How To Start Decluttering When You Are Overwhelmed
Do you feel like you’re drowning in kitchen utensils and useless appliances? Do the stacks of paper in your home office make you want to rip your hair out? Is the garage clutter making you extremely unhappy? These feelings of distress might indicate you’re overwhelmed by the clutter.
At this point, there’s plenty of evidence that clutter can negatively impact our mental well-being. Having too much stuff drains and frustrates us, and it also makes it difficult to focus and get things done.
The longer we put it off, the worse it will become, so even if you’re feeling overwhelmed with literally no idea how to start, it’s time to get your clutter under control!
This post is all about what it takes to get started. If you follow these five tips, you’ll be able to move past the overwhelm and recognize that decluttering doesn’t have to be such a daunting project. Let’s get to it!
Break it into small decluttering projects
If you want to declutter your whole house, then expect to feel particularly overwhelmed! Even the most organized person wouldn’t know where to start decluttering if every room needs attention… The key to beginning the process of decluttering is to break it into small, bite-sized jobs. To make it even easier, we recommend starting with the bathrooms. Most items in these areas are easy to get rid of, so you can make quick decisions and get in the right mood.
Set a timer each day
Starting decluttering when there is no end in sight can be very stressful – not to mention demotivating! To make things lighter, give yourself a finish line to look forward to each day.
Start a timer when you begin decluttering, and commit to working on your clutter, uninterrupted until that timer goes off. Even if you can only declutter for 30 minutes each day, if you’re fully invested during said time, you’ll be amazed at what you can accomplish!
Get the right supplies for the task
Now that you’ve decided where to start and the amount of time you want to dedicate to the task, the next step is to gather any supplies you might need. The list should include big trash bags, labels, masking tape, cleaning supplies, and so on. But remember: at this point, you should resist the urge to buy storage solutions. First, you declutter. And then, you organize.
Make a plan for your unwanted items
When it comes to decluttering, having a plan for your unwanted items is extremely important. The purpose here is to actually get the items out of your home. The last thing you want is a bunch of overfull boxes sitting around, taking up space. To solve this issue, you can, for instance, host a garage sale, sell your unwanted items online, or donate them to associations and shelters.
Find a way to get interested and motivated
Think about the benefits that will come from having a clutter-free home. How will you feel in this new environment? Visualize the changes you can make and how happier you’ll feel in an organized, neat home. And if these positive thoughts don’t do the trick, just put on a playlist filled with upbeat songs to get moving! Plus, music can be a great way to distract yourself from the overwhelm.
By clearing the clutter you’re giving yourself more time, space, energy, and freedom. You’re creating a home that’s easier to take care of and maintain. Remember this and all the overwhelming feelings you’re having right now will dissipate!
And if they don’t, remember that you can always rely on professionals to help you declutter and organize your home. At CluttlerBGone, we offer you a free telephone consultation so that you can tell us all about your goals for a clean and comfortable environment. Don’t hesitate to get in touch with us today!