How To Sort the Clutter – Video

October 13, 2010 by  

Knowing How To Sort through All your Clutter is an important Step in Learning to Organize a Space

sorting cardsSomething as simple as these sorting cards can make your sorting of all your clutter much easier.  They work as guidelines when you have something you aren’t sure about. When you have an item that you just don’t know. Look at that “Keep Card” and read the requirements underneath the “Keep”.
Realize that if you have this much clutter and the room is full, then obviously there is not enough room in the space for everything to stay – so some things will HAVE to go. You can do it!

Tips for sorting:

Take 5-10 seconds per item.  Make fast decisions – don’t start reminiscing with the things you are going through – or you will never get through everything.  Then the time you have put aside to work on your project will be wasted.

Really make sure that if you are keeping an item – you do LOVE it, you USE it and you WANT it.  Does it fit into the plans you visualized for this room? If not donate it.

Make a set of signs for yourself.  You can put the same that I have down on mine, or you can adjust them for yourself.  But be tough! Once you have done enough sorting, then you probably won’t need your signs anymore….but they really help to begin with.

If you want to use boxes to place things in… that is fine – then it makes it easier to carry items to other places – but generally the boxes get filled quickly – so I don’t always use them.

Get Black trash bags for trash, and white trash bags for donate. This will help you to not accidentally  throw things away that should be donated.

I’ve written several posts on sorting, here are a couple of them:

5 Steps for Sorting

Organizing – One Step at a Time

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3 Responses to “How To Sort the Clutter – Video”
  1. Jess says:

    Thanks for the great tips. I will be organizing the basement this weekend, and your the sorting cards will really help me stay focused.

  2. Sandy says:

    Thanks!! Good luck. Hey… take some before and after shots!!

  3. Leslie says:

    What about a “sell” category?

    and then “Ebay” “Craigslist” “garage sale” “Newspaper”


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