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Your plan of attack – 3 simple steps

Step 1 – Sort through the room and put purged items into appropriate boxes

Step 2 – Organize the items you are keeping

Step 3 – Dispose of Purged things

Before you start your purge, you need to set the stage so to speak.  Get boxes together, you will need lots of them.  Label four boxes with the following:

  • Garbage
  • Recycle
  • Sell/Donate
  • Deal With

Step 1: Sorting

To support your goal of a clutter-free space, you are only going to keep what supports you.  Everything else goes.  Use your handy ‘Deal With’ box.  You want to keep up your purge momentum going and later on you can spend more time contemplating those other items.

Traps & Pitfalls: Cleaning

Sometimes it’s easier to just clean instead of making those tough decisions because it’s familiar and simple to do.  Do not spend all of your time doing this.

Step 2: Organizing

Traps & Pitfalls: Perfection

Sometimes ‘good enough’ is just good enough.   Don’t steal time from the purging to make your place perfect, there will be time for that later.  Keep up your momentum.

A Right Place for Everything

Take time to think about how you use the space you’ve just cleared and place items back accordingly.

Keep like with like

There isn’t much more to say here.  Group similar items together; it’s simple and it just works.

Step 3: Finishing Up

Getting purged items out of the house

Since you worked so hard to get here, make sure you get rid of the clutter you worked so hard to dispose of.


You are clutter free!  What a great accomplishment!  Now you can relax.


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