March 24, 2014

What Progress Looks Like

Finding Success When You're De-Cluttering via Clean Mama

This week we’re continuing to work on storage ‘situations’ in our homes. Figure out what your worst spot is and get started sorting. Last week I gave you some ideas for where to start and I hope you were able to get moving on some storage in your home. If you weren’t able to start, use this week to work on your storage.

I spent last week going through boxes in the basement that haven’t been touched since we moved in to our house 5 years ago. My kids spent some time in the basement playing basketball and riding bikes and scooters (they had the best time, I probably should have been doing this all winter long). I made a lot of progress on my basement but I’m not completely done. Sorting through memories takes time and I don’t want to hastily get rid of something only to regret it later. If you made it through a box last week or a whole room, give yourself a pat on the back and keep on going this week!

I followed this method:

  1. Open storage box/shelf/bin and empty completely.
  2. Sort quickly into 4 piles – relocate (bring out of storage), keep (keep in storage), toss, donate.
  3. Put everything in its place – relocate, keep, toss, or donate.
  4. If something is good enough to go back in storage, label it. Use a label maker, masking tape, or an envelope with an index card taped to the outside to write down the items inside the box or bin.

So the bins that you see in the picture were my progress from last week. Lots of bins emptied, lots of stuff donated and relocated. It’s okay that my progress isn’t a shelf with super organized bins all color-coordinated. This is what real progress looks like for me. And I love it! Any success in your de-cluttering this past week?

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