I don’t know about you but sometimes the idea of decluttering and organizing my home can feel overwhelming. If it’s hard for you to get started because it seems like too much work, try doing fewer tasks at a time. When you take small steps to declutter and organize your home, it seems doable.
Divide Things Up
Focus on only one room at a time. This makes the overall job seem less overwhelming. Try to finish that room before you move on to the next one.
Follow these tips for organizing and decluttering your home in small steps:
1. Choose a starting point
Begin with a room you can complete in a day, rather than the most challenging one in the house. This sets you up for success—when you get one room done it will motivate you to keep going.
Once you’ve chosen the room, don’t put off getting started–start first thing in the morning to make sure you will have time to get it done.
2. Do a basic sort
Go through everything in that room and sort according to these four categories:
- Things you want to throw away,
- Items you want to donate or sell,
- Things that should remain where they are,
- Items you want to keep but are in the wrong room.
When you’re finished, you will have four different piles in the room. Each item in the room should be in one of the four piles.
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3. Remove the trash
You may find that simply taking all the “throw away” stuff out of the room will make a very large dent in the remaining work.
4. Remove the donate or sell items
Anything you intend to sell, give away, or donate should come out next. Store these items somewhere else in the house for now. Continue adding to this section from each room in your home until you’re ready to make a single donation, have a garage sale, or list the items online.
5. Sort the “belongs elsewhere” pile
Create a box or container for each room for which you have items. Then you can transfer them into the right room without having to sort through them again later.
6. Organize what’s left
Now that you’ve removed large chunks of “stuff” from the room, you can organize everything that is left. Decluttering and organizing becomes much simpler when you’re only working with the things that actually belong in the room.
7. Repeat the process
Continue steps 1-6 in each room until you’ve finished the entire house. When you handle one room at a time, the process is less stressful and much simpler.
Final tip– take a few minutes each day to tidy up everything you’ve used during the day so you can continue to enjoy your “new” clutter-free home.
Big tasks can seem overwhelming. Try breaking the challenge of decluttering and organizing into smaller chunks and before you know it, your whole house will be clean and organized! Yipee!