Even if you have ruthlessly edited the contents of your space today, it’s inevitable that with the passing of time, you will find yourself no longer needing or desiring additional belongings.
The moment any item crosses over from necessary and desired into the realm of extraneous is the point at which it morphs into clutter, and therefore must be removed.
The thing is, even the most stringent individuals will be less inclined to cross the threshold of declaring a thing clutter, as it necessarily means they will need a place for it, a place other than where it was previously residing.
So, let’s say for instance that Charlotte maintains a beautifully organized closet. One day, it occurs to her that she no longer wears or wants that striped cardi that she never really should have bought in the first place. But Charlotte isn’t in the process of doing a major closet overhaul; she doesn’t have bags upon bags sitting around waiting to be hauled off to the Salvo Army. “One lame sweater,” Charlotte thinks, and so she shrugs her shoulders and keeps it in her closet.
ERRRRRR. Try again, Charlie.
Charlotte institutes a permanent basket for donation to maintain organization. It’s an attractive basket that she doesn’t mind having around, and its specific purpose is to collect the individual items that are intermittently expelled from her ownership.
Charlotte sees the sweater. She thinks how its tag itches her back. How its color makes her look like a blank white hyacinth. She snatches the sweater from its hanger, trots directly over to her donation basket, deposits said sweater in said basket and then goes on with her day, retaining her feeling of lightness. Every so often, according to the rate at which she fills the basket, Charlotte delivers its contents to the local charitable organization of her choice.
Ding ding ding!!
Great, so now that we’ve explored the many insipidly-est ways I can approach the matter of sharing an organizational tip, I shall conclude by adding: yeah, yeah, do that.
Annie Traurig is a professional organizer and simplified living expert. Through her work with clients and her popular daily blog she teaches the importance of clarifying priorities, acting with intention and awareness, and creating a space for beauty, laughter, and ease. See more from Annie at LiveSimplyByAnnie.com.