10 Tiny Decluttering Steps You Can Take Today

10 Tiny Decluttering Steps You Can Take Today 1

We have alot of stuff. That happens with six kids. School papers, bills, clothes, it’s really easy to get tackled by clutter if you let it. This year I am focusing on how to get organized for the entire household. We will hopefully be buying a house this year and the ideas will get even better!

If you’ve been procrastinating on a home decluttering project, chances are the reason behind your hesitation is feeling overwhelmed or just not knowing where to start. Those things can trip anyone up on the road to organization. When you find yourself stuck in a pattern of avoidance, the best method to change that pattern is to start with small tasks. Even doing just one little thing is progress. To help you along your way, consider one of these dozen tiny decluttering steps you can take today.10 Tiny Decluttering Steps You Can Take Today 2

Clear Just One Surface

Clear your kitchen table. If that’s too overwhelming, choose a segment of your countertop. Make it a surface you see daily, and be sure to keep it spotless.

Empty a Shelf

Now that you have a surface cleared that you will see every day to provide you motivation, you can move on to another small task. Empty just one shelf. Remember to continue to keep it neat.

Designate a Paper Zone

Nothing accumulates and gets out of control like papers. Designate an area as a catchall for your paperwork, and always place new papers in that ray or box.

Find Homes for 5 Things

We all have a few items that never seem to get put away. Carefully choose your five most commonly left-out items, and find special places to store them.

Donate Three Pieces of Clothing

Clothes are often the worst to declutter. Choose just three pieces to give away each day while getting ready. Soon you’ll have a bag full.

Dump One Drawer

Pick just one drawer in your home to declutter. Then dump it out. This lets you see everything at a glance and makes the sorting process easier.

Organize Your Medicines

Medicine, bandages and other health supplies should be kept together. Tackle just your medicine cabinet, creating a neat and tidy place to keep the up-to-date items you use most regularly.

Create a Simple File System

Remember that paper zone? Soon it will overflow. Designate just a few file folders to hold your most common categories of paperwork. Then sort through the documents in your tray to file them quickly in their place.

Take That Bin to the Car

Once you have a few tiny tasks underway, you’ll likely end up with a sizeable amount of stuff to donate. Take the bag or box out to your car to deliver to the thrift shop. See how easy it is to get rid of stuff?

Picture Your Finished Room

These small decluttering tasks are adding up. Take a look around and picture how your room might look when completely pared down and organized. Visualization is a powerful motivator.

Taking small decluttering steps is easy. Soon you’ll be on your way to big life changes.

What area do you need to focus on decluttering?

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  1. What a lot of great tips. My problem is that I never know where to start. I think I will start with my junk drawers. That way when their cleaned out, I can add more junk to them.

  2. I love these tips. Organizing this house is on my to do list for 2018.Got one room done last weekend!

  3. I need to declutter the dining room. Suff just ‘lands’ there from newspaper to everyday things. It is like a battle. And clothes…. geez I have stuff fro 20 years ago that was in fashion, came back in the meantime and is now out again.

  4. As spring approaches I feel the need to make life easier by becoming organized! Clothes are always a problem, so I like the idea of dealing with them as your 3 donations a week outline suggests.

  5. I love this! I’ve used a lot of these myself. Slowly getting through my house these past 2 weeks. My kids rooms were complete wrecks as of 2 weeks ago, but we finally got them straightened out last weekend and they have gone a complete week keeping them that way! I’m really proud of them!

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