Clutter… I’ve said it once, I’ll say it a thousand times. Y’all, it is overwhelming. I know.
You look at one pile, of many, and you. Just. Don’t. Know. Where. to. Start. I totally get it. It’s hard. So, you sit, crippled by the sheer thought of undertaking the mess. You feel powerless.
Declutter, they say. And you want to. You just can’t get motivated to begin. So, the piles keep piling up while you sit and try to figure out how to get going. You buy into the whole consumerism mentality and buy more stuff to try to figure out a way to organize your clutter. You buy more stuff to try to fill some non-identifiable void.
And the clutter just keeps mounting. It started with one pile. Now, it’s ten.
While I try extremely hard to keep our house clean, neat, and truly organized, we’ve had our fair share of clutter. Especially toy clutter. We often have things piled on our kitchen peninsula that do not belong there. And I have to clean the pile before it becomes too much.
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Some people are naturally tidy and organized. Some, not so much. And that’s completely okay. We’re all different. So, if you find yourself completely crippled by the mess, trust me…
You’ve got this.
100% you can do this. You’ve just got to focus. I’ve tried. I hear you say. Well, you probably didn’t try the right way.
How to Start Decluttering When You Feel Overwhelmed
Step one: Just start
Crazy, I know. Sounds way too easy. But, it works. If you pick up one thing and decide whether or not you should keep it and where to put it if you’re keeping it. Then, naturally, you’ll pick up another.
It really works. If you just pick a pile and pick up one thing, you’ll start decluttering.
Step two: Make a plan
I am completely type A by nature. I have to have a plan. Hence why clutter is so overwhelming to me. It gets beyond my control and I just lock up. You need to have a plan. A plan that will work for you. Here are some ideas:
- Maybe the idea of 15 minutes a day is your style (it’s not for me, I like to work until I get things done). This is a popular way, though. Just work on it 15 minutes a day.
- Perhaps breaking your home into workable areas and working on one a week is your style. Kitchen cabinets for a week. Bathroom cabinets for a week. Hall closet. You get the idea. You can make the areas as big or small as you need.
- Maybe you need a goal. Filling up one box a week or a month could be the goal. Maybe you want to fill up two boxes, or three. Set a goal, write it down, and stick to it.
- You may need an accountability partner to keep you on track which brings me to….
Step three: Ask for help
Don’t be too proud or embarrassed to ask for help. That’s why humans do best with relationships with other people. Other people often bring the best out in ourselves. If you need someone to help hold you accountable or maybe just someone to help you actually declutter. Hop to it. Ask. No one knows if you need help unless you ask for it.
That’s all there is to it. You’ve got this. Know you’re capable, make a plan, and ask for help. It won’t take any time at all and you’ll be clutter free.