Step 2: Prepare a space to sort
You’ve set aside the time, now you need to set aside an area for sorting. It might be a spare room, second living area, or spot in the garage. Clear a comfortable work space, such as a trestle table or a large desk.
Have a think about where the stuff you’ll get rid of will go. Which charities collect what in your local area? Do any local shelters have particular needs? Does your school or child-care centre need more craft supplies? What can be recycled? Spending a little time on this now means you’ll have a much easier time letting go of items later.
This week is also the time to find or buy equipment for sorting: large bags for donated goods, labels and markers to record what’s going where, ziplock bags, rubbish bags and maybe even a skip bin.
You’ll also need some large tubs for sorting. In your sorting area, set up a tub for:
- items you’re going to keep in that room;
- that belong in another area of the house;
- items you plan to sell;
- you plan to give away;
- items you need to return to others/other places
- rubbish; and
Have a look at what storage you already have in your home. Consider existing drawers and cupboards, their layout, and what you use them for. Make a plan or draw a diagram that shows how you want the drawer/cupboard/room to look. Measure the space. What equipment do you need to get that look and make it user-friendly and organised? Tubs, baskets, shelf-dividers? Now stick the plan on a cupboard or wall of the room.