Thanks to Marie Kondo everyone is ready to “tidy up” their home and clear the clutter. As a busy mom whose life was changed by simplifying and minimalism I couldn’t be more excited. I can’t wait for you to experience the impact of a good decluttering session. But where do you start? Today I am sharing easy steps you can take to declutter your home today.
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How do you start decluttering?
If you’ve been hesitating when it comes to clutter, you’re probably feeling overwhelmed or unsure of where to start. In my experience, the best method is to start with small tasks.
By tackling small areas, one at a time you will make quick progress – which is SUPER motivating.
Before you know it these small steps will add up and your entire home will feel more clean and organized.
This article is not meant to be a step-by-step guide to declutter your entire home. Instead this post covers easy decluttering tips to get you headed in the right direction.
However, I promise that if you follow all ten steps listed below your home will begin to feel clutter free.
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10 Powerful Decluttering Tasks
When you think about decluttering, your mind probably goes straight to the overwhelming task of tackling huge projects like your garage or closet.
Truth be told, a lot of people underestimate the power of simple tasks that make a huge difference.
Ready to see what I am talking about?
1. Clear Just One Surface
Start with your kitchen table or nightstand. If that’s too overwhelming, choose a segment of your countertop. Make it a surface you see daily, and be sure to keep it spotless.
Focusing on this one simple step will allow you to create the habits it takes to maintain a clutter free home over time.
2. Empty a Shelf
Now that you have a surface cleared that you will see every day to provide you motivation, you can move on to another small task.
Empty just one shelf.
It could be a bookshelf, or a shelf inside a cabinet. Often, a shelf in the kitchen or bathroom is easy to keep clear by discarding expired or unused products.
3. Designate a Paper Zone
Nothing accumulates and gets out of control like papers.
Try to designate a spot for your paperwork, and always place new papers in that tray or box.
4. Find a Permanent Home for 5 Items
We all have a few items that never seem to get put away. Carefully choose your five most commonly left-out items, and find special places to store them.
5. Donate Three Pieces of Clothing
Clothes are often the worst to declutter. Choose just three pieces to give away each day while getting ready. Soon you’ll have a bag full.
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6. Dump One Drawer
Pick just one drawer in your home to declutter.
Then dump it out.
This lets you see everything at a glance and makes the sorting process easier. Group similar items and then decide how many you actually need to keep.
Promise yourself that you won’t put everything back in the drawer.
7. Organize Your Medicines
Medicine, bandages and other health supplies should be kept together. Tackle just your medicine cabinet, creating a neat and tidy place to keep the up-to-date items you use most regularly.
8. Create a Simple File System
Remember that paper zone? Soon it will overflow. Designate just a few file folders to hold your most common categories of paperwork. Then sort through the documents in your tray to file them quickly in their place.
9. Take That Bin to the Car
Once you have a few tiny tasks underway, you’ll likely end up with a sizeable amount of stuff to donate. Take the bag or box out to your car to deliver to the thrift shop.
See how easy it is to get rid of stuff?
10. Picture Your Finished Room
These small decluttering tasks are adding up.
Take a look around and picture how your room might look when completely pared down and organized.
Visualization is a powerful motivator.
Taking small decluttering steps is easy. Soon you’ll be on your way to a clutter free home.
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