What's the Homemaking September ShapeUp! all about?
For everyone just joining in I'll be explicit, for everyone doing this daily with me... well you know the drill.
Monday we decluttered the Kitchen, Tuesday we decluttered the Dining Areas and the Entrances to our home, Wednesday we decluttered the Living Areas, yesterday we decluttered the Bedrooms. We're still decluttering, but this time the extra rooms in the house; office, craft room, studio, sewing room, exercise room, guest room, whatever the spare rooms are used for. Spend an extra day in the kid's rooms if that's what you need. Again, don't dwell on just 1 item, don't get sidetracked.
First, grab a trash bag and the same 2 totes you've been using, again 1 is for donate/sell and 1 for put away items for other rooms. As you are going through the areas and run across items that don't belong, put them in one of the totes. Again, don't leave the areas to put them away yet.
Go through the room(s) quickly and throw all the trash in the trash bag and also everything that is broken or no longer functional, like broken hangers, staplers that always jam, or broken paintbrushes. If you run across an item you no longer need/use/want and it's in good working order, put it in the donate/sell bin. Clear off the surface and furniture items. Quickly go through the drawers and cabinets doing a quick scan for anything that should be thrown or you no longer use.
In the office the biggest challenge is usually paper. Gather all the loose papers, if you can file them as you are gathering them, go ahead and do so. If not, gather them together into a box and make an appointment with yourself to deal with the box sometime in the next week or two. I always start with a quick flip through separating out trash, to be filed, documenting items and action items. Trash is obvious. To be filed items don't need anything done with them, just put them away. Document items are things like scraps of paper with phone numbers, dates or notes that need to be added to your address book or calendar and then thrown. Action items are things like bills and RSVP's, take care of these items or add them to your calendar so you don't forget them.
In craft rooms, resist the urge to run out and buy containers first. Sort through and decide what you really need, use and want to keep. Figure out how you'd like to group and organize items, then by the containers. It doesn't make sense to be buying more things that could end up being clutter, if they aren't well thought out.
Take one last glance around the area and look at the decorations in the area and look at it with new eyes. Do you love it? Does it work? Is it just there because it's always been there? If you decide you don't want to keep it, put it in the donate/sell bin. This isn't the time to do all sorts of rearranging and decorating, just a quick evaluation of what might be visual clutter. Is something sitting on your desk just because it's always been there? If so, consider replacing it for a season, or permanently.
Now, take the bin of items for put away, and put the items in the appropriate rooms.
Now that we've done a basic decluttering go on over to Tamy's for Techniques to Make Weekday Meals Easier.