Whether you are a fan of collectables and trinkets or an aspiring minimalist, tis the season to have a good old-fashioned sort out. “Whaaaaat?????” I hear you say. “Surely the time for this is the new year, or spring clean?” Well yes, you would be right but this time of year has benefits too. Firstly, we are hitting a period where daylight hours are fast reducing and it is easy to become gloomy and uninspired. Having a project will keep you focused and motivated. It’s also the run up to… dare we mention it Christmas… so getting rid of any unwanted items means your living space will not crumble at the first sign of a gift! You could also use the time to sell any items that may be of use to another person, or donate them to a charity shop so others can benefit. And, as we all probably feel better after a good tidy up and organising session… here are our top tips!
The OutdoorCureOnline Guide to an October Sortathon
Read an inspiring book – our faves are The Year of Less by Cait Flanders and Goodbye Things by Fumio Sasaki. Take note of what resonates with you and use it as your motivation. It may be that you wish to live a simpler life for example.
Schedule it in to your month – a day or two where you can really get stuck in to what you are doing without any other obligations. There is little point trying to start on a Sunday if you are cooking a Sunday dinner or preparing for your week at work!
Once you have chosen where you are going to start, spend a few moments visualising what you would like the space to look like. This will help you to stay focused.
Get some large empty bags and label them: charity, sell, recycle etc. It is sometimes useful to have a ‘maybe’ bag for items you need to think about. This way you won’t keep hitting a wall and can move through your tidying plan.
Have some simple folders for paperwork eg… household bills. You can place what you need into them and won’t just have a stack of papers at the end to file (trust us, this can be a real drag)
If you use or wear an item regularly make sure that its location reflects that – there is no point putting your most worn jumper at the back of your wardrobe. You’ll undo all your good work in seconds!
Once you have sorted an area, spend a few minutes each week ensuring that items go back to their proper place until it becomes second nature.
Let’s get sorting 😊
The OutdoorCureOnline Team

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