by Journals to Freedom September 08, 2021 4 min read
Decluttering and organizing your home can quickly feel overwhelming and frustrating. If you're afraid to get started because it seems like so much work, try doing fewer tasks at a time. The good news is that when you break the task down into smaller steps, decluttering and organizing your home becomes significantly less daunting of a task. You can declutter and organize your home in as little as 7 small steps! This blog post will show you how to take these steps, so that it feels less overwhelming.
So, how do you declutter your home?
How do you eat an elephant? One bite at a time. Just thinking about decluttering and organizing your entire home is enough to make you stop before you start!
The end goal is to make it through the whole house, but to get there let's break it down into sections. Tackle only one room at a time. This will make your task appear much less daunting. Avoid moving on to the next room until you've completed the last one.
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Choose a room that you can complete in a day rather than the house's most difficult room. Once you've chosen your room, start early so you have as many daylight hours as possible to work on your cleaning and decluttering. Don't worry if you can only do a little bit at first. Just getting started is the most important step!
Go through everything in your starting room and sort out items you no longer want. Everything that you touch in the room should go into one of four categories:
Use this sorting technique for every item in the room. When you're finished, you should have four bins or distinctive areas in the room and each item in the room will be in one of the four piles.
Simply taking all the "throw away" stuff out of the room is going to make a very large dent. Place everything in a box or garbage bag and take it out of your house immediately. Keep in mind that personal documents should not be disposed of simply by placing them in the trash; they need to be shredded.
Anything that 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 of your rooms until you're ready to make a single donation or have one large yard sale. Make sure you don't store donation items where they're likely to become forgotten or lost! Garage, anyone?
Do not simply move these items into another room; otherwise you'll need to sort them again. Create a box or container for each room for which you have items. Your "belongs somewhere else" section will have a box or bin for each room in your house. Make certain you want to keep them so you don't have to go through the process again.
Now you're only working with the things that are supposed to be in the room. You've removed large chunks of "stuff" from your room, you can organize everything that remains. Organizing becomes much simpler after you've decluttered and taken out the trash. You can't organize clutter.
Continue steps 1-6 in each room until you've finished the whole house! When you handle one room at a time, the process is much simpler and less stressful. Whether you're decluttering and organizing one room a day, one room a week, or even one room a month, the important thing is that you are making progress!
Once you've finished organizing your house, take a few minutes each day to ensure everything you've used during the day is back in place so you can continue to enjoy your "new" clutter-free home.
Big tasks can seem impossible and decluttering and organizing your home can quickly feel overwhelming and frustrating. If you're afraid to get started because it seems like so much work, try doing fewer tasks at a time. The good news is that when you break the task down into smaller steps, decluttering and organizing your home becomes significantly less daunting of a task. You can declutter and organize your home in as little as 7 small steps! Pin this post to Pinterest to share it with family or friends who could use some help getting their own homes organized.
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