Amy asked:

I'm fine with discarding clothes but just thinking about putting all my kids' toys, kitchen items, etc. into big piles and sorting every single thing makes me panicky! Just wondering if anyone has read the book and applied the info, and if so, how was your experience?

Jennifer (JenIsNotaBookSnob) I haven't finished the process, but, according to the author it can take 6 months to work through every category.

You can do subcategories, I found that to be less stressful with kitchen stuff.

I did all the pots/pans/bakeware in one pile, then did all the silverware/utensils/small gadgets then finally any tableware/drinkware. After that, I really didn't have a big enough subcategory, so then I just did the rest of the kitchen stuff, anything associated with food prep.

You can break up kids toys into subcategories too. We did stuffed animals as their own subcategory and puzzles/games as a subcategory. After that the stuff was pretty random, so, the rest of it was done in one pile.

For what it's worth, mentally prepare yourself for the possibility that you may have to redo a category if your home is particularly cluttered. There were some categories where I simply had to donate a dozen bags of stuff and then bring out the rest of it and start over. On the bright side, it is so much faster the second time through the category.

I'm through clothes, books and papers and slowly working through the rest. 52 garbage bags either donated or trashed so far!
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