Updated: Jun 27, 2022
Depending on where you are in the great decluttering and organising spectrum there are many different tools you can use to get into the right frame of mind to declutter.
From a sign saying JUST DO IT to using a journal with prompts, stopping at to do lists, ta da lists or get it done strategies on the way.
Which one is right for you?
How do you view your clutter?
A quick declutter and I'm done
I need to put aside some time for this
This is a weekend project
I have no idea where to begin
1 A quick declutter and I'm done
You probably just need a JUST DO IT sign and a spot of motivation! Can you get someone to help? Put on some fast, upbeat tunes - gather together some boxes, label them - PUT BACK, DONATE,RETURN TO PROPER HOME, RECYCLE/THROW, UNSURE. And away you go!
2 I need to put aside some time for this
This will need to be decided ahead of time - try a TO-DO LIST. What area will you work on? How long do you think it will take - double this figure (!), when can you fit this in? What do you need to have on hand before you start? Then refer to No.1 above. And away you go!
3This is a weekend project
Like No.2 this will need some planning. Ask the same questions - block the time on your calendar/ the family calendar so that everyone is aware that this weekend is booked. If you are tackling more than one area over the weekend or the area you want to declutter is large, divide your list into sections. You can choose to declutter by room/ area or category - create a space on your to-do list for each one and write a quick ORDER OF ATTACK so you (and your helpers) know what to do next.
4 I have no idea where to begin
This is where journaling comes into the mix. When you are overwhelmed by a project it needs to be broken down into manageable portions. Easier said than done. Begin by asking yourself the hard questions.
How did this happen?
When did this happen?
How do I feel when I really look at the clutter?
How does this affect my relationships? Etc
Then, the better bit(!). Start to look forward and ask yourself -
What will I feel when I begin to see success?
What might that success look like?
Can you visualise the finished project?
How does that make you feel?
How will this affect your family? Etc
Once you have visualised your future space you can create a goal to work towards - a clear precise vision of what you want to achieve.
Then you can begin your ORDER OF ATTACK.
For a big, overwhelming job I wouldn’t recommend you try to do it on your own - having help will give you support and accountability so see if you can get support from friends, relatives or a professional declutterer.
Wherever you feel you are on the clutter board, there are techniques, strategies, tools and resources you can make use of to make the job that bit easier.
(Please do not confuse my Declutter Board with the fantastic Clutter Scale linked below from Hoarding Disorders UK.
You can comment below or look at the end of the blog for all the ways you can contact me privately. I love hearing from you with all your ideas and photos of the areas you are working on!!
If you want to delve deeper into finding a ‘system’ which will work for you, you can contact me via my email firstname.lastname@example.org or using the chat bubble on my website, I would love to help you!
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