The trusty black bin bag is a decluttering session staple for many. Cheap, sturdy dependable, it’s played its part nobly in many a clutter clear.
But it can also be the reason your decluttering fails – yet again!
So what’s going on?
I’ll level with you here – it’s not really the bin bag that’s at fault. They still have an important part to play.
The problem lies with the – quite understandable – way many people declutter.
Does this scenario sound familiar? You ignore the clutter in, say, the sitting room, for as long as possible. You really do mean to declutter – but somehow life gets in the way
Then one day it happens. You can’t stand the clutter one minute more And you snap.
Grab the nearest binbag – and start shoving the clutter in just as fast as you can go.
And yes, you do get rid of some of your stuff. And it does look a bit better – for a while.
But somehow your home never looks quite as good as you’d look. Worse, the clutter soon starts creeping back.
I call this yo-yo decluttering – and it’s demoralising. But there is a better way.
Next time you feel the urge to declutter coming over you – step away from the bin bag!
Take a little time to ask yourself some questions. Create a plan of action.
One that reflects you, your room and your goals.
- What issues is your clutter causing you
- Where is it building up?
- What type of clutter do you have?
- How will you dispose of the clutter?
- What’s your timescale?
- And crucially, what’s you end goal for your room?
Getting clear answers to these questions will bring clarity to your declutters. Not only that but having a plan prevents overwhelm and keeps you on track.
So next time you feel the urge to tame your surroundings – stop – think – plan!
Then – and only then – grab your bin bag – and dive in.