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Declutter a room
« on: 2012 12 22 - 10:18 »
How to declutter a room and get organized

Benefits of applying this knowledge:
• Maintain an organized room with less need for major decluttering.
• Save time by not having to search for misplaced items. You will know where your stuff is and find what you need immediately.
• Peace of mind. Physical junk weighs you down emotionally, thus decluttering your room will have a decluttering effect on your mind as well.
• Since your outer world influences your inner world your mind becomes calm and clear.
• You will feel more at ease inviting people over and they will feel more at ease in your decluttered rooms.
Things to consider before starting:
• Keeping your room organized is actually less work than not to do so. So if you are lazy / practical, then keep stuff tidy!
• Rid yourself of everything that isn’t absolutely essential, that you don’t love and use often.  If you have not used an item in two years time, it is unlikely that you ever will. You will probably not miss it, so seriously consider getting rid of it.
• Either start today or make a note in your calendar for a specific date and a time you will start decluttering. Just saying “Some day…” is a recipe  for failure.
 Setting a date does not mean that all decluttering has to be completed at the set date, only that you will start, even if it is just for 15 minutes on one shelf.
• Don’t allow more stuff into your home unless it really adds value to your life. You can even set a rule that for every item you bring to your home, you have to get rid of one (or two if you are hardcore!) other item you already possess.
• Tackle one room at a time, and only one small section of the room at a time.
 Focusing on a small area at a time is less daunting than trying to take on a big cluttered room.
• If you don’t have the energy for a long session, you can choose to just deal with one small area this day.  Even if you do only one shelf or drawer or cupboard each day – small efforts each day will eventually make a big difference.
Assigning “Homes” for your items:
• A great way to keep a room from becoming cluttered is to assign a “home” for every single item.
• A “home” is an area you have decided that this item actually belongs – A default space where the item is suitable.
• A home can, for example, be a certain place on your desk, your book-shelf, or somewhere in a cupboard, drawer or other container.
• What is clutter? It is when things are not where they are supposed to be.
 So as long as all the items remain in their homes the room will not be cluttered!
• Having a home for each item not only keeps your room tidy, it also helps you find your stuff a lot quicker when you know exactly where stuff is.
• Whenever you acquire a new item, you should make a habit of assigning a home for it.
• Be a bit clever when assigning homes. Put stuff you use most on places where they are conveniently reached.
 I.e. washing-powder near the washing-machine, the pans and pots close to the stove and so on.
• You may later discover that some items you move may require multiple homes.
 For example, a book you like to read in different rooms.
 Having two or three potential places will still be better than looking everywhere for it. However, don’t worry about this to begin with.
• After using an item be rigorous about putting it back to its default space – its “home”.

 General information:

• If you like you can put on some music, which tends to put you in an energetic mood.
• Get 4 big boxes, bags or simply make room for 4 piles on the floor and assign one for the following:
    - Give / Sell – Everything you intend to either sell or give away.
    - Throw away – Everything you intend to throw away.
    - Store / Archive – Everything you intend to store / archive for future use or reference.
    - To do – Everything you need to take care of in some manner.
• Should you feel that you need some additional container (i.e. for laundry), go ahead and add it to the above ones. However, try to keep the number of  “extra” containers to a minimum or things can get confusing.
• Do not let not finding containers be an excuse to stop you. If you can’t find any suitable containers, simply make piles on the floor.
• Go through the room clockwise, one small area at a time.

 Declutter a room one small area at a time. height=350

• Start by standing in the doorway of the room.  Now look at the square meter area immediately to your left and start there.
• Start from the top working your way downwards item by item. Stop at every single item and asking yourself: “Have I used this item during the last two years?” If not, seriously consider getting rid of it.
• If you have several items that are similar, ask yourself if you really need x amount of this item or can you get by with one or two?
• If an item has sentimental value ask yourself how often do you really bring that item up into your hands and indulge in it.
 Remember that one can hold on to a memory without keeping an item. If you still feel you really can’t get let go of it, then take a photo of it, or scan it (if it is a paper) and rid yourself of the physical three-dimensional object that is taking up space.
• When you encounter an item you are determined to keep then ask yourself: “Is this a good place for this item to be?”
 If not, assign a new “home” for it. If you cannot immediately come up with a good home, then put the item in the “To do”-box and take care of it later.
• If an item belongs in another room or building, don’t waste time on it now, just put it in the ‘To do’ -box for now, and deal with it later.
• It can be tempting to skip unremarkable or difficult objects but don’t do it! Be thorough and DON”T skip one single item. Take care of each item before moving on to the next.
• When you are done with this square meter, move along the wall clockwise to the next square meter and repeat  throughout the whole room.
• Skip drawers and cupboards and other closed containers during the first “round”.
 Go through such enclosed storage-spaces in a second round.
 The idea is to clear the larger areas first to see the biggest change quickly, thus giving you a mental boost to continue.
• The first round is all about the big picture. Don’t loose your momentum by getting caught up in small details like assigning homes or going through papers or binders. Put any time-consuming items into the “To do”-box and deal with those later. You should only focus on fairly swiftly moving through the room at this stage.
• Try not to stop moving for too long (It makes you work more efficiently). Resist the temptation of browsing through a book or an old letter or such. Don’t get sidetracked. Keep your focus on tidying the room!
• When one of your boxes or bags get too full, it is time to either deal with it to get it empty again, or to put it outside the room for now and replace it with a new and empty container.
• Keep going until every item in your room is either in one of the boxes or at a place (home) you have assigned for it in the room.
• Keep your spirits high even if it takes time. A messy room may very well need more than one day to go through.
 Focus on the progress you are making and let that momentum inspire you to go on until the current room is completely done.
• Clear one room before moving on to the next.
Dealing with the boxes, bags or piles:
• When you are done with the room, it is time to take care of the boxes. This part is important so make sure you deal with it!
• Start by sorting the garbage and throw it away.
• Put any laundry into the washer.
• Continue with the “give away”-pile and put all that in a suitable container to be brought to a suitable charity.
• Make ready adverts for the stuff you want to sell.
Preventing future clutter build up:
• If you have assigned homes for all your stuff and are making sure to return items to their assigned space, then your room should stay tidy. Some future cluttering may be unavoidable, but it will be much less of it to deal with.
• When a room is only mildly cluttered a good habit is to grab just one or two of the misplaced  items and putting them where they belong every time you happen to pass by. By doing such small efforts continually, your room will remain tidy.
• Use times when you are waiting (for example, for water to boil in the kitchen) by taking a quick look around to see if there are things you can declutter, rather than just linger.
• Visit an office-supply store to buy a hole-maker and a ring binder (you may eventually need two or three) with indexes and mark the back of it with the current year.  Use the binder to store any papers you can’t throw away.
 Don’t keep more than two (or three) binders. One for the current year and one for last year. When a new year begins, throw out the stuff in the old one and make it the current-year binder.
 That being said, one third binder could be kept for tax-related stuff and long-lasting warranties and the like.
• If you share a home with other people, take a few minutes to (tactfully) explain that you would like to have an uncluttered home and ask for their help. Then let them know about your suggested homes for items (Do this diplomatically).

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Re: Declutter a room
« Reply #1 on: 2013 04 16 - 06:54 »
I recently I  de cluttered my room
It has done wonders for me feel kind of free
Will be sure to keep it this way

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Re: Declutter a room
« Reply #2 on: 2014 09 22 - 13:31 »
This is an awesome can't believe I didn't think of this before, really helped me. Never realised how much clutter I had kept over time, really helped me I feel so much more relaxed about it now

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Re: Declutter a room
« Reply #3 on: 2015 09 28 - 10:30 »
     A great! Article and a very practical "how to" I've been wondering these days if there is an article about cleaneng your house on the internet and if not to do one myself and post it. This one is way more than I was thinking of in the sense that it is very detaliated and tells about the benefits of decluttering your room and house in general which for a second didn't passed in my mind, also it comes with some great pictures.

     I myself like to keep things tidy and learn't this from my own experience, I used to live alone for a while and had dificulty in finding my things. Now when I search for something I know where to find it and if it isn't there!...I've lost it  ;D  Ha! Ha! Ha!

     It really have's an inpact not only on the mind but also on your Emotional state! Made an experiment a while ago "Before and after".

     In a few words after I cleaned the room I felt "more space" in my chest, a very pleasurable feeling of peace and easiness, felt almost like a feather. I found this very AMAZING! a banal act like cleaning your room can have such a huuuge impact on an individual.

     If someone wishes to start a journey on the road of Personal Development this is the very first thing that they should do. It strengthens the Will and sends a message to the Subconcious that "From today on we are going to make some order in my life"

     Too often I visited peoples places that where horibly organised and it took them half an hour just to get ready in leaving the house. (Finding the suited closes, wallet, keys, "Where did I left my belt?")

     An advice that goes very well after you finished cleaning the house is:

- "Mantain your order and build a habit of making order and cleaning after you EVERY TIME! This way you won't have to do another mass operation and call in the cleaning brigade :)) "

     And also feel free to move that chair, desk and even wardrobe if you are at it, it will make your place look anew, give you a pleasant feeling and gets you open and ready for new changes.

     Take care! ;)