HOW DO YOU START DECLUTTERING?

By Fran, Organiser of Clutter.

Wimblecomm member, Fran – Organiser of Clutter, is sharing her step by step guide of how you can get well on your way to decluttering. ell your stories to make Merton a kinder, happier and more connected community.

Organizing and decluttering your living space can often feel overwhelming, especially when juggling busy lives in small, cluttered homes. However, taking that first step is crucial in reclaiming control of your space. There is no one-size-fits-all approach to decluttering; what matters most is finding a system that works for you. In this blog post, we’ll explore a three-step approach to help you get started on your decluttering journey.

Step 1: Set Goals and List the Tasks

Begin by setting realistic goals for what you want to achieve in your living space. These goals can be abstract, like creating a “healthier environment,” or more concrete, such as “creating space for a desk.” Next, create a detailed list of every task or area in your home that needs attention to achieve these goals.

Step 2: Start with the Easiest Task

To avoid feeling overwhelmed, start with the easiest task on your list. Start small. Begin by assessing the chosen task or area. Decide what items should stay, what can be donated, recycled, or discarded. Organize the items that you intend to keep in a more orderly manner. Remember that perfection isn’t the goal at this stage; the aim is to make an improvement from the initial state.

Step 3: Repeat the Process

Once you’ve completed a task and made an improvement, move on to the next one. By starting with small, manageable tasks, you build confidence and experience in the decluttering process.

On this page you will find an example – the medicine cabinet – and how to organise it using the three steps process.

In summary, the key to successful decluttering is to start small and gradually build on your achievements. The initial step can be the most challenging, but with persistence and a systematic approach, you’ll see significant improvements in your living space. And remember, if you ever need an extra pair of hands or guidance, don’t hesitate to reach out to Fran for assistance in your decluttering journey.

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