Decluttering can be a massive job; time-consuming and sometimes harrowing. The constant question of “what if…” keeps in many people’s minds. Because it can often feel like it is an overwhelming job to do, it is often one of the jobs that most people put off. It’s more than just cleaning; it’s deciding what to keep and what to discard, what needs to go where and convincing yourself that you need to keep the organisation going once done.
But even taking a small step towards decluttering is a great achievement. Here are some quick tips on making a start.
- Designate a time period you want to spend on it (30 minutes, an hour, whatever you have spare).
- Pick one area to start on. Don’t try to make it too big a space. Focus on what you want to achieve with the decluttering eg. Clearing a counter, organising a desk etc.
- Clear all non-essential things from the area. Decide what can be thrown out and what needs to go elsewhere. Make an area for the things you might not know whether you should keep it or not.
- Pick 5 – 10 items in the area you are cleaning and use on a regular basis and organise them in the space. Make sure that the designated area is a good spot. And ensure to tell others who might use the area that they need to return items to that area.
- Designate a time to arrange the next declutter period. It might be straight away or the next week.
Remember that there is “a place for everything, and everything in its place” (Mrs Beeton). Once you begin, it becomes easier to keep at it. It’s up to you. You just need to take that first step towards it.
Until next time,