When facing a cluttered room, it can feel overwhelming and anxious-making for many people. Where do I start? How do I figure out what to do with these seemingly random things? Which new show on Netflix could I binge-watch?
To combat your worries and turn clearing clutter from a chore into a JOYFUL activity, here are:
10 Steps to Clear Clutter &
Create YOUR Intentional Space
- Select a (small) space to focus on first.
It doesn’t matter where, just pick a space to start. Perhaps one counter in the kitchen, a bathroom drawer, or a small table.
- Create your intention for the space.
Ask yourself, “What is this space for? How do I want this space to look?” For a kitchen counter, you would likely want counter space and tools to chop vegetables and prepare meals.
- Set yourself up for success.
Clearing a space can be an enjoyable activity, but much less if you have to keep stopping and starting in the middle.
I highly recommend gathering the following before you start:
- a water bottle and a snack
- boxes and trash bags to put donations and garbage/recycling into as you sort
- a basket or box for items which are not garbage or donations, but no longer belong in the space
a table or other surface to place things while sorting – portable tables are great, but any flat surface works
- Make it fun.
Put on some upbeat music and get excited! In my house, I put on fun dance music while I clear a space.
- Remember your intention.
Before touching anything in the space, take a moment to remember your intention. Think about your ideals for the space and its purpose. Example: the kitchen counter need only have things related to the task (cutting board, knife block) and nothing else.
- Pull everything out of the space.
IMPORTANT! Do not do any sorting in the space – we want to clear and bring in new energy, which means removing the things which do not serve a purpose in the space. Pull everything out and take it to the table or other surface from Step 3.
- Sort and purge.
Go through each item and sort into one of the following categories:
- Trash/Recycling – broken items, old magazines you’ll never read, junk mail, rotten fruit from the fruit bowl. (This is the easy part. Do it first!)
- Donations box – things you no longer want but still have life left
- Things which do not belong in the space – anything which does not match the purpose of the space
- Things intended for the space – for our example, the best cutting board and the best knives
- Reintroduce selected items to the space with intention.
Step back to admire your newly cleared space, then reintroduce only the special items you selected. Place the items carefully and take a moment to admire and appreciate them.
- Clean up.
- take out the trash/recycling
- box up any donations and put them in your car. Drop off the very next time you run errands.
- Return items not belonging to the newly cleared space to the appropriate room
- Enjoy your new Intentional Space!
Each time you use your space, feel the calm and peace of having an intentional space. Pat yourself on the back for creating a new space full of purpose and beauty!