Let's Go! The September Sweep Begins With One Simple Step

Let's Go! The September Sweep Begins With One Simple Step

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Taryn Williford
Sep 5, 2017
(Image credit: Diana Liang )

The thought of getting your home under control can feel like a bit of an ordeal sometimes (especially if you're like me and suffer from an ailment I like to call Object Liberation Issues™). When the job is too big, it can feel like it's overwhelming and hard to get started. But, if you break up your mission into bite-sized tasks, you'll find that you can stomach a lot more hustle than you think when it comes to getting your home—and your life—in a more peaceful and sustainable place.

So that's why we're here today; reclaiming the month of September to get a fresh start on our home environment and co-opting the invigorating feeling of fall to kick off a month-long home organizing and decluttering project.


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September Sweep is a 19-day program, with one task every weekday until the end of September. But the best part is that we'll all be in this together. And the assignments themselves? They're doable. Really doable. Some days we'll be doing fast-paced, low-touch, 20-minute sweeps to get rid of everyday clutter. Other days will be more ambitious, inspiring you to finally dive in and sort through some blind spots where you, readers, have told us you struggle with figuring out what to let go of—and of course we'll share Apartment Therapy's best tips and advice along the way. And then there's this part that I like to call "slaying the monster," which will happen a little at a time, all month long. It's just one way that we can help you really make an impact on your space.

If you haven't already signed up, do it now! It's the best way to keep up with the project and stay in tune with your fellow Sweep-ers battling the same clutter beasts as you.

Today's Assignment:

Figure out where you're going to temporarily store the things you're getting rid of.

If you've got a few boxes lying around from recent deliveries, that's a great place to start. Grab three of them and put them somewhere out of the way of daily activities. As the original Apartment Therapist Maxwell likes to say, make it "a place you can comfortably allow to get messy and chaotic for a short while." A closet or guest room is perfect for this, but any small area or corner will do—maybe under a table or even under the bed, if it fits.

We're going to use these boxes all month long as we clear unwanted and unneeded stuff from our homes. Label one box "sell," which will ultimately be for items you think have value, just not for you right now. Label the next one "donate," for things that are in good shape but not worth selling. And label the third one "wanderers;" we'll use it along the way to collect objects that you want to keep, but that don't exactly have a home they belong to—yet. I find those objects—important papers, action items and sometimes new and useful things—are the most tricky sort of stuff to manage.

But you don't have to sort anything into any of these boxes right now—we'll get to it soon enough!


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