Organize your life
TARGET- the room that would be most valuable to you if it was organized, Frequently, this is where you spend the most time.
START- with what's most current. In the kitchen, for example, the papers on top of the island are probably both recent and important to you. Get those in order first. As additional mail or kids' papers arrive each day, incorporate them into your new system. Once your new process is working smoothly, you can tackle the backlog of older paper.
CONSIDER- you garbage can, recycling bin and donation box your top organizing tools. The larger they are, the more likely you are to use them.
CREATE- a donation directory to encourage quick disposal of excess items. List your favorite local charities and include phone number, hours of operation, articles accepted and the drop off/pickup policy.
PURGE- once a year. What was useful at one time in your life, might not be anymore.
Three box strategy
Familiar with the 80/20 rule? It applies to clutter, too. You use twenty percent of your stuff eighty percent of the time. However, it's mentally and physically difficult to get rid of the unused portion in one swoop. Instead, use the three box strategy to whittle clutter away.
1. Label three cardstock boxes: KEEP. NOT SURE and TOSS.
2. Quickly sort items into the appropriate boxes. It will be easy to decide what belongs in the KEEP and TOSS boxes.
3. Whenever an item slows you down, that's your cue it belongs in the NOT SURE box.
4. When you finish this rapid sort, put the KEEP items back where they belong.
5. Get rid of whatever landed in TOSS donate, sell or give it away.
6. Steer clear of this area for a week.
7. Return and repeat the process with the NOT SURE items. You'll find you're mentally ready to put some of last week's NOT SURE into the TOSS box.
8. Use the process as many times as necessary until you're satisfied with the amount you've discarded.