|You can download the “by-the-room task inventory sheets” here.|
Take notes of things you need to do, like “need somewhere to hang belts”, or “baseboards could be repainted” etc.
How do you feel in that room? Are there problem areas that seem to always have
clutter, or items you notice that are never put away? Perhaps you
don’t even have a place for those items to live. Everything needs a
Keep these notes in a file and implement the things you need to do when you can. Once you have a feel of what needs to be done. Start the cleansing process.
- Does it have value?
- Do you NEED it?
- Can it be recyceled?
I recommend getting 4 totes or boxes for each catagory and label them. KEEP, SELL/DONATE, RECYCLE, and TRASH.
Now I know there are a lot of techniques and recomendations out there about how to go about this process, just find what works for you and go for it.
Like I said in the previous post, this may push some of your buttons as you start digging into boxes and things from the past. Just remember, they are only THINGS. Do they add positive energy to your home or zap your energy and bring negative feelings?
The more frequent you do this the easier it will be and the deeper you can purge. One step at a time.
*It is kinda fun to take before and after pictures.
3. FOLLOW THROUGH
- KEEPING THINGS. If you are keeping things, make sure they have a home. Make some kind of commitment to always put things away. I am working on not setting anything on a bench that I have at the bottom of my bed. It is a flat surface that always attracts this and that, and before I know it I have 15 minutes worth of putting things where they belong.
- SELLING or DONATING. If you have online classified adds in your area that is a wonderful place to sell your items. It is amazing the things we have sold and bought at great prices on KSL.com. You could end up making some good money selling things you no longer need. Donating items to thrift stores, Salvation Army, second hand stores, or better yet family members. (My daughters wardrobe when she was young was mostly hand-me-downs from her cousin. She loved it). If you don’t need it, let it move onto someone else.
- RECYCLING. Recycling is awesome. The town I live in provides us with a recycling can so we can have things picked up by weekly. There are recycling centers available in most places. I let go of a big stack of magazines the other day. They went to the recycling bin. Boy did that feel good. You can view most magazines on a nook or even online these day. However, I do enjoy my hard copies of certain magazines. (I like to clip pages and put them on my vision board or file in my idea books. I allow myself to have so many magazines. When my magazine shelves are full, some have to go before I save anymore.
- TRASH. To the garbage it goes. Some things are not worth saving. It was amazing how much stuff I went through that was purely garbage, brown bags, unimportant papers, gadgets of all kinds will show up in your sorting. Remember, less is more! 🙂
There you have it. Hopefully a few tips to help get you started.
I will be posting some of my room by room clutter busting experiences and photos. I would love for you to go to my facebook page and share some of your clutter busting photos and experiences.