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Put in the goals to donate or throw away an item each and every day. The spark points will motivate you and every day you track your other goals you will be remembered to get an item out of your house, apartment or room.
When I have a pile of clutter that needs organizing, or a tedious job I dislike doing, I set a timer for 15 minutes. I tell myself I must only work that long. Every time I end up working much longer--sometimes even finishing the job!
DON'T PUT IT DOWN, PUT IT AWAY
When I'm having trouble getting started on a project, it helps me to set the kitchen timer I have on my desk commit to working on it for just that period of time, even if it's only 20 minutes. The timer is also great for limiting time spend online.
Each day for the year I eliminate one item of from my house. I have 2 boxes, one upstairs and one downstairs. When I come across something I no longer use or need, it goes into the box and the box is donated when full. I keep a running list of donations so I have a sense of accomplshment.
I posted this before but reminded myself again so..... There is a web site that is called flylady that helps you get organized and their motto is - "You can do anything for 15 minutes" set you timer and work in 15 minute increments. It is amazing how much you can get done when you know you only have to do it for 15 minutes.
For people overwhelmed with too much to do and not enough time. Either set the timer for ten minutes to clean as fast as you can or choose to toss, donate or put away ten things. When not faced with trying to complete the whole task it is easier to get started.
When your closet starts getting overcrowded, take all the hangers with your clothes and put them in backwards. If you use a garment, you can reverse the hanger. After a month pull all the clothes that are still hung backwards and remove them -- you're not wearing them and they just take up space!
Over the past several years I have been slowly reducing the amount of 'things' in my house. I found they were taking over my life between managing them, dusting them, cleaning around them, etc. I began looking at each 'thing' and asked myself two questions: "Does this have true sentimental value to me?" and "Have I used it in the past year?" If the answer to these was No, then I either sold it or donated it to charity. It's very freeing not to have so many 'things' around. Try it!
My Grandma always said, " Don't put it down, put it away!" When I remember her words and take that extra 30 seconds or so to put something away, I save myself a lot of time and energy later trying to find where I put it down. It also cuts down on the clutter factor considerably!