My De-Cluttering Process – Tips to Prevent This From Happening To You

When I finally stopped playing facebook games,

(Let the Balance Begin)

I had time on my hands … a lot of time on my hands!

I had wanted to start decluttering my condo quite some time ago, but had put it off again and again, usually so that I could do what I wanted to do, rather than what I needed to do!

But now I was pumped. I had time on my hands and I was ready.

I worked away for a few days and managed to de-clutter several areas, including this area near the closet in my bedroom.

 

Check out this before picture …

Messy bedroom closet

… and this after picture. Great Progress eh!!

After the de-cluttering

 

But wait! Don’t get too excited and start to think that I actually know what I’m doing.

 

Finally, check out this after, after picture.

Clutter Mess

 

Clearly something went seriously wrong. To prevent this from happening to you try these three simple tips … they may work for you and save you doing the job twice.

1. If you haven’t worn it, used it or loved it for some time, then dispose of it

I know you’re attached to your stuff – I’m attached to mine, but if you are serious about de-cluttering, you have to let some things go. If you can’t let them go immediately, then put them in a box, set it aside, and look at the box again in a couple of weeks. You may feel more inclined to deal with the items after they have been out of sight for a while. At least you will have cleared them out of the cluttered area and can arrange items that you need or want to keep.

2. Give Every Item a Home of it’s own

It sounds simple, but if you’re just moving things around you are never going to move forward in this clutter battle. If you don’t have a home for the items immediately, then, again, put them in a box, this time labelled “elsewhere” or “not at home yet”- anything that identifies these items as still needing a home – and check the box again in a couple of weeks.

3. Nip the re-cluttering in the bud

This area didn’t get re-cluttered all in one day – it took some time. When the first items end up back on the chair, or on the floor, or wherever they shouldn’t be, move them back to where they belong, put them in a box, toss them out, but do not allow them to become the bottom of a pile of stuff.

I hope these three tips will help you when you see your home becoming cluttered again.  Please share methods you use to have un-cluttered home.