It's incredible what you can get done in 20 minutes. When my kids were younger, I used to do little chores during the TV ads in the evenings. It never failed to amaze me how much I could get done in those times - unload/load the dishwasher, fold/put away the laundry, pick up stray items and put them back in their place - the list was endless. I used to call these chores "magic minimums" because it was the minimum amount of chores I needed to do to keep the house clean and running until my days off when I had more time.
But I digress ... but the point is, it's not hard to mentally dedicate 20 minutes to a task, and yet, once you're in the middle of the 20 minute stretch, working to declutter your home, you'll see just how much you can get in that time.
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Do a 20-minute decluttering sweep of your living room.
Here’s how it works: Set a timer for 20 minutes, and head into your living room with a laundry basket (or something else to collect clutter with). While the timer is counting down, walk around and collect as much clutter as you can into your basket.
You’re looking for anything that’s out of place, including stuff that needs to be trashed (or maybe just needs to find a new home). Remember the 5 rules to help you declutter everything - if you wouldn’t buy it again or take it with you when you move, it's probably time to let it go.
- the coffee table - on and under
- the sofa - on and under
- consoles and sofa tables
- side/end tables
- cubbies and drawers
- entertainment centre
- the floor
- Drinking glasses and mugs
- Broken or unused toys
- Books and magazines
- Paper clutter
- Old receipts
- Food and straw wrappers or other trash
- Instruction manuals
- CDs, DVDs, or vinyl records you don’t listen to or watch
- Video games
- Extra gaming accessories you don’t use
- Board games or puzzles
- Broken, outdated, or unused electronics
- Chargers and cords
- Shoes, handbags and accessories where they don’t belong
- Nail clippers, lotion, or other personal care items that don’t belong
- Blankets and throw pillows from other rooms
- In-progress work, hobbies or projects
- Art supplies, like markers or crayons
- Exercise equipment you’re not using
- Random objects and decor you don’t want to keep any more
Place it all in your basket. When the timer stops, you stop too. Empty your laundry basket by returning things to their rightful place or by throwing out anything you don't want into your sell and donate boxes from day 1.
Also to do today: clear 3 things from your monster zone.