To ensure success, I have broken down where to begin into many different steps. This month, we begin the second half of my series Where Do I Begin? If you are new to my blog, please check out previous blogs or my podcast Hoardganize: http://hoardganize.libsyn.com. This second half of the series focuses on What Now?
Once you have the basic tools and steps down to decluttering and have generated some bags, you need to know what to do with everything. If you feel you still need help making decisions and decluttering, listen or read on my blog Episodes 1 through 5. Listen or read as many times as you need to have down. I want you to have complete confidence as you begin this next step.
When you declutter you will come across important things need that you need to handle immediately after your decluttering session. It may be a phone number or a bill that needs to be paid. Try and not do anything until you have finished your decluttering session. I know the urge to handle it right now is very strong, especially if you have ADHD. Remember, you have dedicated this time to declutter to change your life. You have blocked it out on your calendar. Keep your attention and focus on decluttering, especially if you are only clearing clutter in small chunks of time, such as 15 minutes. More likely than not, you can wait to make the phone call or complete the other tasks that have come up in your important bag.
If, and only if, it is an absolute emergency, make that call. You should have your phone next to you at all times as I mentioned in Episode 1 to keep from getting up. Make the call and then resume decluttering.
You might have also found money, change, and gift cards. You most likely will. I cannot tell you how many boxes and bins I have found filled with money. After each decluttering session, put away your money. Commit to doing this after each session. Respect your money and put it away nicely. It might not have an official place to live like a wallet or piggy bank. If you are coming across lots of money, find a separate sturdy container to keep it
all together. A paper bag might break. Also, money could be dirty and you don’t want it mixed in with other important stuff.
What if you find important documents like a passport? At the moment, you don’t have a designated spot because you have no room to put it anywhere. I suggest labeling the heck out of your important bin. You might have several important items and that is okay. It’s better to keep important stuff in multiple labeled containers than unleash stuff into the clutter again.
As you continue to declutter your home, make sure that you keep your important containers staged in the same place. Don’t leave these boxes and bins out and around because they could get lost in the chaos. Have an area you can remember and easily access. It might not be pretty; find a corner in the kitchen, a closet…whatever feels good to you. Put all your important bags and containers there and keep them in one area. That way if you are looking for something important, you have it narrowed down to one area where it could be.
It is OK to have multiple important containers in a stacked pile. Remember, this is only temporary. I know it is not perfect, but ultimately in the future you won’t have a corner full of containers. Right now, take it step-by-step and day-by-day. In the future, all of your important items will have a home.
How do you designate important items when you declutter? What is your biggest challenge when you find significant stuff when clearing your clutter? Share your comments below.
Next month our What Now? focuses on sorting your keep containers.
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