Decluttering and organizing our homes can quickly feel overwhelming and frustrating. If you are afraid to get started because it seems like so much work, try doing fewer tasks at a time.
When we take small steps to declutter and organize our home, we can conquer the task much more easily.
Divide and Conquer
This will make your task seem a little less daunting. Avoid moving on to the next room until you have completed the last one.
Tips for organizing and decluttering your home:
1. Pick your starting point.
- Select a room that you can tackle in a single day, rather than the most challenging room in the house.
- Once you have selected your room, start early in the day so that you have as many daylight hours as possible to work on your cleaning and decluttering.
2. The Basic Sort.
- Go through everything in your starting room and sort out the items you no longer want.
- Everything that you touch in the room should go into one of four categories:
- Things you want to throw away.
- Things you want to donate or sell.
- Things that should remain where they are.
- Things that you want to keep but that are in the wrong room.
- Use this sorting principle for every single item in the room.
- When you are finished, you should have four distinctive piles or areas in the room. Every item in the room will be in one of the four piles.
3. Take out the trash.
- Simply taking all of the “throw away” items out of the room is going to make a very large dent.
- Remember that personal paperwork should be shredded rather than simply put into the garbage bin.
4. Remove the donation items.
- Anything that you intend to sell, give away or donate should come out of the room next.
- Store these items somewhere else in the house for now.
- Continue to add to this section as you complete each room in your home until you are ready to make one single donation or have a yard sale.
5. Sort through the “belongs elsewhere” section.
- Do not simply move these items into another room, otherwise you will need to sort them again and again.
- Create a box or container for each room for which you have items.
- Make sure that you definitely want to keep them so that you can transfer them into the right room without having to sort them again later.
6. Organize the rest.
- Now that you have removed large huge of “stuff” from your room, you can organize everything that remains.
- When you are only working with the things that are supposed to be in a room, decluttering and organizing becomes much simpler.
7. Rinse, and repeat.
- Continue steps 1-6 in each room until you have finished the whole house.
- When you handle a single room at a time, the process is much simpler, much less stressful, and less overwhelming.
Once you have completed organizing your house, take a few minutes each day to ensure everything that you have used during the corse of the day is back in place so that you can continue to enjoy your “new” clutter-free home.
Big tasks often feel mind-boggling and insurmountable.
Break your decluttering challenge into smaller bits and before you know it, your house will be as clean and organized as you desire!