CREATE A PLAN
- List the areas you want to work on in order of priority
- Assign a manageable task (cleaning out one drawer, one closet, etc)
- Make a deadline for completing each project
- Set aside time each week for different areas
- Plan the next project and set up a future schedule
- Don’t attack the entire house at once! Go at a speed that suits you.
- If it helps, recruit friends, family, neighbors to assist and help keep you moving
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- Reward yourself (take a bath or get a massage) before tackling the next space.
- Think about what you want to accomplish before beginning. Are you looking to maximize space or clean out and get organized?
- Make sure each storage choice meets these goals.
- “It was expensive.” It costs you more to have clutter sitting around.
- “I might need it someday.” Time limit maximum - 12 months.
- “It was a gift.” Once received, a gift is yours to do with as you see fit.
- Set up boxes as you go through each room as follows:
- “Keep”… Sort “keeps” into a box, then distribute to the appropriate rooms in your home.
- “Donate” (items you don’t use and don’t want)
- “Trash” (items that can’t be repaired or used by others)
- “Not sure” Tape up the “not sure” box and label with date and contents. Put in an out of the way place. Make a note in your calendar to check back in 6-12 months. If you haven’t needed anything in the box in that time, get rid of it.
- “Take action” Whether it needs to be fixed or returned to someone else, take action quickly. Set a deadline for yourself and put it in the calendar. If action is not taken by then, throw it out!
- Make a daily routine to go around your house at least five minutes a day and pick up clutter.
- Make a chore list. Assigning who, what, and when will help the whole family to become motivated and clear excess items out.
- Go through clothing and toys every season.
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