Before I can begin work on the closet messes that are driving me crazy (see Starting anew: Clearing clutter is a process), I need to clear our back porch, which doubles as a storage area/utility room for our small apartment.
We’ve let it pile up so that getting in and out the back door is hazardous. Should we have an emergency, that blocked back door could cost us precious life-saving moments.
We did a lot of re-organizing on this porch a couple of years ago, so it’s not as bad as it looks. Most of this clutter does not belong here. I’ll put those items where they belong, one at a time. Also, we no longer use some items. They will be easy to recycle.
After just two 15-minute clutter clearing sessions, I can open the back door freely. There’s more work to do, but it’s looking good.
I’ve rearranged the top shelves, consolidating some items, recycling others, and removing a few large, heavy items that might have knocked us out had they fallen as we attempted to escape during an earthquake. Getting to this point took two more 15-minute sessions.
During the cleanup, I sorted the trash, recyclable items and giveaways. Thankfully, we had only one small trash bag filled with plastic items that are not recyclable.
Happily, we were able to recycle two full bags of cardboard, paper and plastic items, as well as this wooden bin for which we had not found a use in five years. Time to go!
Finally, in two more 15-minute sessions, I advertised the reusable items we collected on Freecycle. They were gone within 24 hours.
We no longer need all these floor-cleaning tools because we’ve consolidated into one small cleaning tool, the Mint Robotic Floor Cleaner. Replacing four human-powered tools with one robotic tool that does the work for me? Now that’s a clutter clearing miracle!
Result. In six 15-minute clutter-zapping sessions, I made our back porch safer, organized the materials and tools we store so they’re more convenient to use and to put away, and gave away several items I don’t need anymore. That feels good!
I’ve got a few more small projects on the back porch before it’s as usable as we would like. I’ll take pictures of them and post as they come along.
What’s your next clutter-clearing project?