Let’s just be super clear that I am not currently a decluttering expert. I am a person on a decluttering journey. I have a long way to go, but I have been making progress. Today I have some advice to share as someone who has struggled with clutter for as long as I can remember. It can be very overwhelming. Sometimes it’s hard to know where to start.
Here are some questions that can help you figure out the best place for you to start decluttering, or figure out what to work on next. I have used all of these questions at one time or another. Often more than one at a time. See which ones motivate you to get started. Or just pick one and go for it!
1. What bugs you the most? Is there an area that is just driving you crazy?
2. What will make the most impact? Pick a room/area where you spend a lot of time, or the first room when you walk in the front door, or areas that guests will see.
- Living room – the first room you see when you walk into our home
- Coat closet
3. What will save you time in the long run? Get ahead of the things that make you fall behind. Would you be more efficient in the kitchen if you had a clear counter with no dishes in the sink, and a refrigerator where you can actually find what you need in 5 seconds or less? Oh yes!
4. Is there an area to declutter that would bless someone else in your home?
- Car – Mr. RSS cleaned it out the last time, but I know it would bless him if I can keep it clean!
- Living room
5. Is there an area to declutter that would bless someone outside of your home? Declutter and give things away to people who actually need or want them!
- Baby stuff
- Basement – Oh wait until you see more of my basement!
6. Is there an area that will save you money, or potentially help you earn money?
- Coupons – sitting around in piles isn’t helping so much
- Toys and other clutter that could be sold
- Refrigerator/pantry (wasting food = wasting money)
- Paper clutter – This can keep me from paying late fees (Grrr!) or missing a check!
7. What can you accomplish in a short time to get a taste of success? Pick an area you can finish in 15 min. or less. Start small.
- Cookbook shelf
- Bathroom vanity
- Kitchen counter
- Pick one drawer or shelf in the kitchen or bedroom
After writing this out I think my next new project will be the kids’ rooms/clothes. That is driving me crazy, it will save me time, and it can bless others!
How do you decide where to start decluttering? Do any of these questions help you? What will you declutter next?