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What NOT to Do While De-cluttering

If you’re reading this, you’ve no doubt decided to take on a project. It can be exciting and a relief to finally tackle something that may have been bothering you.

Don’t take on too much at once. Don’t set aside an entire day to organize your whole space (home or office). If you plan to work for 8 hours, you might lose energy and/or focus. Most people get tired and/or burn out after 2 – 3 hours. Much better to stay focused on one project that you can complete and that makes you feel great. You’ll have developed “forward mo” (momentum), and will want to do more.

Don’t buy new containers yet; that is, until you’re sure they’ll do what you need, and fit where needed. Much better to clean out first, assess what containers you really need, then buy a few to start. You can always add more later, instead of having containers cluttering your space while you figure out how and where you might use them.

Don’t get distracted. It can be easy to bring an object into another room, then start something there. As you work in a room, keep boxes or bags nearby with the following labels – toss, give away, recycle, other rooms. Stay where you are!

Don’t obsess. Very few people have closets and drawers that look like those we see in magazines and catalogs. They’ve likely been staged by stylists. If you can set up a system that works well for your needs, you’ll succeed. Good enough is good enough.

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