Baby steps, not just great strides, helps with decluttering!
The thing about decluttering is that it never really stops as an issue. We need to buy more clothes, books, kitchen equipment….life can’t stop just because we can’t deal with our current clutter, right?
But the thing is to know when to let go of things. The items that are emotionally charged are always the hardest to let go of. So, I either wait til I’m psychologically ready to tackle those ones OR I go for the low hanging fruit! Funnily enough, after churning through the latter, I’m always chomping at the bit to get into the former! I’ve never worked out why or how that happens, but who cares, just grab the bull by the horns and go for it!
So, what I do is choose a room – usually mine or the kitchen or the living room. I choose a corner or a cupboard or a set of drawers and systematically go through it. I take everything out, sort it into one of 4 piles (Keep, repair, donate or chuck), replace the Keep pile and move onto the next area. It sounds so simple and sometimes it goes so smoothly and sometimes it doesn’t. When it doesn’t, remember there’s always tomorrow and more often than not, with decluttering, it’s the baby steps that counts!
Another helpful hint – and believe me, it’s a truism – if you commit to 15 to 30 minutes a day to decluttering, it will undoubtedly help keep the piles at bay! The other suggestion I have is that if you can cut down on bringing more stuff into the house, it makes for less work for you later on! And if you can find DECLUTTER-BUDDY, to offer valuable and honest feedback as well as moral support, it may help you conquer the harder piles!
Whatever you do, don’t give up!