HOW TO TACKLE A PURGING PROJECT


HELLO

How are things going? How are you holding up? This is such a strange, uncertain time, and the not knowing can be one of the hardest parts. Hang in there, things will get better.

Last week we talked about having a bedroom that is dedicated to being a bedroom, and clearing things out that don’t belong. If possible, the bedroom should be just the bedroom – It’s not very relaxing (or romantic) to be crowded in with piles and stacks and stuff. At the end of the day, no one wants to be faced with a bunch of undones while they are trying to chill.

So, let’s talk through how to make this happen. Of course, you can apply these ideas to any space you are ready to tackle. And even if you are not ready. Take a look, I bet you can see yourself applying these hints and being successful.

Depending on the amount of undesirables you are dealing with, you may want to head for the hills rather than tackle the issue. I understand. You’ve got this! Let’s walk through it together.

  • Breathe. Your stuff doesn’t call the shots, you do. Take a breath and show those piles who is boss.
  • Look around. I know, you may not have a clue where to start. Just get a good picture of what you have going on. Acknowledge what is the reality and then you can go forward.
  • Get a few ideas. There is no wrong way to do this, so as you look around, pay attention to what jumps out at you. If you are feeling it, go with it.
  • Set a timer. Can you do 30 minutes? You can get so much done! Maybe only 15? Honestly, 15 dedicated minutes can really make a difference. Set the timer and focus.
  • Start with one decluttering principle, like removing only the trash, returning things that belong in another room or in a donation area, or tackling one small spot.
  • When the timer is done, maybe keep going. Or not. You may be surprised when you see your progress and want to keep it up. But if you can’t swing more, no worries. You met your goal and you should be thrilled with yourself.
  • Save the last few minutes for buttoning things up. Sometimes purging looks worse in the middle of a project. You may not be able to put everything away, but make sure you have time to straighten up before you put the project to bed. (See what I did there?)
  • Be super thrilled with your progress. I love this part. It feels so good to see the improvement.
  • Check out the progress often. It is super motivating to admire what you’ve accomplished. Work with that – it’s powerful!
  • Repeat. You may need to revisit the same space multiple times. That is totally fine. Just keep coming back. Try not to let too much time lapse between sessions – that is for sure a motivation killer. 

What do you think? Doable, right? Coming at a decluttering project in chunks of time is such a great way to tackle the beast. It doesn’t all have to be done in one day, even though we may want it to be done. 

Give it a try and let me know how it’s going!

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