is such a short month that I want you to concentrate on small specific
areas. Rather than attempt to tackle your entire wardrobe, sort out your
belts or ties one day and then move onto your jumpers. Before you start
any project, visualise what you want to achieve and how much easier your
life will be when things are more organised. The more you focus on the
potential gains the less you will view decluttering as a loss or deprivation.
Try the following to ease the decision making:
down 7 small decluttering jobs that have been on your to-do-list for
ages. Put them in an envelope and then lucky dip one each day for a
- Use it
or lose it. Every day in February use or wear one thing that you're
not sure about. This will help you see if the Christmas scarf is treasure
or heading to the charity shop.
down all the rooms in your home and put them in an envelope. Each day
draw one out and spend a few minutes tackling one small corner of that
room. Put the room back in the envelope ready for the next draw.
one area like
freezer and eat up the contents before defrosting or
buying new magazines until you've read the pile at home.
up some of your stash of hair and skincare products and avoid lunchtime
visits to cosmetics counters.
it's their birthday don't buy your kids any new toys or DVDs this month.
Treat them to a day out at the end of the month with the money saved.
- Do something
every day no matter how small to bring order back to your house. If
you're having a lousy day then throw just one thing out that day. It's
a great way of feeling in control of the clutter - you can keep on top
of it in good times and bad.
with a non-thing present at the end of the month like a visit to a theatre
or cocktails at a upmarket hotel!
To aid you on your way, use
Sue's book is full of good ideas to help you understand why clutter has
you in its grip and how to wrest back control - click on the picture to
check it out...
"I'm due to move home in about 6 weeks. I'm tempted to take
all the clutter with me and sort it out when I get there. I really can't
"Moving is a stressful time and it's important to pace yourself.
Use the little and often methods above to kick-start the process. Get
some storage boxes in advance and begin packing things you can live without
for a few weeks. Label all boxes clearly with the contents and which room
they are going into.
"But do accept that there are usually 2 phases to decluttering -
one before the move and one after so don't worry about everything being
perfect before you go. Avoid sticking unopened boxes from your old garage
straight into your new one. I have known people who've chucked these without
opening them but that's a bit too radical even for me - so have a quick
look before saying goodbye to unwanted stuff.
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Sue Kay works
with a wide range of clients to organise home offices, small businesses,
declutter before a house move, prepare your spare room for a new baby
and organise your wardrobe ready for the new season. If you're selling
your home, she can help you present it clutter-free for the market to
achieve a quick and profitable sale. For practical sympathetic help call
Sue on 07974 076 675 or 020 8444 5149 or check out the website at www.nomoreclutter.co.uk