Seven tried and tested tips for effective clutter clearing…
January 16, 2016
1. Discover your most effective clutter clearing time of day
Most people find they have favorite times of day for clutter clearing. Mine is in the morning. Some people like to clutter clear through the night. Discover when you are at your most decisive and do your clearing then.
2 Schedule clutter clearing
Decide now when you will begin and schedule it on your calendar, as you would any other activity. Make a date with yourself to do it and show up. It doesn’t have to be a whole day. It can a series of appointments of just 10 minutes or half an hour.
3 “Time box” each task
It’s a well-known fact that all jobs expand to fill their allotted time limit, so if you tell yourself you will clutter clear your stuff until it’s finished, don’t be surprised if it takes forever. Time box each job. Break each task down into chunks, decide how long it will take you to complete each one, and then set your timer. Work against the clock to do each chunk within the time box you have set yourself. You can also use this technique to accomplish other types of tasks. For example, if you are doing a job at your computer, there are some great timer software programs you can use. If you’re the kind of person who procrastinates because you love the adrenalin rush of getting something done just in time for a deadline, you’ll adore time boxing. This way you won’t have to wait for a big deadline but will be able to get your fix many times a day. However I have to warn you that with practice you’ll be able to time box yourself without a clock, and will routinely start getting jobs done on time.
4 Have boxes ready to sort the clutter as you clear
As well as a rubbish bag, have different boxes for things you don’t want or should not throw away and have them marked with for instance: Give away, Sell, Recycle and it makes it much easier to take the filled boxes to the Charity shop, friend or the recycle dump in your area, at the end of your Space clearing session.
5 Play upbeat music
Use external speakers and set the volume loud enough to make your body feel like dancing. For best results, set your player to automatic repeat so that it just keeps going. Most people are able to clutter clear for two to three times longer if they have the right music playing. Just as red dancing shoes make your feet feel like moving, so wearing red clothes make you feel like taking action. If you don’t have anything red, then wear colors from the warm end of the spectrum (orange, yellow, etc) rather than cool colors such as blue. Many people keep clutter as a way of comforting themselves, so if you wear warm, comforting colors rather than cool ones while sorting through your stuff and you’ll find it easier to let things go.
6 Wear Red
Avoid wearing black, which attracts low level vibrations and will quickly make you feel tired when clutter clearing. Grey is also not a good color to wear because it will cause you to be indecisive about what stays and what goes.
7 Reward yourself for a job well done
It’s human nature to seek gratification, so if you reward yourself in some way after you’ve clutter cleared, that part of you remembers this and is more inclined to want to do it again in the future. Promise yourself that when the job is done, you’ll reward yourself with a massage, watch a movie, go out with a friend, or whatever treat is possible, affordable and meaningful for you.
Extra Bonus tips to help you to clutter clear your space and keep it clear
Fluctuating waistlines, happy memories, and sentimentality keep us holding on to items longer than we should. Simple solution: Place a large cloth bag on the floor of your cupboard. Each day, ask yourself three questions about one piece of clothing:
1 Is it flattering? 2 Do I love it? 3 Does it represent who I am today?. If the answer is no to any one, put the item in the bag to be donated.
Each spring and autumn, do CPR on your closet: Categorize, Purge, and Rearrange. Carefully consider each item. If it doesn't make you feel wonderful or look fabulous, it's a no... Put it in the "to donate" box, and put that box in your car! Drop it off at your nearest Charity Store
Keep a donation hamper in your closet. Every month, select an item of clothing you haven't worn in the past six months and throw it in. When the hamper is full, take it to a local charity store;
The next time you sit down to watch TV, pull out a drawer, any drawer. During commercials, sort the contents into four piles: keep, toss, donate or sell, and items to relocate. Then put back only the keepers, using expandable organizers to keep them tidy. Tackle your junk drawer first. Remove anything you don't use at least monthly, then sort what's left into compartments of an organizer that completely fills the drawer. You won't have room to stash things that don't belong there;
Practice organizational layaway. Keep a box for things you're thinking about getting rid of but aren't sure you can part with. When the box is full, write the date on it and store it. After one year, if you haven't needed or missed anything in the box, it's time to toss or donate;
30 minutes, and have each person find things in his or her space to donate or throw away. Box up donations and drop them off right away, then reward yourselves with lunch out; When you're trying to decide whether to keep something, ask these three questions:
Do I love it?
Do I use it?
Could someone else use it?
A system that's a natural extension of your habits is easier to stick with than one that forces dramatic change. So set up solutions right where clutter collects, such as a labelled pail for each family member's shoes and other equipment in a bookshelf right by the door;
Decide the dividing line between "keep" and "toss" before you start sorting. For example, if you're weeding through a lipstick collection, keep the ones you wear most often or are less than two years old, then toss the rest. Yes even make-up has a best by date.