Does the thought of organizing and decluttering overwhelm you and make you feel frustrated? If you are here reading this then I guarantee you are looking for information on how to organize and declutter your home, right?
I get it. There was a time in my life when I somehow accumulated too much clutter. Which in all honesty is absurd considering I have always been a Minimalist.
Clutter has always been my enemy so it was easier to throw things out and stay ahead of it. However, there was a time that clutter some how accumulated so quickly I became overwhelmed and frustrated.
Once I organized and decluttered my home I never looked back. Nor have I allowed clutter to overtake my life again.
If you’re afraid to get started because it seems like too much work, try doing fewer tasks. By taking small steps to organize and declutter your home, you can conquer much more in less time.
How to Organize and Declutter Your Home by Dividing Things Up
Start by tackling 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.
How to organize and declutter your home in small steps:
1. Choose your starting point. Select a room that you can tackle in a day or even a few hours, rather than the most challenging one in the house.
Once you’ve chosen your room, start early so you have as many daylight hours as possible to work on your organizing and decluttering.
- Visualize Your Space – Whichever room you want to think about, go in there and stand in the middle.
- Prepare Mentally – Accept that this is going to be difficult. (Sometimes it is hard to get rid of things even when we don’t need or use them).
TIP: You won’t need as much willpower and self-control when you truly understand why you are doing what you’re doing and the benefits of doing it.
2. Basic sort. 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: 1. Things you want to throw away 2. Things you want to donate or sell 3. Things that should remain where they are 4. Things that you want to keep but are in the wrong room.
- Use this sorting principle for every item in the room.
When you’re finished, you should have four distinctive piles or areas in the room. Each item in the room will be in one of the four piles.
TIP: This is the fastest and least overwhelming way to organize and declutter your home.
3. Remove the trash. Simply taking all the “throw away” stuff out of the room is going to make a very large dent.
Keep in mind that personal paperwork should be shredded rather than simply put into the garbage.
Also be sure when it comes to throwing things away, you know what you can recycle and what can be thrown into the actual trash.
4. Remove donation items. 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 to add to this section from each room in your home until you’re ready to make one single donation or yard sale.
5. Sort the “belongs elsewhere” section. 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.
Make sure that you definitely want to keep them so that you can transfer them into the right room without having to sort them again later.
For Example: The mop would not go in your bedroom. Nor would you store cleaning supplies in the living room.
6. Organize what’s left. Now that you’ve removed large chunks of “stuff” from your room, you can organize everything that remains.
When you’re only working with the things that are supposed to be in the room, you will find that you can organize and declutter without becoming frustrated or overwhelmed.
7. Repeat this process. Continue steps 1-6 in each room until you’ve finished the entire house. When you handle one room at a time, the process is much simpler and less stressful.
Below is a video with 5 additional steps for a Clutter-Free Home
Once you’ve finished organizing and decluttering your home, 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 overwhelming. Break your decluttering challenge into smaller increments and before you know it, your house will be clean, organized, and decluttered!
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