Thursday, 27 January 2011

The basket method

I got this suggestion for a Yahoo Group I am in called Clutter Help

"Fill the Basket, Empty the Basket" strategy.

Here is what you do:

1) Pick a spot in the room in a size you think you could manage. 1ft by 1ft

for example, or 1 box, or tthe desks surface, or 1 drawer.

2) Pick up everything from that spot and put it in the basket so that the

spot is completely empty

3) Go into a different room or even the garden if you have to and put the

basket down.

4) Pick 1 item out of the basket and really look at it. Then ask the following questions:

1) Is it rubbish?

Yes - walk to the bin and throw it in the trash right now.

No - Go to step 2

2) Do I need it?

No - Go to Step 3

Yes - Go to Step 4

3) Can it be given away / donated?

Yes - Get an empty plastic grocery bag, but the item in it and write the

person's name or place it is going to on the back.

No - Throw it in the trash right now.

4) Does this item fit into my ideal home?

Yes - Take it to the place it will go in your ideal home and put it there.

Even if the area is a mess, this is where that item belongs from now on.

No - Go to Step 3

Repeat the process for every item in the basket. Then go and get another

basket. Try to do 1 new basket a day. Every day go to that area you have

cleaned and do a quick tidy of that area using the basket method.

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