10 Steps to Clear Clutter & Create YOUR Intentional Space

very messy bedroom
Do your rooms look like this?

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

  1. 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.
  2. 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.
  3. 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
  4. 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.
  5. 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.
  6. 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.
  7. 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
  8. 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.
  9. 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
  10. 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!

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