This tip will help you stop procrastinating and get clutter reduced in your home. Inspire and motivate yourself with the “Quick Start” project. It should take no longer than 30 minutes. Next, try the “Keep Going” tip to really put clutter and chaos in its place!
Quick Start: Set a timer for 15 minutes. Grab a garbage bag, walk through your home, and quickly remove ten things you no longer use or love. Also, recycle newspapers older than one week and magazines older than 12 months, plus expired coupons and junk mail. Dispose of the bags immediately.
Keep Going: From here on out, put things in their proper places right away. Before buying something new, ask yourself if you really need it. If you decide to purchase, get rid of two similar items to make room.
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It's a great idea to put two trash bags of different colors (black and white) in every room that you are organizing. One trash bag is for trash and the other is for saving/moving items to another room or zone in your home. Every time you walk into a room you will be reminded and will know to take a minute to two to put items into the bags. When the bags are filled, out they go to the trash or to like with like zones in your home. This easy to remember action makes a big difference in starting the clutter organizing process because progress is seen almost immediately! What could be better? Get ready, set, go!
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