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Where do I start

Where do I Start?

There are lots of great ideas and rationales for starting a deep cleaning and decluttering of your house. Two theories are consistently used to tart a decluttering project. Just remember, it doesn’t matter which one you choose, or if you come up with your own idea. Just pick a spot and begin to declutter.

Theory Number One

Theory number one is to start your decluttering project on a part of the house that will be seen most frequently by you or by the people who come to your home. I f you spend most of your time in the kitchen, start there. ON the other hand, if you like to spend time in your living room or family room, start your serious decluttering activity there. When you are done decluttering that room you entertaining area is ready for visitors. You and your visitors will be able to enjoy the fruits of your labor, which is a very encouraging feeling.

Theory Number Two

The second way to start a decluttering project is to start at the messiest place and work from there. For instance, if you have a spare room that has turned into a dumping ground for odds and ends of projects, start there. Or if everyone likes to have out in the living room, and bring their belongings and projects with them, you might start there. Lots of people start in their bedrooms. Bedrooms can be used as storage units. This might be because people tend to close their bedroom doors and avoid the issue of cleaning the room, since it isn’t always a high traffic area in the home.

If you are a collector, pack rat, or haven’t uncluttered in a while, you may feel overwhelmed at the amount of junk you have collected. Just remember that there is no perfect place to start a decluttering project. Pick a place and go for it.

Pick it and Stick to it

Once you have decided where to start your decluttering adventure, stick to it. For perfectionists as well as many others, the project may feel overwhelming. You might be tempted to stop before you start, especially if you have to clear up lots of clutter.

Break the project into smaller tasks. If you are very uncomfortable or overwhelmed, break the project into tiny task. For instance, all you may be able to deal with is one drawer at a time. Take that drawer, dump it on the floor or a table, and start to go through the stuff. Have your garbage bag handy, and use it often. Then put back only the items you really need or want. If you have duplicates of an item, throw it away. If you feel like you are wasting stuff, you probably are.

People who have clutter have duplicates of many items. This is because they couldn’t find, for example, the masking tape. They had to run out and buy more for a project.  Of course, later they find that roll of tape, plus usually several others. You could organize your tape and keep it all. You could keep some of a duplicated item and throw the rest away. Or you can donate duplicates of items you find while decluttering. One thing that really helps you clean out that space is a box for donations. You have a perfectly good item that you just don’t want or don’t have room to store. Donate it to a thrift store or shelter. That way the item is out of your house, and may be helpful to someone else who might have a use for it.

The Timer Method

Another way to break a huge decluttering job down to reasonable tasks is to set a timer for a specific amount of time. While the clock is ticking, sort and toss your chosen area with vigor. When the timer goes off, you get a break. Start with a small amount of time if you really have trouble decluttering. You’d be amazed at how much you can get done in 15 minutes. If you discover that you become inspired by the amount you can accomplish in 15 minutes, you might want to do another round of decluttering. Or you can be finished for the day. Either way, you have accomplished something and are a bit more organized than you were. Reward yourself by enjoying the look of that empty shelf or organized drawer. Then have a bit of a rest if you’d like.

You may choose a longer time period to declutter. If you can, clean and organize for an hour. Then give yourself a nice break or rest. If you keep this pattern going all day, you will be amazed at how much you can get done. But even if you only declutter for an hour every day, your house will be organized in no time. Try to pick an area that can be finished in an hour. This will give you an amazing sense of accomplishment. But even if you only declutter for a few minutes per day, you will improve the organization of your home and feel more organized in other areas of your life, as well.


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