Let your world stop for 15 minutes and announce to the world, "This is the day I'm going to make a change in my life." Jump out of bed, throw back the curtains, open the shades and windows (yes, even if it is 20 degrees outside!), turn off the news, crank up some music and do the Toss In Box!
Get a box (a garbage bag will also work) and pick up everything off the floor and do the Toss In box! (TIP: Don't stop and dawdle over any items, we'll do that later).
Feel the energy?
Hip Hop over to the dresser, bureau, makeup table, and nightstands and take everything off that you don't use daily or nightly and do the Toss In Box!
Feel the adrenaline?
Waltz on over to your sitting area, chaise, or clothes valet and take it ALL off and do the Toss In Box!
Now, doesn't your bedroom feel better already? DON'T YOU feel better?
Grab 10 more minutes, another box, a garbage bag, your car keys and sprint out to your car. Tune into your favorite radio station and do the Toss In Box. Get rid of everything that you don't use daily (please keep your emergency equipment). Get rid of everything that you don't need. Don't forget to check under the seats, in the glove compartment, and the trunk.
Forget about those boxes for now. Get ready for work and with a song in your heart, another box, and garbage bag zip off to work.
When you get to the office take another 10 minutes and proclaim to your co-workers that you are changing your ways. Go into your office, cubicle, or workspace and start doing the Toss In Box.
Okay, now reality starts to sit in. You still have a lot of work to do because you have to go through ALL that STUFF! Don't panic, I'm still with you.
Decide which of your boxes is the most important box to attack first. Set a date and time that you can start sorting through ALL that STUFF.
What's that I hear, "But I don't have time." You have to FIND the time. Make an appointment with yourself and keep it, just as you would go to the doctors or attend a meeting.
Decide on a reward you will give yourself when you finish sorting your box, such as a new outfit, tickets to the theatre or ballgame, or my favorite, a chocolate milkshake.
I've developed a technique called TEASER which will give you 11 actions you can take to help you sort through your boxes of clutter. What? Teaser only has six letters...you'll see. First yell, "What is ALL this STUFF!"
Get a garbage can or bag, 10 boxes and label them with the following:
Act on it
Your next step to take is to schedule a date and time (don't forget your reward) to act on the items that you sorted.
~~ Call, write, or email the items you want to END or stop from coming into
Congratulations! You have taken the first steps to "overhalling" your home, office, and car. Keep up the good work.
Remember, YOU control your STUFF! Don't let your STUFF control you or make you sick.