Get Rid Of Your Stuff! Declutter Your Life
Do you have drawers and closets full of clothes you don't wear?
Rooms full of junk taking up space. Are you a bit of a hoarder?
How much stuff do you have in your house that you don't really
need or use? Now's the time to have a good clearout and here's
how to do it.
It's probably taking up more than physical space, how does it
make you feel emotionally - overwhelmed, frustrated,
disorganised, even lethargic?
Step 1 - Get Ready.
Create a list. Go through each room in your home and make a list
of all the areas, drawers, cupboards that need clearing. Sort
this into small, medium and large. Pin it up where you can see
Step 2 - Get Set.
Get four boxes label them - Rubbish, Charity, Sell, Undecided.
Step 3 - Get Clearing...
Go through each room - take just 15-30 minutes and tackle the
small areas first, then when you have time the medium and large
Work on one area each day and tick them off your list. Either
put things away where they belong or place them in one of the
four boxes. Place the Undecided box in a cupboard, attic or
basement and come back to it in six months. If you haven't
needed anything in it in that time - throw it away.
Clothing - when did you last wear it, does it fit, do you
absolutely love it? Anything you haven't worn for two years -
put in a bag and take to your local charity shop. Only buy
things that make you look good as you are now - not when you
lose those few pounds.
Paperwork "handle it only once" or in reality twice. First when
it comes through the door. Is it for action/junk or filing?
Action -deal with it immediately or put it an 'action'
folder/tray and deal with it in the next 2-3 days. Filing -
tackle this on a weekly basis. Junk - straight into the bin.
Reduce the junk mail you receive - ALWAYS tick the box on any
form to opt out. Sign up with the mailing preference service to
opt out of unsolicited mail http://www.mpsonline.org.uk/mpsr/.
Magazines - how often do you read them all. Tear out and keep
any articles that are of particular interest. Read them as soon
as you can. Cancel subscriptions for those you no longer read or
Things you no longer use - gadgets, sports equipment, etc.,
unwanted gifts, impulse buys - things you bought but don't like
or don't use. Either sell them, pass them on or give them away.
Decluttering questions to ask: Do you love it? Do you use it?
Does it make you feel good? Learn to say no, so you don't
clutter up your life with things that aren't important to you.
Get into the habit of setting aside a few minutes each day or a
block of time each week to keep areas tidy and clutter free.
To avoid clutter accumulating - when you buy something think
first - do you really need it? If you find it hard to let go,
each time you buy something new, get rid of something so at
least it's not increasing.
Notice how you feel after you've cleared out an area - whether
large or small. You should feel a sense of achievement,
satisfaction, relief and/or a burst of energy.
Step 4 - Reward Yourself.
Create small rewards for your effort as you go through the
process, i.e. buy yourself a new item of clothing for clearing
your wardrobe out,
See what you can do to create your own clutter-free existence
and see what it brings in for you.
Why not join me for an Integrity Day to help get rid of your
Copyright 2005: Clare Evans