Fast Cleaning - Part 2: Sorting It All Out

Following up on last week’s experiment with fast cleaning, I must say, this is working out. It’s sort of like doing the Marie Kondo process backwards.

Here is where I’m at:

  • Bedroom is still clean!!!

  • Slowly sorting through what I took out of it.

What I’ve done so far

Like I said in the first post, I took everything out of my room that didn’t have a home. I tossed trash and recycling, then bagged or boxed up everything else and put it in my second bedroom.

Fast cleaned bedroom (Tidy by Habit)

Fast cleaned bedroom (Tidy by Habit)

Fast cleaned bedroom (Tidy by Habit)

Fast cleaned bedroom (Tidy by Habit)

How I’ve started sorting

Everyday I go through the bags of things I took out of my bedroom. I do just a little bit at a time.

As a person who gets overwhelmed easily, doing Marie Kondo’s process taxes my brain if I spend too much time in one sitting. But not if I do it in short stints.

Five (5) minutes per sort

I notice I can make decisions easier if go in for just a few minutes at a time. I pick a bag, and just pick up the first thing on top. Then I decide where it should go.

It’s either Yes, No, or Maybe

Some things I pick up and I know Yes, I want that back in my room. And I feel good bringing it back to my nice clean room.

For others, it’s No, it no longer belongs anywhere in the house, and it needs to go - but thank you.

Then, there are the Maybe’s (or I Don’t Know’s).

For those things that feel neither Yes or No, I pile into an empty bag. A faux pas I know for the Marie Kondo process, but I find that I’m getting through things faster with the Maybe pile.

And maybe it will all end up being things that need to go that I’m just not ready to, but in any case, it’s all getting sorted to some degree or another. And most importantly, I’m able to keep this up, and I’m having fun!

Tidying should be fun, don’t you think?

Eeek! The “sorting room” It gets smaller every day (Tidy by Habit)

Eeek! The “sorting room” It gets smaller every day (Tidy by Habit)

Cover photo by Ayub Bebo