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Decluttering: Where Do I Start?

Ready to cut clutter on the home front, but not sure where to start?
Standing amid the stacks and piles, it can be hard to find a good spot to dive in and begin. Too often, de-clutter efforts fizzle along with the light of day.
This time, resolve to succeed! To get your organised journey off to a good start, try these clutter-cutting start points. They will help free a strangled household from the clutter monster.









First Step: A Single Small Success

At the outset, adjust your vision downward from the big (cluttered) picture, to zero in on one small, solvable clutter problem. Clear one counter, de-clutter one shelf, or bring order to a single drawer and do choose an item that nags at you daily.
Beginning your war against clutter with a small success provides welcome motivation for the long haul. When you feel yourself starting to flag, returning to that one clear space, shelf or drawer will remind you of the goal and give a new burst of energy for the next step. You can do it!

Slow and Steady Progress

Clutter tolerance seems to run a fever cycle, much like the flu. Every so often, the cluttered household will become intolerable, sparking short-lived but fiery anti-clutter efforts. Piles will be shifted, boxes will be filled, stuff will be stashed until the fever breaks. Then the clutter tide flows back in, confusion redoubled because of the flushed and furious attempts to get a grip in a hurry.
Just as clutter arises gradually, over time, so it must be fought gradually and over time. Beating clutter requires building new habits, applying new organisational methods, and creating new household routines. The clutter cure takes time, and can't be short cut.
Resist the temptation to go all out in fevered, short-term sorties against clutter. Like the fable of the tortoise and the hare, slow and steady wins the de-clutter race.

Schedule De clutter Sessions

A successful attack on clutter requires time, energy and motivation. There is no such thing as a de-clutter fairy, who works while you sleep.
First things first: schedule time to de-clutter. Even 30 minutes a day will make a good start. Better still, schedule larger blocks of time, from two to four hours once or twice a week, for maximum de-clutter efficiency.
Scheduling de-clutter sessions brings the goal out of the stratosphere and into real life. By committing time to decluttering, you strengthen motivation and embrace the goal of a clutter free home. By keeping the de-clutter appointments, you begin to create islands, peninsulas, then continents of
decluttered space.
Trust me. It won't happen magically behind your back, so schedule your de- clutter appointments today!

For more info contact Barbara Shepherd (life coach and professional organiser) blog:
072 437 2810
021 7822098

Author - Barbara Shepherd

Published - 2013-11-06