I want you all to read this post by David @ Raptitude.com before going on.
Take from it what you will but this is how I applied the concept to decluttering.
Before doing any decluttering decide on your options for disposing of your clutter.
- Do some investigating and make a decision on where you can donate your clutter so you have this option in place prior to choosing which items are to go.
- Decide if eBay is an option for where you can do your selling.
- Check if Freecycle is available in your area and decide if that is another good option for you.
- Decide if putting your stuff aside for a yard sale would work for you and arrange the space required to store it before doing any decluttering of sellable items.
- Test the curb side decluttering method and decide whether that is also an option for you.
- Decide if a garbage skip is required to clear junk clutter and make the arrangements for one before you begin doing the dirty work.
- Decide on a staging area for storing your decluttered items prior to doing the selling, donating or giving them away. This way you can make your decisions then remove the items from their wasted space in your home until the next step is taken. You will feel like you are making progress even before they are totally gone.
Making the decisions on how and where you can offload your clutter will make the doing so much easier. With these arrangements made you are left with plenty of mind space to make your choices of what you are prepared to let go. And if making those decisions still proves a little hard you can simplify your choices further by just following my mini missions.
Trying to decide, choose and do at the same time can be very frustrating and ultimately defeating. I had success with my decluttering process because I already had a donation site chosen, had sold the odd thing or two on eBay, was experienced at curb side decluttering and had a large garage for my staging area. And although I had plenty of successful garage sale experience I knew that, at one thing a day, I did not want to store things for months until I had enough for such a sale. So the decisions were made which just left me with the task of choosing what to part with. Disposing of them was a cinch making the process go smoothly. This gave me the confidence to stick to my task and achieve my goal.
So if you are in a pickle trying to decide, choose and dispose of things all at once. STOP. Then…
- Decide ~ (where and how to get rid of your clutter so you have a simple system in place to follow, then…
- Divide ~ choose, at your own pace, what no longer fits in your life and then…
- Conquer the clutter for good, by sending it on its way.
Today’s Mini Mission
Declutter an item of clothing that you no longer wear.
Eco Tip for the Day
Save a tree ~Stop junk mail. It mostly contains advertisements for stuff you don’t need anyway.
For a full list of my eco tips so far click here
It matters not how fast I go, I hurry faster when I’m slow