While the biggest and most important tip I can give you about decluttering is just to take the bull by the horns and get started, there are a few smaller things you can do to break the task into manageable parts.
3 Easy Tips for Decluttering
- Make a plan before you begin.
- Make it an easy plan, though, decide where you will put garbage, dishes, laundry, and items for each of the home’s occupants.
- If the mess is small, like the clutter in this photo, there won’t be much to the task, but if you’re tackling a clutter hoarding situation, it’s especially helpful to know where each type of item goes.
- As you fill each container, stop and deal with it.
- If it’s dirty dishes, sometimes it’s easier to deal with a sink full and go do something else, rather than spending hours bent over the sink washing every dish in the house.
- Same for laundry, or any other chore.
- Limit your time organizing to what you feel is reasonable.
- I know you want it DONE, but getting overtired with achy muscles will set you back in the long run.
|Clutter image courtesy of MorgueFile|
- Give yourself a pat on the back for every small achievement as you work, and don’t talk about what you’ve achieved to anyone who won’t be supportive.
- People who don’t struggle with clutter problems don’t understand, and family members often find it easier to blame others for the mess in the first place, rather than taking responsibility for their roles in it.
How to Declutter
Find, make, or buy things to put the clutter in – you cannot tackle a clutter problem if you don’t have places for everything.
Baskets are great because a basket contains some of the clutter while looking nice on your shelf or tabletop.
Reasons to Declutter Your Home
There are so many great reasons to get rid of clutter.
- It can be a great, motivational first step in changing everything that’s wrong in your life.
- Clutter creates stress.
- It makes you feel bad about yourself and your life.
- You can’t find things you need if they’re lost in the clutter.
- Clutter attracts unwanted critters (mice, roaches, bedbugs, and silverfish, just to name a few.)
- Life is easier when your things are organized.