One of the best ways to start feeling better about yourself, your home, and your life, is to get started getting rid of clutter. I want to show you that you can get rid of clutter in less than an hour – sometimes that is all the time we have, so we need to make the most of it.
I’m not going to tell you that your home will be magically clean and won’t need to be touched again – nobody can do that in an hour and hopefully no one tells you that you can do that! What you can do in an hour is get started and lay the groundwork for living in a decluttered home and improving your life.
First things first.
Take out a pad of paper and a pen or pencil, or open up your favorite writing software to write down your thoughts.
- Write down the areas you most want to change, clean up, or toss things out from
- Write down why you want to do this
- Write down your goal and time estimate for each area – be realistic!
After you have written down these ideas and goals, find the one that you can accomplish in the amount of time that you have left in the hour. If you don’t have a task that will fit, divide one up into smaller components – this way you will have still accomplished one of your goals and will be on your way to getting rid of your clutter. One of the best things to have on your side when trying to declutter is motivation and momentum – it can be difficult to start sometimes, but once you start it just gets easier!
I highly suggest making your first goal one that involves getting rid of something. While organization and storage are two very important areas that you will need to exercise, you should get started by showing yourself that you can part with some of the clutter. The more you feel attached to your belongings the more important this step is. While there is no reason to throw out items that we feel a special attachment to, we do not want to get to the point where we feel we need to keep things around the home that hold no personal value, take up space for the sake of taking up space, or would be considered trash or garbage by others.
Depending on how tough this might be or how many items you might be trying to get rid of it might help to find a grocery bag and start with one area where you can clear out enough items to fill the bag. Easy targets are:
- Bathroom drawers
- Bedroom night stands
- Garage shelves
- Office cabinets
Any one of these areas should be enough to get you started in the right direction – whether you are just starting to get rid of clutter or you are a veteran that needs a little boost, taking an hour to get started getting rid of clutter can be a big step in the right direction.