize we have too much ‘stuff’. Realizing this and coming to grips with it is akin to the realization you need to loose weight. It’s painful. There are similarities between the two discoveries. It can be when we’re searching for a lost item. We go from a quick search to an hour later still missing it!
We realize there’s only real answer after we’ve done a whole lot of soul-searching. The blame went everywhere else to begin with, of course. It usually starts with someone moving the item because, ‘I swear to God, it was just in this drawer!’. Then it could be that you let a neighbor borrow it or maybe it broke once-upon-a-time.
It takes a while to come to the truth. It’s there, somewhere. You, however, have too many things and they’re scattered in too many places to find it.
That truth hurts. When you get to it, you’re only choice is to act.
It doesn’t need to be a frenzied overhaul. De-cluttering can be a process.
Here are ten tips to help you along the way.
Tip One: Start Small to Get Going
You know that one drawer that was teeming with junk? It’s not a hardware drawer, a file drawer or a drawer for your wires and chargers. It has all of those plus kebab skewers, flashlights, batteries, gum and even items you couldn’t possibly identify. Is it drink holder or part of the washing mashing? No one really knows.
This the drawer where that missing item is probably hiding. This chaos in this drawer is a study in irony. It’s sat there for years collecting junk and caused you endless hours of anxiety. How many times have you opened, looked for your target item, closed it, only to search it again five more times?
The irony lies in the fact that it has sat here for all these years yet would only take you about 30 minutes to organize. How many hours have you spent searching it?
Enough said. Time to take control.
Dump that drawer out on a flat surface and start to organize the contents in
Get a drawer organizer like the one seen here. This one is way less than $20 on Amazon (as of today). We like it because it has two levels so you can pack more goodies into it!
Now you’ve tackled that one drawer, move on to drawers or other places in the house. You could clean out areas like
- Your desk drawer
- One kitchen cupboard
- Shoes at the back door
- Your sock drawer
- A shelf of old textbooks
No, it’s not much, but it will feel good. Choose a space that can be completely taken care of in 10 minutes or less. It will make you feel successful and leave you wanting more.
Tip 2: Donation Day
Grab a box or a bag and take 10 minutes to go through one of your closets, attic, garage or basement and pick out items to donate. Though that bag or box in your trunk and head on over to the goodwill in your area. Making this a habit will bring you to a state of decluttered-ness in no time!
Tip Three: Your Car
Pick another day and another ten minutes to get at that car! It’ll save you from having to keep the music loud so you don’t hear the items crashing in the trunk every time you turn a corner!
Tip Four: Fridge And/Or Freezer
Here’s your opportunity to take the yuck out of your refrigerator!
Tip Five: Purse/BackPack or Briefcase
One too many lunches stuffed into your briefcase in a hurry? Time to dump the contents, give it a wipe, scrap the trash and put back what belongs there.
Tip Six: Office or Computer Desk
This is for those of us who log long hours online. Pull everything off the desk, separate accordingly, clean and put it all back. Now enjoy your spotless online hub!
Tip Seven: Pantry and/or Food Cupboards
Pick one and pull out all the contents. Make sure you have a box ready to go to the food pantry for the non-perishables. They’re certainly needed and will be much appreciated. Separate the items. Wipe the shelves. Put the items back in an organizational fashion so you can find things.
Maybe make dinner.
Tip Eight: Clothes
Go to a clothes closet with the three boxes or bags you’ll need to help you separate, donate, trash and relocate. Then take 10 minutes going through the closet pulling out items that will go in each bag.
Remember, these aren’t directions on fully decluttering an area. It’s just taking small steps every once a week to help downsize.
Tip Nine: Papers
Here you’ll pick a drawer, sort what you need to file, answer and recycle. Easy!
Tip Ten: Continue Time Blocking
Use this start as a start to the formation of a brand new good habit. Look for ways to take ten minutes here and there, at least once a week and find something to declutter.
You’ll see amazing results in sooner than you think!