Reduce Clutter This New Year
January 16, 2023
With a new year, we often plan many ambitious goals and plans. With this fresh start, we feel determined to accomplish things we didn’t get to last year or just feel called to achieve new accomplishments as we evolve and age. If decluttering your home has been on your to-do list for a while, and you feel like this is the year that you’ll live in a clutter-free home, here are some tips to make that process smooth and successful.
Determine the Importance of Rooms
A key step for any large project is determining where to start. Establish what areas in your home are most important to you to be decluttered. Whether it’s your living room, kitchen, bedroom, or another space entirely, make a list to determine the order of importance for your rooms so you feel organized as you take on this decluttering process.
Start with Small Areas
Once you’ve decided what order you’re going to declutter each room, it’s important to allow yourself to understand that the project will likely take time. Don’t try to tackle everything at once, as that might lead you to feel overwhelmed or even frustrated. For example, if you’ve decided to begin your decluttering in your bedroom, maybe start by organizing that “junk drawer” within your nightstand. Or if you’re starting in your living room, take it on one shelf or table at a time.
Work in Blocks / Set a Timer
Working in time blocks is a great method for productivity. It allows you to designate a certain amount of time to a project, without getting overwhelmed and feeling like the project is going to consume you. Determine the amount of time you’d like to dedicate to decluttering for the day, set a timer, and allow yourself to declutter uninterrupted for the duration of your timer. When the timer goes off, give yourself a break from decluttering and come back to it when you’re ready to set your next timer.
Whether you’re decluttering certain areas of your home or the entire house, these steps are helpful to increase productivity, decrease the likelihood of being overwhelmed, and can even be applied to a standard cleaning checklist throughout your year.