"The main point of this method is not to simplify but to sort and store - to get them into categorized boxes. If you come across obvious and blatant junk, get rid of it. But don't examine piles and try to make decisions as you go. Just get the stuff off the floor, table, etc. and into the boxes as quickly as possible.
Putting things into boxes without making decisions about what to keep and what to get rid of may make you feel uncomfortable. You will feel better if you remember that this is the Mount Vesuvious Method. We are dealing with a disaster here. There is not enough time to "do it right."
When they are filled, put the tops on and stack the boxes up the side of a wall, hopefully outside the room you are clearing, with the labeled side out so you can have confidence you can locate anything you may need. Later you may go back and weed out the things you do not want to keep, one box at a time. At that point, you may wish to set up storage areas for the various items you wish to keep...
Just get them out of the way so you can have your room back! Later you can deal with them, but for now use that short-lived but effective, explosive power to get the room uncluttered and clear." (excerpt from The Messies Manual by Sandra Felton)
My laundry room did not seem like a disaster area to me, compared to what I had to deal with last year. Therefore, in the beginning of the year, when I decided to clean my laundry room again, I thought I could take the time to CLEAN IT RIGHT. Well, when mid-May came along and the laundry room still looked the same or worse than what it did in January, I decided that it was time to Mt. Vesuvius the room.
I purchased several bins and a few space bags and packed everything away. Everything was basically sorted in the laundry room and so I took several hours one day and just packed everything away. When I had to deal with this laundry room last year, I basically did the same thing thinking I'd get back to the bins that I stored away. I haven't. That was my biggest concern with doing that this year. I didn't want to store more junk. So, I am hoping that I will have the opportunity to go through the bins and actually keep what we need and give away or throw away what we don't need.
Paperwork is my biggest problem. Despite reading what Miss Felton says about paperwork, I still have a difficult time keeping up with it. I have developed a system where I go through and trash what we don't need on a weekly basis, but there's still a lot of paperwork that I still keep. There is always that thought of "what if we'll need this document in the future..." and it has happened where years later, DearHubby and I have needed a particular document and if I had not kept it, we would have been in trouble.
Anyway, it was a relief to see the floor to my laundry room again. I hope it stays that way ;)