Clutter Interrupted! Stop Getting Distracted By The Cool Stuff You Find!

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Hidden Gems

You know what I’m talking about!

The screeching halt that overcomes you once you find something ‘loved and lost’ while trying to declutter.

For me, it’s photographs. I can’t help myself. I get swept away in memories and then, before I know it, waaaay too much time has passed and my declutter task remains unfinished. Rubber stamp required: *Declutter Fail*.

This happened to me earlier this week. Knowing this weakness, I’m going to be better prepared for next time. I will:

  1. Set a strict time limit. I may even set an alarm to help me. I do find that making a short timeframe mentally prepares me for speed –  there’s no time to mess around.
  2. I will take a box with me, collect my distractions and look at them later.
  3. I will take garbage bags and a marker with me. Then I can easily nominate things for the trash, donation or recycling.
  4. I will do the task when I’m in a good mood and have minimal household distractions (laundry, children or meal time conflict).

What are your best tips for discovering and sorting treasures with minimal downtime?

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