Thursday, February 19, 2015

Are you in? 40 Bags in 40 Days

Ann Marie of White House Black Shutters is hosting another edition of 40 Bags in 40 Days.  I'm IN!

Step 1:
Walk through your house and make a list of every area you would like to declutter.  Don't forget hidden places like your jewelry box, filing cabinets, and under-bed storage!  Also, consider your digital clutter.  Do you need to add your inbox to the list?  How's the photo storage situation?

Step 2:
Make a plan.  Print out a calendar or use your phone's calendar.  Maybe even set an alarm for yourself if you need the motivation.

Step 3:
Work the plan!  Every day, or at least every other day, plan to set aside some time to get to one area.  The important thing is to get RID of stuff.

I suggest taking the following supplies with you each place you go (unless it's digital clutter):
- a donation or give away box
- a SELL box
- a laundry basket for misplaced items
- a garbage bag
- a rag & cleaning solution
- a "not sure" box:  ONLY allow yourself one box for the entire 40 days

As you go to your locations, start sorting.  If it's something you're really not sure about, put it in the "not sure" box for now.  Give it a year, if you still haven't used the item in the box, then it's time to get rid of it.

If it's something you plan to sell, wipe it off and take pictures of it immediately.  If it's for a garage sale, make sure you actually follow through with a sale.

The laundry basket is for items you want to keep, but need to be stored somewhere else.  As soon as you are finished with that space, take the laundry basket and empty it.  Put the items where you intend for them to live.

The garbage bag is self explanatory.   When you're done with the spot, tally up how many boxes or bags lighter that space is.  The bag could be a shopping bag size or a garbage bag size.  It doesn't really matter.  The point is that you make progress toward clearing your life of all the stuff that's weighing you down.  Choose Less!

A final piece of advice, do NOT buy any organizational supplies until you have completely cleared your clutter.  You may have everything you need without spending a dime.  You'll never really know until you have cleared everything out.  I know it's tempting, and I know there's a lot of gorgeous stuff out there, but trust me.  Wait.  You may find yourself needing fewer organizational items rather than more.  You just might surprise yourself!

So, who else is in?

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