If you have decluttering and purging on your list of New Year’s resolutions, you’re not alone! They rank up there with losing weight and quitting smoking. But many people are discouraged when the task is daunting, and they don’t finish the job. Here are a few tips to keep you on track:
Break the Task Down
If you set aside an entire day and try to declutter your whole home at once, you’ll get tired and quit.
Instead, set aside an hour for only ONE thing. Perhaps it’s your closet, or a corner of the basement.
Breaking down your organizing into manageable sized chunkswill let you see results, and that will inspire you to keep going.
Don’t Do Half a Job
If you leave a kitchen cupboard half-done to start a closet, at the end of your decluttering session nothing will be finished. Wrap up one before starting another.
That includes removing the items from your home. If you are throwing them away, put them in the garbage. If you are donating them, put them in the trunk of your car, ready to drop off. If you are passing them on to a friend or relative, put them in a box in the garage.
Don’t Assume You’re Finished
You are never done decluttering because new things will always find their way into your home. Set aside time every month (or every six months) to repeat your decluttering.
This is the point that makes most people feel like a failure in decluttering. You only fail if you don’t declutter at all!