Trying to get something ,anything done when you’re surrounded by clutter is impossible. Stop wasting time looking at the pile on the desk or on the floor instead of brainstorming great ideas. Living with chaos is no way to create or finish projects. If you can’t find your other shoe, it’s serious.
There are 6 ways that I declutter quickly so I can stop worrying about the chaos and get things done. Using these 6 quick methods won’t clear your house right away, but they will help you bring some sense of order. It’s so important to come home to an inviting space, one that lends itself to creativity and calm.
Throw It Away
We all have things that we keep just in case. Why? No one knows. There are times when I start to toss something then I think: what if I need it? I never do. If you can find a use for it today or at most a month from now, keep it. Otherwise in the bin it goes. If you needed it in the first place, you’d be using it. This is a quick way to clear space. You should keep a nice big trashcan handy just for this.
Start a Filing System
We all keep papers around that we never read or use. Find a place to put them. Filing is important if you want to combat clutter. Create an inbox for your paperwork and keep it near your work space or computer. Don’t just let it pile up. Filing is your friend. Deal with mail immediately, instead of letting it take over your space. When you’re done with mail, move on to the next stack. This habit will reduce clutter in your space tenfold. Start with 2 or 3 folders to put urgent and long term paperwork in. Go crazy and sub group your folders and label them clearly with the category of paperwork. Stack them in a drawer, crate or bin. Go through the urgent stack to ease your mind. Tackle the rest the next day by taking 10 minutes to look through the most important pile.
Toss Small Items in Bins
There are loose, small items floating around everyone’s houses. Sometimes we need these things right away, mostly we don’t. The point is, dozens of tiny items floating around, will eventually drive you up a wall. Gather the collection and dump them in an old shoebox or bin. Now the tiny invaders are contained and you’ll know exactly where they are when you need them. More importantly, now random items won’t be hogging space on your desk or table whenever you’re trying to be productive. If it’s not urgent, don’t sort through right away. You’re trying to clear your space immediately.
Pack it Away
Is your closet bursting with clothes? There’s the obvious answer. Give them away to charity. Repeat after me. If I haven’t worn it in over a year, I won’t ever wear it. Of course you’re a little paranoid that one day you might need those 12 plaid shirts. So just for you my paranoid friend, here’s a solution. Try stuffing those old clothes into empty luggage. Look through your closet and toss the least worn items in your bag. You’ll completely forget about them until the next time you need to take a trip. Then you’ll wonder why you did this to yourself. Maybe this will convince you to give the clothes away to somebody who might actually use them. If you decide to give them away, toss your stuff in a trash bag instead. There’s no need to clear the whole closet, just work on a section. Even 20 minutes of packing away will make a difference.
Go Digital and Shred
Technology has made everything easier now. Sign up for paperless billing, record lists in your phone or computer. Scan important papers or email documents. There is no reason to have pages of paper lying around the house. Now you can store everything digitally. Once you’ve stored it digitally, file it or shred it. You’ll immediately have less paper taking over your house. Trust me, this will save your sanity.
Find a Place for Everything
Clutter tends to overwhelm the most when you don’t know where to put things. Is everything in a specific place or is it hanging out on your desk or at the foot of your bed forever? If you can’t figure out where to put something, it’s probably because you don’t need it. Either designate a zone for it or scrap it. Think of where you use the item the most and put it there. Or store it where you most often look for it.
Decluttering won’t last unless you replace your hoarding habits with simple organization and purpose. After you’ve done all of the hard work, don’t run out to buy more stuff. Try throwing more away, you might like it.
If you want to declutter quick you must simplify, simplify, simplify. Lighten your load and you’ll get more done since you won’t be preoccupied with the socks slowly taking over you floor. Less mess, less clutter. Ahhhhh … Now don’t you feel calm?
What are your quick decluttering tips? Leave a comment to share.