This post is all about breaking down, into steps, the task of decluttering a large cluttered area of your home without causing undue disruption. I am going to use the kitchen as my example area, however these steps can be easily adapted to any space. I chose the kitchen simply because, in Western Society, this space usually has lots of divisions of space with lots of individual itemsÂ in them. So without further adieu let us begin.
Step OneÂ ~ SettingÂ up
If you don’t already have a space set up to store the decluttered items prior to complete removal from your home ~ I call this the transition point ~ now is the time take care of this step. Designate an area to move the items to that you wish to declutter. This is where you store themÂ until you are able to get out to deliver them to the thrift shop, donation bin, sell them or pass them on to a friend or relative. You may want to set up individual tubs in order to keep these items separate depending on there intended final destination.
Step Two ~ Division of space
Choose one small spaceÂ in your area to work on at a time. Â Make it a small enough space ~ One drawer, one shelf, one area of the bench top… ~ that can be dealt with quickly and easily.
Step Three ~ Empty and choose
Remove everything from this small space, choosing which items to declutter as you handle each one. Move the decluttered items to your transition point. At this timeÂ you may also want to return misplaced items to their appropriate areas. However don’t be tempted to fine tune the spaceÂ as that is much easier to achieve once the decluttering of the entire area has taken place
Step Four ~ Prep
If necessary, do any cleaning or maintenance necessary to prepare this space for the return of the keeper items. Also clean any keeper items that require it.
Set Five ~ Replace
Replace the keeper items to the space in the most sensible order to suit your needs. Now the greater area is tidy again.
Set Six ~ Repeat
If you have time at this juncture you can move on to the next small section of your area ~ starting at step two and follow through to step five. However if you have other things to do with your day you can walk away comforted by the fact that the area is tidy and you can return to the task when time permits.
Clearly the strategy is to break the large area into small sections that can be completed in a short period of time. Do one section at a time leaving no mess behind you as you move on. Continue section by section at your own pace.
Today’s Mini Mission
Declutter something you have knowingly passed over during previous decluttering mission that you still havenâ€™t utilised.Â I declutteredÂ someÂ cardboard boxes that I saved for mailing but havenâ€™t been used.
â€œIf we do not feel grateful for what we already have, what makes us think weâ€™d beÂ happy withÂ more?â€ â€” Unknown
Eco Tip for the Day
Only turn a light on when absolutely necessary.
For a full list of my eco tips so far click here
It matters not how fast I go, I hurry faster when Iâ€™m slow