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Getting rid of clutter helps you find clarity in mind and emotions. It ultimately relieves anxiety and guilt!
It can be easy to put it off when you are looking at clutter that has built up over time. You can become overwhelmed and end up putting it off even longer.
De-cluttering doesn’t have to be so difficult. We have a plan to help you jump in and get started, and then finish the race like a champ!
Make a list of the major rooms you want to tackle. Then, break down each room with a list of the most important goals you have for that room, down to the least important.
The biggest problems in the room are clothes that the family has outgrown, and all the toys that they no longer use. Of course, that would be easy enough, but there are clothes in the mix that we need to save for other children, and toys that need to be kept for others.
It has been overwhelming because things have been piling up in that room for a long time – making it most uninviting – not even a little bit of de-cluttering going on in there. I have avoided it at all cost!
Step number one is to get a bin for clothes that need to be stored and a bin for those to give away, a bin for toys to keep and a bin for toys to give away. It is also important to have a trash can on hand to throw away anything that is broken or clothes that are not worth mending. Turn on your favorite music and jump right in!
Set a timer for 30 minutes at a time and work against the clock to get through the first pile. It is okay if you don’t make it on time, just reset the clock and keep on going! Take a break in between or at least every hour or so, move on to the next area on your list until all the clutter in room one has been removed.
Pull out your cleaning list until everything sparkles and shines!
- Divide and Conquer – use bins to separate clutter into keep, give away, throw away
- Set a timer – in 30 minute increments
- Turn up the tunes
- Check off your list until each section in the room is clutter free
- Clean the room
- Move to the next room in the house
One of the best ways to stay on top of clutter is to educate yourself with great homemaking wisdom from The Fly Lady – who happens to be one of the fabulous Molly Green Magazine writers. She’ll help you make a flight plan and divide your home into zones that will keep you from getting behind ever again.