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Posted: 12 March 2013 - 11:09 PM
Forgot to say...
I only concentrate on one section at a time.
boxes of pins
embroidery floss

This way it doesn't become too overwhelming.
Break it down into small sorting (keep/toss) tasks.
Posted: 12 March 2013 - 10:56 PM
Craft/sewing stuff is hard to go through. :)

What I do is put all "like" items together.
When seen as a whole group of "like" items then you don't worry that you may not have enough because you can easily see that you do have more than enough.

This way you can see all duplicates too.
With duplicates I keep the best and toss/donate the rest.

One important question to ask yourself is
"will I really ever do this project?"
Being honest with yourself you may decide there are better things you would rather do with your time.

Our tastes change over time too.
Colors/styles/patterns that we used to prefer may have changed.
Let go of the past and enjoy the "new" you.

Just because something is nice is no reason to keep it if you can't think of any way that you would ever use it.

Decide how much you can properly store and keep pulling out things to toss/donate until your keep pile is the right size for the space.
Keep all the very best and let go of the rest.

Hope I have answered your question.
If not then keep asking me and will keep trying to.

Sincerely, Tillie :)
Posted: 12 March 2013 - 07:09 PM
I think my posting skills need help. In sorting, I first decide if useable or trash. Then I think where should/could it go, is there room. Finally, why do I want to keep it. My problem for example is my craft/sewing room. A friend offered to help but she pulled things out and put things in boxes and bags. Problem was I had the boxes sorted it was the large black bags with fabric and items given to our charity program. Since patterns were with tools and materials and now I have to figure out what went with what. what is mine etc. So how do you decide you don't need it if you have sorted everything first..... that is where I have the problem. I sort and sort then look at my piles/boxes/ drawers on floor and then the room and POOF overwhelmed.... I sort in living /great room then walk back to sewing room. NOT WORKING. 9/10 someone knocks on the door and I think " they don't know I a here turns out it is family and they used spare key. I took the key away...back to sorting(hehe)
Posted: 07 March 2013 - 09:00 PM
I have found placing things in laundry baskets according to the room that the items belong in. Empy/sort one basket a day. I love to be organized now, almost addicting.
Posted: 07 March 2013 - 08:17 PM
Seeing the one area finished and items where they belong will be motivating.

Motivation often follows action. Seeing one task accomplished to the end is very motivating and encourages you to go on and do another small area.

Soon all the small finished areas will start to join together & a whole room will be straightened. :)
Posted: 07 March 2013 - 08:06 PM
The boxes of odds & ends...

Decide how and where the items are going to be stored in the rooms.
Drawers, shelves, closet etc.
Then work on getting them to these places.

I know, hard to do.

So, leave the items in the box, clear out space then put the items in their new proper homes.

Start small. Clear out one small area at a time.
The more items you can let go of the easier it will be to get everything into the spaces.
Posted: 07 March 2013 - 08:00 PM
Mary :)

It's alright to post this here.
Posted: 07 March 2013 - 07:59 PM
Sorry saw this is daily chat. I will repost to Motivation. I couldn't find the delete button.
Posted: 07 March 2013 - 07:54 PM
I have a personalized flow chart of how to sort for myself. My problem is then now what. I have piles of clothes and I sort them size wise offer to daughter and then donate.
Those are easy. What about odds and ends. I have boxes for rooms. I place them by the doors and when I start again I have them. I just can't motivate past that. Every time, I want to de--clutter I dread the "follow up". Following through..... where things are to go. I was waiting to see what I have to organize in the rooms...

My problem physically doing it.
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