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STEP SEVEN – TOO MUCH TO KEEP? CHECK AGAIN…
This is a step often completely overlooked, but can reap even more rewards if you add it into the process.
Take a minute right now to go through your KEEP pile and check that what you have is what you really want to keep.
I mentioned in the last step that you should try and place all LIKE items together in your KEEP pile – i.e. all trousers together, all pens together etc….
This gives you the opportunity to do one last check on that which you want to keep – as you may well want to keep all your jeans (for example) when decluttering your wardrobe because wear them most days, but when you see that you actually have 32 pairs you may well be willing to declutter a few now!
If you spend a few minutes making sure what you are keeping is really what you want to keep, you won’t be wasting space by keeping too much of any one thing.
STEP EIGHT – EVERYTHING AWAY
This should now be quite easy to do, as you have got everything in the right category piles ready to action.
Start with putting back everything you want to keep in the space (it’s worth cleaning the area before you put it all back as well, as this will take seconds when its empty).
It’s also worth saying here that if you were looking to organise each space after you have decluttered, then you may want to put things back roughly where you think they will go – that way you can see at a glance whether things need containers, dividers etc…. – but for now, as we are only decluttering – put things back wherever makes the most sense to you right now.
Next, get rid of anything that’s leaving the house. If you can’t actually get to the tip, or the charity shop etc.. on that same day, then label the containers and either put into the boot of your car ready, or into the garage. If you are decluttering several areas, or over several days, then you may want to wait to make these trips as then you can do it all in one go when you have finished.
Lastly – take everything that belongs in a different room and put it back where it should go.
STEP NINE – RELAX AND REWARD FOR A JOB WELL DONE!
You should now be able to see your space in a whole different light – without things that don’t belong in there – and you may now want to organise the space to take it that step further – but for now, lets leave it at that – organising’s for another day!
Enjoy the space, feel lighter now you have less clutter – and put your feet up – you deserve it!
(and if you want a treat, here’s a list of options I put together a while ago for inspiration…)
If you follow these 9 simple steps then you’ll know exactly how to declutter next time you start a project in your own home, and it should go pretty smoothly!
You will make the space work really well, and keep only that which really matters to you and your home – and what could be better than that!
Here’s a recap of the steps for you:-
- Step 1 – Decide on what you’ll declutter
- Step 2 – Evaluate the space (what is clutter in that space)
- Step 3 – Clear your working space
- Step 4 – Layout your kit
- Step 5 – Understand how you will tackle the area – plan of attack
- Step 6 – The Declutter
- Step 7 – Too much in the KEEP pile? Check again
- Step 8 – Everything away
- Step 9 – Relax and reward yourself for a job well done!
Ready to get started on your own home?
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