Create five piles
When you’re organizing, you should sort everything into five piles: move to another room, donate, give to a specific person, throw away, and, finally, the “marinating” pile. Pack up the marinating items, and label the box with a date that’s six months to a year later. If you never open the box before that date, you can safely discard those items. Try this other five-second trick that banishes clutter.
To make an organizing project go faster:
Create rules about what you’re keeping and what you’re discarding. In your closet, for example, you can decide to give away any clothing that’s not between size x and size y, that’s stained, or that needs to be repaired. With periodicals, you can decide not to keep anything that’s more than a year old.
It will always take you at least five times longer
Sorting through a box of personal papers will always take you far longer than you think it will. Be sure you know the eight everyday documents you should shred and set them aside from the recycle pile to be disposed of properly.