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Use the Categorization Method to Get Your Decluttering Done


I've mentioned the categorization method before here and here. So you have an idea of how it works. This week I decided to actually give you a small example to get you started. One of the side effects of using this method is that once you're done you have a list of everything you own. Some might say that this is a bit to obsessive but I like knowing what I have. This way I don't waste money on repeat buys and it helps to keep stuff accumulation at bay.

Okay, enough of my rambling, here's how to declutter via the category method.

First determine the categories of stuff in your home. Then list all the items you have under that category.

AppliancesOwnUse
Blenders21
CoffeeMaker31
RiceCooker10
WaffleIron21
Juicer30

Cleaning ToolsOwnUse
Vacuum22
Broom21
Mop22
Duster10

Clothes++OwnUse
Bras305
Shoes93
Handbags75
Dresses2110
Shirts3411
Jackets74
Jeans114

Pay attention to the "Own" and "Use" columns. This is the number of these items you own and how many of them you actually use. I'm sure you see by now how helpful this exercise can be for decluttering your home (just get rid of the unused stuff).

One word of warning though before you start- do one category at a time- do one item at a time. This will avoid any confusion and also avoids creating to much of a mess while you're trying to declutter.

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This article is part of my series on Creating a Home that is Quick and Easy to Clean, which tackles ideas of Minimalism, Cleaning schedules and home organization (aka Stuff Management)

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