Focus on One Room at a Time
It’s important to focus on one area at a time. Trying to achieve too much too soon may lead to feelings of overwhelm – and you may struggle to get past the first hurdle. Consequently, you may become frustrated and unmotivated.
Your living room is a good place to start. Begin by sorting through items such as books, magazines, and ornaments.
A helpful method for decluttering your home is to organise your items into ‘keep’, ‘sell/donate’, and ‘dispose of’ piles. Try to use boxes or bags for this, and perhaps label them, so that it becomes easier to organise your items at the next stage. Each step of the process is about simplifying your task so you don’t feel overwhelmed.
Once you’ve sorted into your three categories, take them straight to the charity shop, car boot sale, or arrange them into your seasonal storage at home. It’s easy to store them until you find time, but this will create more clutter elsewhere.
Next, focus on larger items, such as furniture. Use the same method for sorting through the items you’d like to keep. Are there any pieces you could repurpose or upcycle? Perhaps you have a beautiful side table that doesn’t match your colour scheme; could you repaint it?