People often decide to get rid of clutter immediately before or after a significant change in their lives. Before the arrival of a new baby, this period is sometimes referred to as nesting. But, the same thing can happen with a promotion at work, an illness, or even around a vacation. We follow a desire to get rid of the old to make way for the new.
When this desire to purge can’t be ignored any longer, it’s a good idea to sit down and do a little bit of planning before diving into the process.
- Determine the overall goal of the project. Envision what you want the end result to be and keep this goal in mind as you work through the next steps.
- Create a timeline. Estimate how long it is going to take you to work through your project. A closet cleanse might take just a few hours, but a garage overhaul might consume an entire weekend.
- Rally the troops. It’s often more fun to work with others instead of on your own. Also, an outsider’s opinion might be a good voice of reason when you’re in the weeds of the project. Plus, it’s fun to have someone share in toasting your success at the end of the project.
- Gather supplies. Get boxes or bags for sorting your things into piles of keep, trash, recycle, repair/return, and sell. You might also have an additional container for items you want to wait to get rid of because you’re not ready to make a decision about right now.
- Finally, get your hands dirty. Work through the process until you have achieved your desired goal.
Good luck, and I hope that it’s a positive change that is inspiring you to get rid of the clutter and make room for new possibilities.