How To Ruthlessly Declutter Your Home Or Office

We all collect and accumulate until we reach a point (usually around midlife) when more ‘stuff’ is overwhelming and we want to simplify our lives. We want to get our priorities back in order and eliminate the excess. A good place to start the decluttering process is with your ‘stuff’.  You cannot have space in your life for the right people, ideas, or possessions if you are overwhelmed by clutter. 

If you have the motivation to declutter, but not the technique, try this.  Buy 2 packs of different colored (i.e. 1 pink, 1 yellow), small, bright sticky notes which are now magically transformed into Ruthlessly Declutter Notes.

 1. Take your packs of Ruthlessly Declutter notes.  Walk around your home and choose a room.  It is best to start with an easy room rather than the messiest. You want to succeed, not sink in the debris. Survey the room and note each item that needs attention.  Mark every cluttered spot with a sticky note – one color for throw away, one color for give-away.  Remember: be ruthless!!!

2. Take stock of the room (remember: Ruthless).  Review all the areas where you have posted Ruthlessly Declutter notes. Decide how much time (maybe an hour or two) you want to spend on this task today.

3. Review the room and your Ruthlessly Declutter Notes coldly, as if they did not belong to you.  Cold and ruthless.

4. Get at least 2 large plastic bags – one is for everything marked with a throw-away note, one is for everything marked with a give-away note.  You may want to have another bag for recycle. Don’t get too obsessive or you will cause yourself more trouble than you are solving.

 5. Pretend the room is a clock. Start at 12:00. Pick up the thing closest to you. You have 3 choices (don’t start making more choices now): 1. place this item in your throw-away/recycle bag, 2. place this item in your give-away bag, or 3. place this item in its proper place. Do NOT start making files or cleaning drawers to make room.

 6. Pick up the next thing. Again, place it in throw away, give away or move it to the proper spot. Continue around the room until you have finished or until time runs out.

7. Put the bags in your car, outside or someplace where you will not start picking through them again.

We all collect and accumulate until we reach a point (usually around midlife) when more ‘stuff’ is overwhelming and we want to simplify our lives. We want to get our priorities back in order and eliminate the excess. A good place to start the decluttering process is with your ‘stuff’.  You cannot have space in your life for the right people, ideas, or possessions if you are overwhelmed by clutter. 

If you have the motivation to declutter, but not the technique, try this.  Buy 2 packs of different colored (i.e. 1 pink, 1 yellow), small, bright sticky notes which are now magically transformed into Ruthlessly Declutter Notes.

1. Take your packs of Ruthlessly Declutter notes.  Walk around your home and choose a room.  It is best to start with an easy room rather than the messiest. You want to succeed, not sink in the debris. Survey the room and note each item that needs attention.  Mark every cluttered spot with a sticky note – one color for throw away, one color for give-away.  Remember: be ruthless!!!

2. Take stock of the room (remember: Ruthless).  Review all the areas where you have posted Ruthlessly Declutter notes. Decide how much time (maybe an hour or two) you want to spend on this task today.

3. Review the room and your Ruthlessly Declutter Notes coldly, as if they did not belong to you.  Cold and ruthless.

4. Get at least 2 large plastic bags – one is for everything marked with a throw-away note, one is for everything marked with a give-away note.  You may want to have another bag for recycle. Don’t get too obsessive or you will cause yourself more trouble than you are solving.

5. Pretend the room is a clock. Start at 12:00. Pick up the thing closest to you. You have 3 choices (don’t start making more choices now): 1. place this item in your throw-away/recycle bag, 2. place this item in your give-away bag, or 3. place this item in its proper place. Do NOT start making files or cleaning drawers to make room.

6. Pick up the next thing. Again, place it in throw away, give away or move it to the proper spot. Continue around the room until you have finished or until time runs out.

7. Put the bags in your car, outside or someplace where you will not start picking through them again.

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