OrangeYouBold: Declutter is a winning battle

Published 12:37 am Wednesday, July 15, 2020

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Tricia Stroud

Hello beautiful people. One more week has passed in this interesting year, the year of surprises. We are finding ourselves with a little more time at home in some instances. More time at home can result in an increase of clutter or maybe a spotless house. I don’t know what side of the room you sit on, but I find I am in the back corner of the clutter room. I laugh about it in order to keep my sanity. I use a few strategies that allow me to be productive in this fight with clutter.

Break down your tasks by setting a timer. I may have mentioned this before, but the use of a timer will allow you to get the most out of your time. I set my timer for 20 minutes and work for the entire time. It is amazing how much you accomplish by setting small goals. If you have trouble committing to the time frame, I suggest setting a number goal. You can count the number of pieces you need to throw away. Set a goal to throw away twenty pieces of trash and then evaluate the space and set the next goal. This is a great strategy for those of you who do not love laundry. Put away ten pieces of clothing and continue to do this until the pile is completely put away. These are strategies I use the most to declutter quickly.

The techniques I listed above are useless if you get overwhelmed in the space you are working in. If you walk in a room and feel like it is hopeless, you need to focus on one small section. I take a before photo so I can see my progress. This helps you view the positive side of the situation and see an end in sight. You can combine working on a small area with the timer technique. You also want to be extremely careful with shifting items from one space to another. It is best to put an item in its proper place even if it takes a little more time. It will save you time in the long run.

Just remember to stress less with the small things. Clutter is small in the broad scheme of life. Tackle it a little at a time. Be mindful not to clutter a space you have already decluttered, and you will win this fight. All things are better when your space is clear and things you need are accessible. You can think more clearly, and your productivity is increased.

Do you have an awesome organization tip you would like to share? I would love to hear it and attempt it. You can email me at or share it with me on Instagram @orangeyoubold. Show your clutter how bold you are. OrangeYouBold…YES I AM.