If you’ve been procrastinating on a home decluttering project, chances are the reason behind your hesitation is feeling overwhelmed or just not knowing where to start. Those things can trip anyone up on the road to organization. When you find yourself stuck in a pattern of avoidance, the best method to change that pattern is to start with small tasks. Even taking just one little step is progress. To help you along your way, consider one of these dozen tiny decluttering steps you can take today.
- Clear Only One Surface
Clear your kitchen table. If that’s too overwhelming for you yet, then choose a segment of your countertop. Make it a surface you see and use daily, and be sure to keep it spotless.
- Empty One Shelf
Now that you have a surface cleared that you will see every day to provide you motivation, you can take your next small step to another small task. Empty one shelf. Remember to continue to keep it neat.
- Create A Paper Zone
Nothing accumulates and gets out of control like papers. Mail, sales paers, coupons, receipts, misc. papers, etc. Designate an area as a catchall for your paperwork, and always place new papers in that tray or box.
- Find Permanent Homes for 5 Things
We all have a few items that never seem to get put away or don’t have a steady place in your home to reside. Carefully choose your five most commonly left-out items that don’t have a “home”, and find special places to put or store them permanently.
- Donate or Dispose of Three Pieces of Clothing
Clothes are often the worst to declutter. Choose just three pieces to give away or get rid of each day while getting ready. Soon you’ll have a bag full. Once the bag is full, don’t hold on to it “in case you lose a few more pounds”, get rid of it by bringing it to your local donation center or throw it away. Don’t delay!
- Dump One Drawer
Pick just one drawer in your home that you would like to declutter the most. Then dump it out. This lets you see everything at a glance and makes the sorting process easier. Again, only keep what you use or will use within 6 months. If you are hanging on to things “just in case” or think “I might need this later” you set yourself on the path of failure of what you are trying to achieve.
- Organize Your Medicines
Medicine, bandages and other health supplies should be kept together, not spread out all over your home. Tackle just your medicine cabinet, or bathroom closet shelf creating a neat and tidy place to keep the up-to-date items you use daily. Keep you occasional medications separate in a storage container that you can keep in your bathroom closet or cabinet. Remember that your night stand isn’t the proper place to keep your medicines on a regular basis unless you are ill.
- Create a Simple File System
Remember that paper zone? At the rate that we all receive paperwork and other papers these days it will soon overflow. Create just a few file folders to hold your most common categories of paperwork. Then sort through the documents in your tray to file them quickly in their place. Then once you have a few minutes of free time you can sort through these files and file your papers in a more permanent location.
- Take That Bin or Bag to the Car or to the Curb
Once you have a few tiny tasks underway, you’ll likely end up with a sizeable amount of stuff to donate or trash. Take the bag or box out to your car to deliver to the thrift shop or put it out for the trash men to pick up. See how easy it is to get rid of stuff?
- Picture Your Finished Room
These small decluttering tasks are quickly adding up. Take a look around and visualize how your room might look when completely pared down and organized. Visualization is a powerful motivator.
Taking small decluttering steps is easy. Soon you’ll be on your way to major, positive life changes.