Friday, September 11, 2009

S.O.S. shed our stuff

I recently heard someone explain that they were “sending up an S.O.S. for help” I asked what they meant by that, since we were no where near water or boats and it didn’t really make sense. They said, “We need help to Shed Our Stuff!” Pretty clever!

If you are also looking to shed some of your stuff, keep reading. I’ve put together a list of 10 ways to get started on your quest to S.O.S!

  1. Start with a short 15 minutes decluttering session daily.
  2. Recognize it won't happen overnight. It took time for clutter to take over your house.
  3. Make a plan of attack and stick with it. Daily and weekly to-do lists can be helpful.
  4. When dealing with clutter, ask yourself the following questions:
    1. Do I love it?
    2. Do I need it?
    3. Is it easy to replace?
    4. Does it love me back?
  5. Create a home for everything…yes especially the new things you buy.
  6. Use is the 1 in, 2 out principle. For every new item you get, two old items leave.
  7. Try using the four container method to sorting clutter:

Box 1: Trash

Box 2: Give away- items that others can use

Box 3: Put away- items that need to be put away into another room in the house

Box 4: Keep or toss- items that you are unsure what you want to do with right now. Give yourself a time limit on how long those items will sit in the box before a decision is made.

  1. Try the RAFT method for sorting paperwork:

R: Read- papers you need to read
A: Act on it- papers that need an action from you

F: File- papers that need to be filed like

T: Trash- papers such as junk mail, flyers, and old coupons

  1. Have a decluttering partner or friend who will help keep you on track.
  2. Get your family and friends on board…or contact a professional organizer to get your going in the right direction.

***Keep in mind that getting rid of items around your home can be very emotional. However, the memories associated with some items are often more important than the actual objects. If this is the case, take pictures of the items to make into a scrapbook. It will keep the memories alive while allowing you to let go of the items…and all your stuff!

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