Step by step by step to a clean, clear, clutter-free existence!
A huge problem for those of us who are experiencing clutter overwhelm is that once we get into an emotional place from which we can’t begin to figure out where to start is that way too often we don’t start at all.
First of all, the best way is take one area at a time, one step at a time, one day at a time. Once we’ve cleared one kitchen counter, then it’s easier to go on to clear another and another; however, if we just keep saying to ourselves “I’ll never be able to get this cleaned up,” that is exactly what will happen.
How can we get started in clearing the clutter out of our homes and become more organized in the process so that we don’t end up in the same situation just a few months down the road?
First of all, pick just one area and concentrate on decluttering it completely and keeping it that way for at least a week before going to another area. Repeat the process of keeping the next area clear for a week. After a while, we won’t need quite so much time between tackling new rooms, drawers, closets, desks, or whatever area we choose, partly because we have succeeded so often in the past.
A quick suggestion for an area to begin your decluttering journey is your refrigerator — not the inside, but all the stuff you have posted to the front and sometimes the sides of the fridge. Take everything off, set aside those things you want to consider putting back on the fridge, file those things you need to keep, and toss the rest. Select only 5 to 10 items to put back up. What difference you’ll see and feel in your kitchen!
If you continue using these same steps — remove everything from whatever area you’ve decided to declutter, select those items to keep, toss, donate, give away, or sell; and then replace a limited number of items in that area — you’ll soon have many clutter-free areas and become more free of your sense of being overwhelmed by clutter each succeeding day.