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How to tackle behind the door clutter

Updated: 4 days ago

As you may know all clutter is not alike and each type of clutter needs to be handled differently. A few weeks ago I discussed surface clutter which is clutter that is out on surfaces. The next kind of clutter to discuss is behind the door clutter which is the clutter we put in drawers, closets, and cabinets.

image of a clutter free closet

I'm not going to lie. The thing with behind the door clutter is that it can be tricky to sort.

  • Some of it is stuff we put in a drawer thinking we need it (but we stopped using it years ago).

  • Some of it is stuff we put in a nice box because the box looked good and it made sense at the time (even though we never look for it or think about it).

  • Some stuff we put in a closet because we honestly did not know what to do with it (and we still don't).

  • And the list goes on.

So the first thing needed to tackle behind the door clutter is understanding and accepting that it's a bunch of random stuff that we squirreled away with the best of intentions.

The next thing I would suggest is instead of pulling everything out of one space to sort it, just do one thing at a time (one box, one drawer, one shelf etc.) and set a timer for 15-30 minutes. This way you can focus on that one thing and be really thorough about it. This is going to give you the space to really think about the items in that one thing. If you don't get the drawer (or box etc) decluttered in 15-30 minutes, it's okay, just tackle it the next day and the next day until it's sorted.

I realize it doesn't sound like a lot of fun and it doesn't seem like there would be a quick win to this kind of decluttering but the good news is the more of this kind of decluttering you do, the easier it gets.

I hope this helps you on your decluttering journey.

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