Clients who are moving or packing for a remodel wonder “why didn’t I do the clearing out process sooner?” They wish they would have started years before as they come to realize a significant portion of the items stored are neither needed or wanted. They tell me they don’t know where to get started and it is such a daunting process.
So here’s the best way to get started:
- Set up a system for sorting
Pull out a trash bag for garbage, a box for donations, get a small box for shredding and a box for the items you need to relocate to other rooms of the house. This way when you are sorting through a room, you do not have to leave that room. This helps you stay on task and you are not get pulled away by distractions in other areas of your home.
- Give yourself a specific amount of time to work
Setting a specific amount of time you are going to work on an area, because it gives you a stopping point or deadline to focus on.
- Start at one end of the room
Start in one corner of the room and then work your way across. This keeps you moving through the room, completing each area before you move onto the next. If the room seems overwhelming, break it down into sections: dresser, nightstand, under bed, etc. If those sections are too big to start with, begin with one drawer, one shelf, or one basket. Each section/task you complete gets you closer to the bigger goal of the whole room and then the whole house while enhancing your sense of accomplishment.
- End the session by taking care of the garbage and donations
Once you are nearing the end of the time you have allotted to work on organizing in a space, make sure you leave enough time to take the garbage out. Then put the donations in your car to drive to your local charity and take the box of items to go to other locations in your house and put them away. This way you will be starting fresh each time you begin your next organizing session.
As an organizer I go through my house a couple times a year and I’m always surprised how much I clear out each time. My brain has already processed the items I am looking at and prepares me to release them. This process also lets me know what items I’ve used within a reasonable amount of time and should keep a little while longer. By going through my space on a regular basis, it takes less and less time each time I do it so it doesn’t become a horrible, daunting process. It also makes it very clear what is used, needed, or has special meaning to me. This would make preparing for a move or packing up of my belongings quick and easy because I won’t have to sort or make decisions in the middle of the move or while preparing for a remodel.
Where and when are you going to start the clearing out process in your home?
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Linda Deppa is passionate about organizing and helping her clients become more efficient and relaxed in their spaces. Whether in a business setting or in a home, Linda is extremely dedicated to her clients by offering an assertive approach to any challenge while demonstrating genuine care and concern throughout the process. Linda’s energetic personality is equaled with her efficiency and skill. Linda is not only certified in her craft, but she also holds leadership positions with the Seattle chapter of the National Association of Profession Organizers and has been featured on both television and radio.