Every time you open a cabinet or closet, you can find what you need without digging around for it. I like to start decluttering in the kitchen because it can easily be broken down into manageable chunks, such as one drawer or cabinet a day. Recently, the closet where I store all my decorative items mostly pillows was causing me angst. Not only was it bulging at the seams, excess pillows, lamps, picture frames, and trays had started creeping into the adjacent guest room. I dreaded walking into that space because it made me feel overwhelmed and anxious.
Finally, I put some music on, told myself I only had to work on it as long as I felt like it, and just started. The funny thing is, even though I put off cleaning that space for months, it actually only took a couple of hours to organize it.
Once I tackled that space with success, I was motivated to keep decluttering because everything else seemed easy in comparison! Over the next few days, I organized the kitchen, the bathrooms, the laundry room, the coat closet, my nightstand, my jewelry box, and my makeup.
The secret of getting started is breaking your complex overwhelming tasks into manageable tasks, and then starting on the first one. Baby steps—this is my favorite approach to just about anything that seems daunting!
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Taking small, doable actions is always so much easier than setting out to complete an entire project all at once. This small blue cabinet in our entryway organizes dog leashes, umbrellas, lint brushes, and other things we might need to grab as we head out the door.
When your home is filled with clutter, trying to tackle a mountain of stuff can be overwhelming. So give yourself permission to work on decluttering for a certain amount of time or in a certain amount of space. For example, look at the clock and tell yourself you only have to work on the project for 15 minutes, or an hour, or whatever.
Or clean out one drawer, one cabinet, shelf, or section of the closet per day. Bien fait! Then do another chunk of time or space tomorrow. And another the next day. Designate an area to place items for donation or sale and have boxes or bags on hand for those items as well. Deciding what to keep and what to donate or get rid of is what usually trips me up, but it actually becomes easier once I go along.
The cabinet in the corner of our hearth room is the perfect spot to hide our modem, router, and dvd player. Another thing that helps me let things go is to think about the people who will benefit from my donated items. Next, I put away everything that remains, nice and neat. When you get to this point, you might find that you need some drawer trays, baskets or bins, or simply some folders and labels, to help you organize your stuff.
Be willing to look at your spaces with a fresh eye and store things in more efficient and beautiful ways. Furniture and decorative accessories can often double as storage space and provide clutter control. Do you have a large armoire or cabinet with some empty space in it? You could use it to store extra pillows and blankets or even clothing.
At this point, you might want to visit someplace like The Container Store for creative storage ideas. Target also has aisles and aisles dedicated to simple and beautiful storage solutions for your kitchen, bath, closets, office, and garage. Something I use throughout our home are clear stacking plastic boxes with lids which I use to corral and organize random things. Strictly Necessary Cookie should be enabled at all times so that we can save your preferences for cookie settings.
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The room looks beautiful. Quick question. Is it for pets or children? Thank you NormaJean! Hi Leslie! It is such a mess and today I am trying to find some important papers for the accountant so you can imagine how that is going!!! I did find some other papers that he needs though. How embarrassing! Your new office looks adorable so I am expecting mine to look something like that one day soon. Thank you for sharing your befores and afters.
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If you can part with your stuff you can de-clutter easily. It is when it is hard to let go of items that you tend to hold on to them. I have been de-cluttering for the last 7yrs. I am winning now. What I have done is to be hard at not buying anything anymore unless it is urgent. Times I have regretted letting go of items after my husband died. I then needed the things I let go.
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