Let­ting go of clut­ter

The Star Malaysia - Star2 - - STAR HOMES -

FoR a spot­less house, it pays to be ruth­less when you’re deal­ing with clut­ter. Spring clean­ing usu­ally refers to the an­nual event of clean­ing a house thor­oughly.

one of the big­gest hur­dles in any clean­ing oper­a­tion is get­ting rid of clut­ter. once the un­wanted stuff is out of the way, the ac­tual clean­ing is a lot eas­ier and faster.

Since you know your work­ing style best, de­cide whether you will reach your goal faster by work­ing un­in­ter­rupted over a weekend or set­ting aside 10 min­utes ev­ery day to com­plete lit­tle tasks. Plan a sched­ule, set a rea­son­able dead­line, and stick to it.

Sort out the clut­ter one room at a time. Make in­stant de­ci­sions about what to keep and what to throw away. The longer you take to de­cide, the more likely you’ll end up keep­ing ev­ery­thing. Don’t fool yourself by trans­fer­ring the clut­ter to an­other room.

Many or­gan­is­ing ex­perts ad­vo­cate the sys­tem of sort­ing clut­ter by set­ting up four con­tain­ers and cat­e­goris­ing them as “Do­nate”, “Throw”, “Re­cy­cle” and “Store”. As you go through stuff in each room, sort them into the ap­pro­pri­ate groups. At this stage, you can gauge whether you need to up­grade your stor­age space to stow things in a neater way.

If you’re un­de­cided about an item, ask yourself some ques­tions and an­swer them hon­estly, such as “Have I used this in the past year?” and “Can I live with­out it?”

Af­ter you’ve ac­com­plished your task, you need to com­mit to a main­te­nance plan to re­main clut­ter-free. That may mean break­ing old habits that led to the clut­ter prob­lem like buy­ing on im­pulse and adopt­ing new ones like buy­ing some­thing only when you throw out an old item. – The Straits Times / Asia News Net­work

sort out the clut­ter one room at a time.

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