Have a declutter session to fall in love with your writing again

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Inspiration for this month |

  • Declutter paper piles
  • Fall in love with a writing project
  • Have a writing date for Valentines

Ask the KonMari Joy-question

January is often the month of decluttering but despite the efforts, I often find that what I never get too is the piles of paper. That is why I decided to ask the KonMari joy-question regarding all my writing-related paper stacks and binders this February.

The right way according to Marie Kondo is to gather all things paper related but this gets too overwhelming for me. I also have done a lot of other writings which ranges from blogposts to essays and papers for university but that is for another declutter session. For this session, I concentrated only on my piles of paper on creative writing.

I relax when I declutter and one of the great benefits is that it brings me clarity. That is also why I thought my papers where more or less in order. I have put them in binders by category but I have come to realize that every time I wanted to take a look at an old project, for example, I forgot where I put the binder. I had to look through cabinets, drawers, and bookcases. One of the objectives for this process was to keep it all in the same bookcase. 

I am so happy that I started February with a declutter session and under this image I share how I went about it.

Ask the KonMari joy - question for papers. Declutter papers

3 Steps to declutter writing papers

Here is the 3 steps to get clarity of all creative writing related papers in the house.

  • Step 1

    During the previous week I gathered the binders filled with anything writing-related. Most of it was sorted out but I still had a stack of papers in a drawer and an old dresser in the attic.

    Action step | Get all your binders and folders and paper stacks out

  • Step 2

    On Sunday I sorted the papers according to category. My categories were dormant writing projects, active writing projects, advice and notes on writing and papers from writing groups mine and others. Then I assigned new binders for each category and seperate ones for active writing projects.

    Action step | Select your categories and start sorting out and declutter the piles of paper

  • Step 3

    Finally I put it all in the same bookcase. Now knowing that I can easily find each slice of paper that I love.

    Action step | Choose the space to keep it all

If you want to try this out for yourself put it in the calendar, for example, the one I share at the end of this post. One of the benefits from the above excercise could be that you reconnect to the exact writing project you would like to have a writing date with. Add this appointment with yourself to the calendar as well. And because it is February what better day to have a date with your inner writer than on Valentines.

Action step | Print out the monthly and weekly download for February and schedule in a declutter session and also a writing date with a project you love.

Have a date with your inner writer for Valentines in plot it into this free printable for February

(For best result print A4 without border).

This is the schedule for Writingdates this month

Happy Writing


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