It’s not easy keeping a home organized when there is lots of clutter. Eventually, those areas get avoided because accumulation has overwhelmed its space and its owner. Putting it off creates a project and motivation may be hard to find.
Here are small steps to help you get started:
- Start with one room only. Don’t try to organize the whole house at once.
- Choose either the left or right side of the room to start on (don’t start in the middle). This will help you keep track where you leave off.
- Work from top to bottom – starting from the top prevents more work as the mess from the top may fall to the bottom.
- Pick only one area to focus on – choose a drawer, a cabinet, a shelf, or a closet. Finish the chosen area before moving onto the next.
- Decide to keep, donate/sell, recycle, or toss items – keep items frequently used, donate/sell items not used in 2 or more years, and recycle or toss anything not worthy of donating or selling.
- Keep areas organized on a regular basis. If something is taken out, put it back right away. It’s easier to take a couple of minutes to keep an area clean instead of putting it off.
- Declutter on a regular basis – items continually make their way into the home, so remove clutter regularly. Spring and fall cleaning is a great time for this.
Remember to keep it simple and only focus on a small area in the beginning. Once you complete one section, it will give that momentum you need to move onto the next.