…is impossible. The truth is, no matter how many rubber maid boxes you buy, or wicker baskets you possess, you simply can’t contain clutter. It is so unruly. Do you have an area that just seems to keep getting out of order? Chances are you may have to do some de-cluttering/ organizing. The following is my method (along with its variations) of de-cluttering/organizing everything from the junk drawer to the garage (which, by the way, needs a serious de-cluttering).
Four Container Method
Container #1 – trash
Container #2 – give away
Container #3 – belongs in a different room
Container #4 – not quite ready to part with it (put it in a box somewhere out of the way. if you went through the effort to retrieve it, keep it. if after a month or two it still sat in the box, give it away)
The method is simple and unoriginal. Just take these four containers (for me it’s a trash bag for trash, a cardboard box for give away, and a laundry basket for other rooms. I don’t do the fourth container usually because I don’t have a hard time getting rid of stuff) and go systematically through the closet, drawer, room, etc. A big thing is don’t leave the room to just go put something away or throw it away. Do a big space at a time, or a little space. It’s up to you.
Variation #1 : 15 minutes at a time. This is a flylady technique. Just set a timer for fifteen minutes and declutter a little bit at a time. This is to protect you from being overwhelmed or burned out. It really will get finished eventually. I’m not good at this method because I just want to do it till it’s done. I get burned out, but at least it’s over! I am considering this technique though for the garage because I just can’t seem to get motivated about it…it’s overwhelming at this point, so fifteen minutes may be the key…of course at that rate the garage will be finished in about five years, but hey, an orderly garage is a nice thing.
Variation #2: one container at a time. Go through the kitchen, for example, just with a trash bag one day and throw away everything that is trash. The next day go through and look for objects to get rid of. The next day, look for what belongs in another room of the house. The last day go through and see if there are items you might want to get rid of but aren’t sure.
Now, I know that all of you organized types have tons of fun helpful hints for how to de-clutter and organize an area. Please, please, please, comment away!
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