5- The Five Piles Strategy
Decluttering is a daunting process that is why a whole profession was built upon it – professional organizing. Assign 5 containers (no need to buy containers, use what you have): Keep, Donate, Re-purpose, Sell and Trash.
Hold each item in the area you tackle and give yourself 30 seconds to determine which pile to put it. Allowing yourself such a short time to think will help you not getting cold feet and deciding to keep it, ending up with everything in the ‘Keep’ pile. Ask yourself: do I love it? did I use it during the last six months? does it have a real monetary value? can I re-purpose it and use it in a different room or for a different use? is it worn , torn, or broken? Based on your answer, you can decide which pile to put the item in. Take the Donate and Trash piles as soon as possible out of the house.
Originally posted 2016-02-18 23:28:57.