I’ve been decluttering and simplifying our home for a few months now. One thing I’ve learned is the process gets easier and easier with every purge. In the beginning, the key for me was to not get overwhelmed. I made the process as simple as possible and stuck with it.
Start by labeling 3 big plastic bins. One will be for things that need to be put away in a different location. One will be for things to donate. The last will be for trash so line it with a garbage bag.
Set a timer. When you are cleaning and purging it is best to work in specified time intervals. I usually work 30 minutes to an hour at a time. Once the timer goes off you stop. Pick it up again later.
Focus on one room at a time.Don’t jump from room to room. You will get confused and burned out quickly that way. The key is to make one room functional and organized. Seeing completed rooms will inspire you to continue.
Pick a corner and start there. Begin sorting through things in that corner and work your way around the room until you have gone through the room with a fine tooth comb. Donate items that you no longer use. Throw away garbage or items that others wouldn’t benefit from. Put away items that belong in other rooms. Once all things that don’t belong in that room are removed you will have a better idea of how to organize and give function to the room.
Don’t second guess donations. If you are overwhelmed by your stuff and don’t need all of it or have a purpose for it then give it to someone who can use it. If you can’t haul the donations to Goodwill then call or email Veterans of America. They will come to your house to pick up the donations. All you need to do is let them know where it will be and label it as “donations”.
For more inspiration to declutter visit my post at Homemaker’s Challenge: Make Friends with Goodwill – It tackles the emotional issues / the roots of holding on to stuff.
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