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My 1000 sf apartment is in serious need of decluttering <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/redface.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="Embarrassment"> . We are a family of 4 living here, and we have two home-based businesses and various hobbies. I think what we need is a big-scale approach where we will see enough results to be motivating, YKWIM?<br><br>
I was struck by <a href="http://www.43folders.com/2007/07/03/clutter-think-big/" target="_blank">this article on decluttering</a> that advocated buying 2 32-gallon garbage cans and 10 12-gallon plastic bins as decluttering tools. Now, I <b>know</b> that one doesn't <b>need</b> these things to declutter, but I have to admit that my minor efforts at organization sometimes get stalled by not having the right sized box around, or by having tiny garbage or recycling containers. I think that having the conveniently-sized containers around would help with speed-sorting/purging. I don't have a spare bedroom or a lot of floor space for sorting, and once my magical personal time hours are up, I have to be able to put sorted things away before my critters go berserk re-sorting.<br><br>
What do you experienced declutterers think? Have you ever bought specific decluttering tools?
 

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You need Hefty Force Flex trash bags. For actual trash these are way.too.expensive., but they are great for decluttering. Put a sign on the donate ones, cram a ton of stuff in the donate and trash bags, get it out of your apartment, and when you have used up the entire box of bags, only then should you consider buying anything to help you get organized.<br><br>
Organizing is the step you take after purging.
 

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for tossing give away into quickly, used cardboard boxes that I have picked up from stores work well, they fold too so they don't take up too much space if you do save them<br><br>
we have a 'big' trash can so whenever I'm in the mood to really throw stuff away I will bring it inside, it is so much easier, holds a bunch, and is easier to toss stuff in from across the room as of having to hold on to the item for the few seconds it takes to walk closer and place in a small trash can... sooner you get the item out of your hand, the sooner it takes to find something else to toss, plus as your walking over there you don't have the chance for second thought and once the item is gone, you are free and your mind is clear!!!!!!
 

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I don't feel any big tools are usually necessary...normal trash bags, used cardboard boxes are all I've needed on a regular basis. I am going slowly, 10 items a day, 1/2 hour per day of organizing. One trip per week to donate to the thrift shop.<br>
The exception was our garage. We rented a 8'x13' dumpster and filled it in a day! That was the best "tool" ever.<br>
FYI we have a family of 5 in a 1390 sq ft house and we will be adding to that, so it needs to get organized!
 

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we use laundry baskets<br><br>
but we try to declutter regularly, in small amounts, a la flylady<br><br>
actually our best decluttering tools are garbage bags, the labeler, and the trunk of our car!!<br><br>
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