When faced with me
nagging encouraging him to clear out the clutter in the loft office prior to our planned redecoration, The Brainy One admitted he didn’t know where to start.
“Not to worry,” I trilled cheerfully. “I have a plan!”
- Know your limitations – don’t try and clear everything in one go.
- Pick your weapons – bin bags, access to a shredder and a box for recycling make for a good starting point.
- Decide where it’s all going next – there’s no point in moving stuff from Point A to Point B if you have no idea what you’re then going to with it.
- Enlist help – don’t try and do it all yourself.
- Take coffee breaks – but set a time limit of around 20 minutes.
- Don’t be distracted – don’t start reading through all those school reports or letters. Save that for a later date, if you’ve decided to keep whatever it was you were distracted by.
- Follow the one-year rule (or maybe the two-year rule during a global pandemic) – if you haven’t used or looked at something in a year or more, you can live without it.
- Finish the job – sounds obvious, but don’t walk away leaving your clutter only partially sorted.
- Put things back in an organised fashion – dust/wipe things down before putting back in a box or filing cabinet, sort paperwork by year, keep related items together. For things that you are disposing of, book a slot for the local tip/recycling centre and make use of Freecycle or Gumtree.
- Keep up the momentum – you’ll be so glad you did 🙂