Taking Control of Your Time (Part 2)
Did you get everything in containers and out of sight? Did you decide on a logical place for your things? If not, then take another week to figure it out. Once you have a place for everything, decluttering will be no problem!
The point is to not stress about it. Make it a goal to use this whole year to figure out how you want to organize and declutter.
So I bet you are wondering what you should do with all that stuff that is stuck in your closets. You can either leave it there a few weeks while you decide where it will best fit your needs, or you can start working on it now.
When you pick up an item, you need to decide whether you want to keep it, sell it, give it away, or trash it. If it is something you are unsure about, you can put it back in the container until later.
If you decide to keep it, put it in the logical spot you have picked for it. If you decide to sell it or give it away, put it in a special place until that time. We have a storage building with things we are saving for a garage sale. If I am giving something to someone, I always put it by the back door so I won’t forget it.
So how do I make the time to work on this? I have decided that I do not like taking whole chunks of days to work on a project. I like to break stuff up in very little bites so I don’t get tired or overwhelmed.
Here are some easy ways to schedule decluttering into your day:
1) Take 10 to 15 minutes a day to put a few things up.
2) Put a few things up during a computer or commercial break.
3) Put a few things up while you are on the phone.
It may seem like a daunting task when you look at all that needs to be put up. If you remember you have a whole year to do it and just work on it a few minutes a day it will be done before you know it!
Next Week: Your Daily Cleaning Routine