10 February 2010

Trash Bag Tango

If you do one thing this week it should be the trash bag tango.  

It's fantastic.  It's a method used by Peter Walsh on the Oprah show, click here to see a video.  Basically - you take two bin bags and give yourself 10 minutes to clean up.  1 bag is for chartiy and 1 bag is for the dump.  It's amazing how much you get rid of and how tidy the place looks in such a short space of time!!  Trust me, just look at these.

I decided to move my bedroom around and Sunday afternoon this is what it looked like ..


So I got two bin bags, set my alarm for 10 minutes and did the trash bag tango.  I ended up with this ...


Still not looking so good but I was really into it so I set the alarm for another 10 mins and voila (ok with an extra 5 for getting the bed fully made) ....


Of course I couldn't leave it there, there was something missing.  A light ?


still not quite right though  ...

That's better.  Can't beat a few flower corsages to brighten things up. 

Not only is the trash bag tango good for your home it's also good if you want to lose weight - I was exhausted after all that !!  And, good for charity as I now have two bin bags of clothes, shoes & handbags to drop off.

Peter has another technique called "Quick to Go" where you make rapid decisions on what you really need.  He says he gets really annoyed with people who can't throw out something like a bag of their grandmother's because it means so much but yet they disrespect it by leaving it under the bed or up in the loft gathering dust.  I think this is true for us all.  I am a true hoarder so I need to start practising this technique.

Here's a few other tips I've found that are really good ....

Whenever you’re boiling the kettle for tea, tidy up the kitchen. If the kitchen is tidy, tidy up the next room – it’s only 3 minutes but it keeps you on top of everything.

Use the “one in, two out” rule.  whenever you bring in an item, you have to throw away two other items.

Have you any tips/suggestions for de-cluttering?  Let me know if you do or even better, if you fancy coming over and helping :o) :o)


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