Pt.3 : Contemplate, Collect, Count & Cull a Category
Welcome all you recovering hoarders!! I want to kick off Part 3 (and will link to part 2).
This twist on organization grew out of a thread on counting "How many.." (The gazillion socks and scissors were my wake up call.) Rather than attack and organize a space, like a linen closet, some of us are finding it easier first to eliminate the excess stuff that is hogging our storage spaces. Organization and maintenance isn't so hard after the stuff has been pared down.
The key is to pick a category narrow enough that the job is doable, but broad enough that the culling eventually has an impact. Pressed for time? Pick something narrow like 'Maps'. Rainy Saturday morning? Maybe go for the 'Glassware' or 'Books'. Don't even think on the scale of "Photos" or "Files" at first.
*Contemplate a category. Decide how many makes sense.
*Collect the items.
*Count em (this step and the recoiling in horror is optional).
*Cull them down to what you decided would be reasonable.
*Come back here to celebrate.
Oh, and don't forget the part where you actually get the extras out of your space. Goodwill, Freecycle, Craig's list, neighbors, friends and family, EBay, garbage or dump - whereever - just get it out of there!!
Who's culling what today?
Here is a link that might be useful: Previous Culling thread (with category lists)