Organized Home has a few great ways to get rid of clutter in your home or at work. For most of us, clutter is just the result of bad habits and indecision.
The first method described attempts to force decision making in a very simple way:
The Four-Box method forces a decision, item by item. To apply it, gather three boxes and a large trash can. Label the boxes, “Put Away”, “Give Away/Sell” and “Storage.” Items to be thrown away belong in the trash can.
What I like about having these ‘clutter destinations’ is that you can keep them in your work area and use as immediate inboxes. Instead of just the one IN box, you have the three [plus trash] where you place items that come in.
This is very similar to GTD’s system where you take items from your inbox and put them into reference, projects or someday/maybe items. However, the latter would be the equivalent of keeping clutter in your home.
Instead of just one inbox, for your growing clutter, you keep a series that force action immediately:
Organized Home has 3 other strategies that should help.
Declutter 101: Strategies To Cut Clutter – [OrganizedHome]