This week: de-clutter 15 items from your home
Ready to cut clutter on the homefront–but not sure where to start? Standing amid the stacks and piles, it can be hard to find a good spot to dive in and begin.
Step 1: A single small success
Focus your vision down from the big picture and zero-in on one small, solvable clutter problem. Clear one counter, de-clutter one shelf, or bring order to a single drawer. If you can begin your de-clutter process with one small success, you will welcome motivation for the larger job ahead.
Step 2: Slow, steady progress
Just as clutter arises gradually, over time, it must also be fought gradually and over time. Beating clutter requires building new habits, applying new organizational methods, and creating new household routines.
Step 3: Schedule de-clutter sessions
Start off with scheduling a time of day to de-clutter—even 15 minutes is a great start. Scheduling de-clutter sessions brings your ultimate de-cluttered life goal down to something that can be accomplished.
Step 4: Remember, change begins with me
Clutter accumulates from newspapers spread about, toys and art materials left throughout the living room, poor housekeeping routines landing clean clothing in piles on the couch, and mail in daily heaps throughout the kitchen. Begin alleviating these issues through your own actions, and whoever lives with you will likely take note and follow suit. If they fail to, you now have the personal experience of what it takes to make a change in life to live without clutter, so you will be better equipped to talk with others about making a change as well.