DECLUTTERING FOR THOSE WHO HAVE NO TIME

Our reason we do not declutter is because we do not have time.  Which is true, since we really need a minimum of two uninterrupted days to sort our stuff.  Sadly, most of us, even stay at home wives do not the a weekend to clean.  So what do I have in mind? I have one giant point that will help us declutter any time of the day.

Just one? yes.  You only need this giant step if you do not have the time to clean up spaces in your closet.  Here is what you need to do.

In a corner of your house, have an empty box.  Place that bin in that area where it is accessible for anyone.   If you do not have a carton, you may use a giant plastic bag.  For our case, we use this.

photo not mine

Now here is the one big task.  Every time you come an across an object, a toy, a piece of clothing, a document that you thinking (you do not have to be sure) of disposing, put it in that box.  As you do this, ask your family members to also do the same thing.  In our household, I tell Bryan and Risen to drop off items that they no longer need or want.  In this case, when Bryan for example tries on a polo and he sees he it no longer fits him nicely, it goes straight to the box.  Same thing for me. When I see a display or a kitchen utensil that I used to love but is not needed anymore, I put it in the box.

With this practice, you will be amazed on how you can easily fill up your container with stuff.  Now what is next?!  DO NOT DISPOSE it yet.  How do we go from here?  Here are your options:

1.  Wait for at least 3 months before donating the box full of clutter.  IF in three months, you did not look for any particular item, most likely, you are really ready to give it away.

2.  Sort the box.  Toys go to a public school. Clothes to a relative. So on and so fort.

3.  Double check the box and see if you are all set to dispose it.  This option is tricky, because there is a big tendency you get attached to a particular object again.  Make sure these items will not find a way to go back in your homes.

For us, I do number 1 and 2.  After three months, I drop the box of clutter to a public daycare.  However, the nicest clothes go to a family we are helping out.  My tip is to limit the people you are giving it so as to lessen your time to sort it out.  Actually, the best practice is to drop it off an NGO, or a daycare and leave the sorting to them. I have been doing this for three years and I tell you, THIS ROUTINE WORKS WONDERS.

You would not need a weekend.  Just go through your normal routine at home and declutter as you go.  Again, you only need to do the ff:

1.  Place a box in a corner of your house
2.  Drop items that you think you are ready to let go.
3.  Wait three months
4.  Drop it off to a community or family you are helping

I want to know how how well you did here!  Let me know in three months, okay?

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