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This reply was originally posted by user befree in ADDitude’s now-retired community.
I do one thing at a time. Take something in your hand and ask yourself:
1. How often do I need this? (and just keep that in mind)
2.Is there a place for it already?
If yes: put it there right away. If no: put it on a pile labeled “no place for it yet”
Then go through all your stuff like that.
Don’t let yourself get distracted! Don’t start reading that book that you wanted to read! Keep forcing yourself to just go on to the next thing, putting it away and putting it on the pile. If you’re afraid you’ll forget about it, then write it on a list for later.
Then, when there is nothing left but the pile, find a big big box or a storage room for it and find a place for it one thing at a time, later.
You’ll be surprised at how much better your place will look after just doing that!
🙂 I really hope it works out for you!