I have been trying for two long years to declutter my home. I’ve made the rounds once and got rid of all the things that irritate me, but it’s time for a second go at it.
This time it will be harder because I’m getting rid of some things that have fond memories for me – my high school pompoms, a stack of letters from my first boyfriend, pictures of people from my college days I can barely remember, and my award for being third runner up to honorable mention at the 1962 Science Fair.
Face it, as you grow older those memories stack up year by year until you have a virtual leaning tower of Pisa and it’s about to collapse.
I’m only going to do this for 10 minutes a day. That would be like taking six hours to do the deed each month and who has that much time in one lump sum any more?
Cynthia Ewer, editor of OrganizedHome.com says the first thing you need to do is harden your heart. I’ll say! I must dare to dump anything and everything that is not absolutely necessary and useful or so well loved it would break my heart to part with it.
Clear the decks. You know the routine. Prepare three boxes with these labels: Pitch it on garbage day, Give it Away or Find it a permanent home.
Start at the top The top shelves, which Ewer says resemble an unknown landscape at the back of the moon should be tackled first – that way you don’t explode dust mites on lower shelves you’ve already purged.
Here’s a motivational tip I discovered by accident – click a photo of the area you are about to purge – a drawer, shelf or closet. When done, click a photo of the cleared and cleaned space. Hang it on your refrigerator like you did your children’s artwork decades ago. You deserve to be proud even if you’re 65 and a half!