8 Steps to Eliminate Clutter in Any Room
1. Set an Overall GoalGoals are important because they help us hold a vision of what we want to achieve in our minds. Your goal for decluttering will be personal. But it could be something like the following statements. I will declutter and organize the downstairs so that things are easier to find and more beautiful to look at. Or, I will declutter my bookshelves in order to find items to donate to the local book sale. Or, I will organize my linen closet so that everything doesn't fall out when I grab a towel. The important thing about a goal is the part that says what you are going to do and why. Once you have a goal, write it down. Add it as a note on your phone. Put it in a place where you can see it. Take before pictures to show you where you started.The goal is there to help you determine what you want and what you'll need to do to get it.
2. Gather Your ToolsThe tools for decluttering are simple. You need 4 containers. The categories for these containers are...
You can label the containers if you want to with simple signs. Your containers can be trash bags, boxes, bins, laundry baskets, or whatever you have access to. In a pinch you can make 4 piles on the floor labeled the same way. These are the only tools you must have.
3. Pick a Room or AreaNow it's time to choose a room or area. You know yourself best. If you are highly motivated, go ahead and pick the biggest challenge. You may need to break it into chunks as you go. If you have never been very successful about decluttering. Pick a smaller area so that you will be able to see the results quickly and receive motivation from that to keep going. If you are following someone else's list of decluttering challenges, don't be afraid to break it into smaller parts. If you are supposed to be decluttering the kitchen this week, use Monday to do the utensil drawers. Reserve Tuesday for the pan cabinet. Keep going until you have completed several small projects that add up to a more organized room.
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