I’ve always found it challenging to keep my house from becoming cluttered. Clutter piles up in every single room, from the kitchen to the bathrooms, bedrooms, living room, and don’t even ask me about the closets!
When I’ve had a stressful day, the last thing I feel like doing is cleaning up the mess. Can you relate?
But, for the sake of my happiness and my family, I know I have to keep my house clean.
So how can you start decluttering when you’re already completely overwhelmed by the mess?
All you need to do is just start. Just pick up one thing and start with that. It can be any small thing – a pencil, a piece of laundry.
The first step is to take the first step!!!
The trick is to complete this first step without getting distracted and complete the task.
Then, once you’ve done that, immediately continue with another item to be put away.
When your house is a complete mess and you feel very overwhelmed about it, it’s just going to keep making you feel stressed out until the mess is gone. Trust me!
But, getting that mess gone is going to take some work.
You need to do the decluttering, and then what you need is a plan. But first you need to do the decluttering.
Consider how realistic it is for you to declutter your whole house in one day. How doable is it?
If you’re already overwhelmed, don’t expect yourself to get it all done at once. Be nice to yourself – just do what you can do today.
After you’ve done what you can do today, whether it was 15 minutes of decluttering or 1 hour, you should sit down with a piece of paper and a pencil.
Think about which areas of your home you noticed the most clutter piling up and write them down.
Also write down the types of clutter that you noticed a lot of. Was it toys, laundry, papers? Write everything down.
Now, the secret to getting your house clean and keeping it clean and uncluttered all the time is having systems in place. So you need to come up with some new rules or some ways to implement a system so that those pile-ups can’t happen anymore.
Changes will need to be made. But first, just get started with the decluttering.
You just need to start.