Yesterday l was listening to a webcast of Oprah chatting to a professional de-clutterer and me being the potential CLUTTERER..... l was all ears.
These are the 10 things l want you to get rid of TODAY....starting with PAINT, you know those old tins of touch up paint for your house, go out now and get rid of it all.....well, she lost me at GO 'cos l don't even know what SHED those tins are IN, let alone be able to locate (or remember) those specific colours amongst the millions of tins that have accumulated out there over the last 20 years.
Then....All your old pens, those promotional pens and non-working pens lying around in drawers.....THROW them...and l'm like, is she SERIOUS....l can't even FIND a pen in my house, so lf l spot one, l sure as hell WON'T be throwing it out.
Also.... now ALL your old mobile phones...Don't know about YOU but l'd need the help of a couple of SES workers and a sniffer dog to pull THAT one off :-).....but the absolute kicker was when she said, now ladies go and throw out all your excess black boots....she obviously has NO idea how many miles, markets and opshops it took to find even ONE decent pair of black boots, so just NO....and then l had a light bulb moment. She must be a de-clutterer for NORMAL people and not for ACTUAL pickers, hoarders and collectors, so l thought l'd write a few (SEMI) serious tips for THE REST OF US.
1. l won't say PLAN.....let's just be gentle on ourselves here.....but l would say keep in mind a day through the next week or so where you MIGHT have a free hour or two and set it aside for a "tinsy" tidy up....hey a little delusion can't hurt :-)
2. It definitely helps to be at your least stressed, so if you're an early bird, start early so you can start fresh. If you're a night owl wait 'til late when the house is quiet and begin then.
3 DON'T de-clutter when hungry....a non rumbly tummy will go a long way to stop you from flagging in the middle of a process that COULD take (WAY) longer than expected:-)
4. HIDE your phone so you won't hear it and turn off the telly....the least distractions the better and try to de-clutter alone, other people can also be distracting and dare l say it...annoying, even if they ARE just trying to help. Unless of course they're professional de-clutterers, in which case you won't NEED my tips...haha!!5. Start with one pile at a time, and make it the one that annoys you MOST...maybe it's the one on the end of the bench, the table, or in the corner of a room....that way you can get the maximum pleasure from the space when you're done, which might also encourage you to continue....even if you only do ONE drawer, cupboard or space at a time you'll eventually GET there.
6. Now the professional de-clutterer will say make THREE piles.... a keep pile, a throw pile and a send to charity pile...but DON'T do this, it's way too slow and confusing.....make TWO piles only... a keep pile and a "yeh but" pile, which is shorthand for the..yeh but l can DO something with THAT pile..... At least then you'll have TWO distinct piles.
7. Sort as quickly as possible so as not to overthink things, this will also prevent you slipping into a coma from either confusion, distraction, boredom or all of the above:-)
8. If you've been working on a pile that doesn't have an ACTUAL home, eg. the end of bench or table top pile, after sorting try and stuff what you've KEPT into a cupboard somewhere and that can be a project for some other day.....you KNOW how this works right:-)
9. After sorting try and find storage for what you've saved or display it beautifully somewhere so you can enjoy it. Then there's only the problem of what to do with the "yeh but" pile (which of course you also want to KEEP).....but ask yourself rationally if you'll REALLY make or DO something with ANYTHING in that pile over the next few weeks....more than likely you won't, so seriously TRY not to even sort through this pile and throw it ALL immediately into the bin so there's no time to rethink......if some of this pile is truly too good to bin then bag it up and place it in your CAR right away so it can be dropped off the VERY next time you're out.
Botanical print doona cover was found at Ikea.....VERY reluctantly l even threw out an old one to make way for the new one:-))
l hope you've enjoyed my tips....even though I've written them as a bit of a laugh, most of them actually DO work for me, it'd be great if they did for you too:-)
Have a great weekend everyone and catch you soon,