How To Get Started With Decluttering
Prepare Yourself Mentally
First, breathe. Take a deep breath in and slowly let it out.
Do that as many times as you need. I know that the thought of decluttering can sound overwhelming to some people and so before you get started, prepare yourself. Take a few deep breaths and get ready to do some ultra-decluttering.
Breathe in, “I am making space for the things that bring me joy.”
Breathe out, “I am letting go of everything that no longer brings me joy.”
Remind yourself of that as you begin your decluttering journey. You will feel a sense of accomplishment and a breath of fresh air once your space is cleared out.
If you don’t know where to start, start small.
Some people can be overwhelmed because there’s a little bit of something in every room and they don’t know where to start. Should I start in this room? Or the next?
Start with a corner if that’s easier for you. But the key is just start.
Action beats inaction. And once you’ve got some momentum going, you’ll wanna keep going and you might even pick up the pace.
Break Your Decluttering Into Small Chunks Of Time
If you are feeling overwhelmed by all the clutter in your home or you’re just staying at everything thinking this is going to take so long.
Break the big projects into smaller, manageable decluttering projects.
Perhaps you have a room that has a lot of clutter, art supplies, toys and just collects everything in there. You’re overwhelmed with the thought of how much time it will take.
Start by tossing out the trash and dedicate 5-10 minutes of time to declutter.
Declutter During Idle Time
We all have some idle time during our day. We wait for our food to heat up in the microwave. We wait for our steak to finish cooking on the stove. The water takes a few minutes to boil in the pot.
During idle time, you can use it to declutter your drawer, cabinet, and cupboard in the kitchen. Those 5 minutes can be used to declutter and reorganize a small part of the kitchen and you can slowly work your way through each of the drawers and cabinets.
Rules Rules Rules
If you search over the internet, there are numerous decluttering rules. How do you know which ones to follow?
I will just name a few here and you can choose one that works for you.