Helpful Hints to Tackle Clutter
The big question here is how messy are you and do you know how to tackle the clutter? A couple of my favorite ways to tackle clutter are below.
The first way is called ‘The Surge’. In this way you can put aside a weekend, for instance, and take on as much as you are willing to do. Maybe just one room at a time will do for now. So, keep your schedule clear for that day or maybe two days. Then get yourself some boxes (there are many free ways to get boxes), some trash bags and start it! This will probably excite as you are moving along getting rid of all that clutter.
Start with maybe one of the bedrooms. Designate one area at a time, perhaps you want to start with one of the dressers. So, you clean the dresser out, riding it of all unnecessary items and then move on to the next dresser. Perhaps you need to de-clutter the closet for its filled with you knows what! Put all of it in a pile.
Let’s say you start with your bedroom. Pick one area of the bedroom — one flat surface, such as a shelf, the top of your dresser, a drawer, the floor of your closet. Clear that flat surface, putting everything into a pile. One pile could be the keep pile, then the give-away pile, and then the trash pile.
Start doing it and putting the items in the correct bags. Do not skip any items, just do it all now.
Keep pile is for all the items you use and need.
Donate pile is to give to others less fortunate or maybe to other family members and friends.
Trash pile is for all those things that you were once going to fix or can’t find the other important part to it or its outdated etc. There are so many items we keep around the house just due to the fact we didn’t make that decision right away to throw it out.
Now, move on to the next item in the bedroom and clean it out!
The next way to tackle clutter is in ‘Chunking’. By taking little baby step with your approach this is chunking. Always try to have a clean sink in your home. This will be the beginning of your clutter-free area and move from there daily. One chunk at a time, not an entire room. So, now you know the kitchen sink will stay clutter-free because you are going to make it happen that way. Then move on to the chunk of space next to the sink, like the counters. Keep a certain area free of clutter daily.
This will be your new mission. Tackle and clutter-free chunks of space. Nothing is allowed to stay in the cabinets that don’t belong there over a certain period of time. Do not store paper and bills and other items on your dining table ever. That is an area to ear, not storage.
Then onto to the next clutter-free zone. By keeping this in your mind every day, you will be surprised how the clutter is not growing but subsiding. Use the pile-technique I described above for this chunking clutter-free zones.