Decluttering can at first feel like a huge task. There are so many random items and storage spaces to worry about, even when you live in a smaller space. The task can feel daunting, and I know that at first I was pretty unsure about where to start.
But over time, I learned a few methods and approaches that have helped me out so much in the process. Here are some ways to start off your decluttering process if this is your first time doing a deep declutter.
Stop shopping and instead let items run out. Obviously you can’t do this with everything, but there are some items that you might have accumulated over time and don’t need to keep purchasing. For example, I have collected several bottles of lotion over the years. And now I’m not buying any new ones until I run out of what I have. I also have a bunch of pens and notebooks, so I’m not even grabbing the freebies that often get handed out everywhere.
Start with a category you don’t have much sentimental attachment to. This way, you’ll be able to get rid of a lot of clutter quickly without second-guessing as much. This will help you realize that decluttering doesn’t have to be that difficult and that it won’t hurt as much as you might think it will.
Set aside an afternoon (or a morning) once a week. When you know to plan for an activity, you’re more likely to follow through. Pick a category, and then pick a day when you can work your way through those items.
Choose a strategy. There are so many different ways to declutter your items. I’m not really going to endorse any specific method right now. Ultimately, the important thing is for you to know before starting how you want to approach the task. Don’t start trying to declutter without first making a plan. Do your research and choose a method that you think will work for you. And if it doesn’t work for you, then feel free to adjust along the way.
The important thing is to figure out what works for you. If one method isn’t working out, move on to the next.