How to Declutter

This is what my kitchen looked like when I painted my pantry. This should not be normal.
This is what my kitchen looked like when I painted my pantry. This should not be normal.

One of the mistakes we commonly make when we declutter is dragging out the contents of every drawer, closet, nook and cranny. Concentrate on one small area at a time.
 Before you start to declutter make sure you are showered, dressed, and have your normal daily tasks completed.
 Prepare four boxes, crates, bags or containers. I like three bins and a basket.
 Label them PUT AWAY, GIVE AWAY, and THROW AWAY. The basket is for RETURNS.
 Set a timer for the amount of time you have decided to declutter each day (5, 10, 15, 30 45 or 60 minutes)
 Start near your regular point of entry into you home. Work around each room dealing with each object as you reach it.
 It doesn’t matter which direction you work in, you decide. But I do like to work from top to bottom. Again, left or right does not matter.
 Decide whether an item is where it needs to be or if it needs to be given away, thrown away or put away somewhere else.
 Do not leave the room to put items away in a different room. You will be distracted.
 When the timer goes off put the items to give away in your car trunk to take to your favorite charity, or someone who needs them. Do not bless people with clutter they do not need, please.
 Put the trash in the trash receptacle.
 Put items from the PUT AWAY container where they belong. Do not attempt to declutter areas you have not reached yet. That area will have its day.
 Be focused and do not allow yourself to be distracted. Work intently and quickly during your decluttering time.
 Do not take out more than you can put away in a few minutes.
 The kitchen is one of the most challenging rooms. Save the kitchen for last.
 Remember the purpose of each room and what happens in that room. (Bill paying, reading, sleeping, eating, playing, viewing television, etc.) Remove anything from a room that is not related to purpose but remember beauty and whimsy are purposeful. They feed your soul.
 Do not go out and purchase organizers until you have decluttered and know what you need. Organizers can become clutter.
 Store items closest to their place of use. If you don’t, these items will migrate and settle into the areas where they are used.
 Finish one room before you move into the next.
 Make note of the place where you stop each day.
 When I am finished decluttering a flat surface, I like to place something pretty or interesting on it. If surfaces look attractive people are less likely to put junk on it.

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