Really now. Did you look at your room? Did you really breathe in what you’ve accomplished?
All the trash is gone. All the extra stuff that doesn’t belong there is gone.
Take a deep breath. Breathe in . . . breathe out.
That’s gotta feel good.
Let’s move on to the last steps.
5. Purge the clutter.
What you should have left in the room are things that belong there. Everything else should be out of the room.
Now take a look at what’s left. Set your timer again. Pick up one item at a time.
Do you love it? Do you like it? Do you use it? Do you want it? If the answer to those is no, then it’s time to get rid of it. Put it in your 3rd box or bag.
If you know you need to get rid of it but still want the memory, by all means take a picture. I do that all the time. Pictures are an awesome way to preserve the memory of something without keeping the actual object.
When the timer goes off, stop.
Set your timer and take a break like you did with the earlier steps.
Repeat purging and taking a break until you’ve dealt with everything in the room.
Remember, it’s OK if this takes days or weeks. You’re not in a hurry.
Repeat after me: “I’m not in a hurry. I’m not in a hurry.”
6. All you have left are things you love, use and want.
Congratulations on a job well done! Everything that was trash, belonged in another room, or that you didn’t love/need/want anymore is gone.
The only dilemma now may be trying to organize a collection of something you have left in the room. Or not knowing what looks good where. But with all the clutter out of the room, you might feel some inspiration or want to try rearranging things because guess what – you can!
It’s like a clean canvas on which to decorate now that all the clutter is gone.
So in 6 simple steps (with 2 of the steps being the same) you’ve gone from overwhelmed to manageable or even better – clean and organized!
Remember: This process may take awhile. That’s OK. That’s the beauty of the timer. You don’t have to do it all in a day. In fact, I would encourage you to go slow with this. Take your time. Enjoy the little bits of progress you’ve made.
Here’s a re-cap:
#1. Throw away the garbage
#2. Take a break and do something enjoyable
#3. Take things out of the room that don’t belong there
#4. Take a break and do something enjoyable
#5. Purge the clutter one item at a time
#6. Step back and look at what a difference you’ve made
Elephant gone. (burp)