9 Steps to Declutter The Badly Cluttered Rooms
Looking around at a badly cluttered house can invoke feelings bordering on despair. You don’t know where to start and you have no clue how you let things get to this point. It’s time to make a change for the better.
The toughest part of decluttering is deciding where to start and then getting motivated to actually get started. I’ve got a little secret for you… it doesn’t matter where you start. Once you start decluttering, it gets easier and easier. The first room is the toughest. Fight your way through that and the next one gets easier. The one after that’s easier still. Pretty soon you’re burning through rooms and it won’t take long before you’re done.
When you declutter a room at a time, you can work at your own pace. If the room is badly cluttered, it can take weeks to get it completely decluttered.
What’s important is that you make progress and avoid adding things back to the room while you’re trying to clean it.
Here’s the method I use to declutter badly cluttered rooms:
1. Clear a space in the middle of the room for you to use as a workspace. If you’re decluttering a bedroom, use the bed. If you’re decluttering a room with a table or desk, declutter that first so you’ll have a place to work.
2. Pick a corner of the room. Any corner will do. You’re going to clean the whole room eventually, so it doesn’t really matter.
3. Take everything out of that corner and bring it to your workspace. Don’t leave anything sitting in the corner.
4. Sort everything from that corner into two piles. The first pile should be stuff you regularly use and have to have. This is going to be the tough part because you’re going to feel attachment to stuff you don’t regularly use. If it’s something you use, put it in the keep pile. If you don’t use it, put it in the pile of stuff you’re going to get rid of. When making your decisions, think about how long it’s been since you’ve actually used the item. If you haven’t touched it for months, it’s a good candidate to get rid of.
5. The items you regularly used should be neatly sorted or folded and placed back in the corner. If you find you’re simply taking everything out of a corner, then neatly putting it back into the corner, you’re not decluttering, you’re sorting your clutter and neatly organizing it. You need to refocus and do a better job of deciding what to keep and what you can get rid of. That winter jacket that’s sitting on top of your collection of bottle caps is OK to keep. The collection of bottle caps is something you should consider tossing.
6. Once you’ve finished one section or corner, move on to the next section. Work your way around the entire room until the floor has been cleared.
7. Once the floor is cleared, start on flat surfaces like tables and countertops. Do the same thing. Organize and keep the things you use and get rid of the things you don’t use.
8. Now that the countertops and the floors are done, you’re making good progress and should be proud of yourself. It’s time to do the hard part, the drawers and the closets. Start with one closet at a time, taking the time to really think through whether you need an item or not. If it’s covered in an inch thick of dust and hasn’t seen daylight in years, it’s a good candidate for the junk pile.
9. You’ve cleaned the floor, counters, drawers and closets. The room is cleaner than it has been in decades. Pat yourself on the back and move on to the next room. Once a room is clean, don’t allow it to get cluttered again.
10. When you start decluttering a room, it’s going to be tempting to move all of the stuff you’ve decided to get rid of from one room into another. Instead of decluttering, you’re simply moving things around and making more work for yourself later. Avoid this problem by actually getting rid of the items you decide to junk. Donate them or throw them away immediately.
Article From : Kershaw, Michael (2012-04-01). How To Declutter Your Home and Simplify Your Life (Simple Living).