What’s the best way to start decluttering?

The answer is: start small. Especially if the job is really big or at least seems that way.

It may seem overwhelming to even begin, much less finish. But the only way to make change, or get started on something, is to actually do it.

Start small.

  • Set a timer – on your watch, phone, microwave – for 5 minutes.

  • Look to your left. Is there a cluttered table top? A stack of papers? A pile of laundry? Start there.

  • Begin at the top. Don’t allow yourself to be distracted by what is below. What is that first item? Do you need, like or just want it? If it’s a keeper, set it aside. (Here’s more about what to do with things you keep.) If it’s not, throw away, recycle, or put in a box or bag for donation or sale.

  • Move on to the next item.

Time’s up!

Keep going or give it a rest. But be proud that you started. While you bask in the glow of your accomplishment, take time to laugh a little with this article.