We all get advice for different areas in our lives. How to declutter is one of them. Over the 20 years, while organizing I have given advice and heard advice from clients, associates, and family members.
Here are my four favorite decluttering advice.
Don’t expect to get it all done at once. – I told this to every client I had when then felt overwhelmed with all the stuff.
Clear out the most unused area first. – I told this to clients that didn’t know where to start in their home. This gave them a direction.
When you have a doubt about getting rid of something, place it in a safe place in a secure box out of site for at least 6 months. If you don’t look for it, you know you can get rid of it. – I heard this years ago from one of the organizing shows.
Everything in your home wants to have a home. – It was told to me by my father who’s mother told him when he was young.
While pondering this topic, I asked this question in a few Facebook Professional Organizer Groups I take part in and here are 20 great decluttering tips from other Professional Organizers:
“It isn’t about getting rid of stuff, is about making space for the stuff that matters.” from Seana Turner
“Start small and stick with it till you’re done in one space.” from Cena Block
“We all think that changes have to be big and complicated, where usually it is the simple things that have an impact on the here and now.” from Jill Robson
“Done is better than perfect.” from Amy Bowles
“Go with your initial gut instinct.” from Andi Tormohlen Willis
“Declutter before organizing. Downsize until the items you use or like fit back into their home (drawer, bookshelf, cabinet, box)” from Jill Annis
“Don’t let your containers overflow.” from Hazel Thornton
“Define your priorities. Create your vision. Then edit and curate your collection to what serves your life today. Put a positive spin on letting go!” from Clare Kumar
“Start small. If you’re feeling overwhelmed, start with a single drawer or shelf and build your motivation with these small accomplishments.” from Sarah Buckwalter
“Clean as you go!!” from Penny Bryant Catterall
“Things never satisfy. Relationships will. Live on purpose, with arms wide open, running headlong toward the things that matter most!” from Lauren Cloyes Flinte
“Always keep a “donation box” somewhere around your house.” from Blanka Smetana
“Break projects into small pieces; swallow one at a time.” from Janet Bloom
“Groove to some good tunes to make it fun and keep you upbeat!” from Sarah Soboleski
“Focus on one area at a time to avoid feeling overwhelmed.” from Audrey Cupo
“Once you’ve decluttered a space, work really hard to maintain it. That way you don’t get discouraged and you actually feel motivated to keep decluttering other areas.” from Hilda M. Rodgers
“One step at a time.” from Carolyn Caldwell
“I can give myself permission to let this ….. go.” from Kim Tremblay
“Another way to look at decluttering is to simplify your space and life.” from Sunshine Fox
“How do you eat an elephant? One bite at a time.” from Lisa Shaw
I hope this inspires you to declutter your home. Don’t wait, take action today will make you feel better about your home and life.
Now, it’s your turn. What is your favorite decluttering tip? Please leave a comment below.
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