Group Like things Together by Amelia Barnes, Life coach, Indianapolis, INYesterday I cleaned off the kitchen counters, loaded the dishwasher and even cleaned the kitchen sink just as the timer buzzed at 20 minutes. This may be routine for you but it was exciting for me. If your focus is on clearing off the kitchen counters, go for it.  Congratulate yourself on the progress you have made so far.

Day 4 and It’s Saturday. So I can devote a large chunk of time to the Uncluttering project. Based on the weather I can either clean out the garage – it’s October so we won’t have that many more nice days and parking in the garage in the winter is a definite plus. Or I could unclutter the main rooms. – Just the surface and stashes in the corners. I’ll come back later – maybe even next month – for a second pass later for dealing with what’s in the drawers and cabinets.

Clutter Clearing Guidelines

1. 60-80% – not perfection
2. Start with the kitchen sink
3. Make a Plan

Today I’d like to add a fourth guideline:

Group Like Things Together.

Those of us who are not born organized, may have a number of hammers, for instance – one in the tool box, one in the basement where we were trying to fix something and a third where we hung the last picture. We may even have a number more we don’t even know about. Gathering like things together has a tremendous advantage because we can clearly see what we have. Have you ever gone out to buy something when you knew you had it but you had no idea where it was?

My favorite tool is the cardboard file boxes you can buy at office supply stores. They are relatively inexpensive. Uniform in size and stack nicely.

Oversimplifying, putting all the things that don’t have a home or belong in a particular room just leave me overwhelmed with a whole bunch of boxes that need to be sorted and I give up and put them in the garage or basement unsorted which creates even more clutter. Some of my categories: crafts, office supplies, tools, small games and their pieces, books, magazines, winter hats and gloves, make up and skin care and electronics. Keep the boxes general – too many also causes confusion.

I also recommend containers for trash, recycling, give away and one for each member of the family. Big hint – I learned the hard way – don’t mix current papers that need action such as recent mail or bills with papers that have been around for awhile – keep your items that need action separate.

Take action unclutter. Remember group like things together.

Don’t think about uncluttering. Just Do it.

I’m Amelia Barnes and I’ve committed to unflattering my life in 31 days and to share what works and doesn’t work with you.  Join me and let me know about your own unflattering project.

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