Many of you have been requesting me to do a decluttering tutorial and guide.
So guess what? I went ahead and created a Decluttering e-Guide for your use. It is now at its final draft and will be ready to download very soon (hopefully, next month)
As an introduction to the process, let’s begin by examining the stages and approximate timeline from beginning to maintenance for each room in your home… go right ahead and do them simultaneously if you prefer!
That right there is your two month guide to decluttering any area. This is just a recommended time frame so feel free to double up on the time given to finish in half the time. But, the process remains in that order.
Day 1 -Day 3
You always begin with something that will make an impact. This is what is going to keep you productive and motivated.
So, for these 3 days, all you need to do is declutter anything visible. Either put it away or throw it out!
Btw, don’t get tempted to start decluttering any other section. All you need to do is to have empty counter tops and floors at the end of these 3 days.
Day 3 – Day 7
Now is the time to empty those drawers and cabinets. You are going to be clearing up all the items in those spaces, putting back what you want or need and discarding everything else.
Start with a drawer or cabinet that really bothers you and successfully purging that, will motivate you to carry on.
Day 7 – Day 14
Open up those drawers and cabinets again. Take a look at the space, then ask yourself these questions.
What am I instinctively keeping in this space?
Is this the best location of the room for these items?
To elaborate, let’s say your cutlery is taking up a particular drawer. Your question is – is it meant to be here? Is it functional here? Is it easy to retrieve and replace?
If you feel that is an appropriate place for “cutlery” then label the drawer as “cutlery” using some masking tape or a post it.
If it is not, you might want to consider swapping the contents with another drawer and labelling that “cutlery” instead.
With your way around the room or area you are clearing out until you feel things are functionally placed.
Week 2 – Week 3
Start corralling all like items into sub-categories within your categories. Then decide if all the subcategories are best kept together or a certain subcategory or that whole category would serve you better being elsewhere.
Keep moving things around as often as needed. You have to make the system work for you. Every system in your home has to work for you, including this!
Another thing to consider at this point is if your selected spot for any category is size appropriate. You will want to work your way through this until you are satisfied.
Week 3 – Week 4
Now the time to get your containers and dividers. Buying these products too early in the process will only result in the wrong sizes or types. So wait until you have everything sorted out and then shop your home or your stores for them right organiser.
Get sub organisers for small items and coral like ones together in a larger organiser working your way to the cabinet or the drawers being the final organiser of each category. Nothing beyond that point.
Remember to give everything a good wash or wipe before putting away.
I suppose you can take those post it’s off now. You can replace those with proper labels or not, if you are confident you can manage.
Month 2 – Month 5
Well done in your first month!! From this point, ask you need to be consistent in your maintenance of the space. Put things back where they belong immediately. Everything now has a home and deserves to be in its own space.
Ok, let’s face it. Nothing is constant. Not our preferences, not our needs and ultimately not our decluttering and organisation. Decluttering is an on going process and therefore so is organising what you keep. Neither is a one-off.
Whether you choose to strictly maintain your organising, decluttering as you go or you do it every 6 months. That’s entirely your choice but I will strongly recommend that you revisit the process at least once in six months even if you have maintained the space well. You might want to make some changes or work things differently.
So, that my loves, is an introduction to the cycle of decluttering and organising.
I hope you find this post helpful and if you want to know more, feel free to contact me!