It’s 95 degrees in the garage and it’s dimly lit, dusty and dirty. But today’s the day you’re going to organize the garage so let’s have at it. Grab the nearest box and open it.
Take out the handful of papers on top and set them aside. Root around in the box. Open another box and then another in hopes of finding something that’ll be easy to deal with.
Nothing looks easy.
Check your phone. Wipe the sweat that’s dripping down the back of your neck. The hell with this. Head back into the house. You’ll deal with this later.
Decluttering can be overwhelming, which is why there’s so much clutter in our homes.
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Tackling the garage clutter while you’re in the garage makes everything worse. Give yourself a fighting chance by taking a box at a time into the coolness of your air-conditioned living room. Gather the trash can and a bin for the recycling, get something cool to drink and set your timer for twenty minutes.
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Open the box.
Take out the top item and while the timer ticks away, look carefully at this thing. What is it?
Where does it go?
Something useful for someone else?
Take it to the donation station.
Something you can throw away?
Toss it in the trash.
Something you can put away?
Put it where it goes.
Something you need to decide about???
Okay, that’s what we’re here for.
It’s time to make a decision about this thing. Is it worth holding onto or not? What would be the tragic consequence of getting it out of your house and would that really be so tragic after all?
Take the full twenty minutes if need be to decide what the next step is for this thing. When the timer rings you might have only dealt with one or two items but that’s a massive improvement on no items.
Pat yourself on the back and take a break. The box can go back in the garage for tomorrow. Slow and steady will win this race and feeling good about handling even a fraction of the clutter is so much more motivating than feeling bad about how much is left.
by Lucy Kelly