Oh decluttering - the task that almost always gets pushed aside year by year.
We're humans, we are creatures of habit and we accumulate stuff.
Well there comes a time to have to get rid of that stuff - especially the items that have been sitting, unused, for several years.
Here is a quick 6 step process on getting started, making progress and seeing results in only a matter of months:
1 Commit to five minutes of decluttering everyday. No more and no less.
It will help you build momentum.
2 Fill a bag to donate. Get a trash bag and fill it as fast as you can with donation items. If you need, go to multiple rooms in order to fill the bag.
3 Keep track of what you don’t wear and then donate it. Face your hangers the wrong way and only switch it back when you wear that item. After a few months, eliminate the items you never switched.
4 The 12-12-12 challenge. Locate 12 items to throw away, 12 items to donate and 12 items to put away. This works great with kids at a smaller denomination.
5 Use a decluttering checklist. These are templated lists that can be found online and even be customized.
6 The four-bin method. Find a bin or box for each of the following labels: Trash, Donate, Keep, Relocate/Storage. For each room in your home, every single item needs to belong in one of those boxes, no matter how small or insignificant the item may seem. If it’s not a keep or seasonal storage/relocate item, consider it decluttered.
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