OK, now that the trash is out of the room, it’s time to move on to the next part.
You did remove the trash, right? Remember, this won’t work if you don’t actually do the work.
3. Find things that don’t belong in that room.
Set your timer like you did in #1 (5, 10 or 15 min.). Put those things that don’t belong in that room in another box or bag you have. Only focus on the things that don’t belong in the room and nothing else! You’ll be tempted to stray from this, but don’t.
When the timer goes off, put all the things away in their proper place.
4. Take a break.
Yes, I’m repeating this one. Read it again. Repetition is the mother of all learning.
Remember . . .
You don’t have to clean the entire room at once.
I know that may be hard to internalize, after all you’ve been tackling projects head on and killing yourself to finish them your entire life. Am I right?
How do you eat an elephant?
One bite at a time.
How do you clean a room? One thing at a time.
So set your timer for the same amount of time as you did in #1. Go do something enjoyable for you. When the timer goes off, stop.
(Yes, I know I repeated the entire thing. That was the point.)
If there are still things that don’t belong in the room, repeat steps 3 and 4 until everything that doesn’t belong in the room is gone.
At this point you should have all the trash gone and everything that doesn’t belong in that room put away where they belong.
The room should look much better already. Take a step back and admire your work.
Doesn’t it look better? Even a smidgen?
If you have a hard time seeing the progress, then take a picture so you have a point of reference.
Wahoo! You’re almost done. Two more steps to go!