Today we’re going to look at how to get started on decluttering. It’s something that I feel passionate about as many of us are surrounded by too many items.
Most of us need to go through a decluttering process. We collect so many things and then keep them ‘just in case’. This can make us feel overloaded and it can also affect how clearly we can think and make progress with our businesses.
You may wonder why I’m writing about decluttering when I’m a marketing person. You may feel that I should be sharing information about social media, copywriting and the best advertising. However, decluttering is something that can increase productivity for your business wherever you run your business from, home or office.
Get started on decluttering for increased productivity
Having too many things around us can make us feel overwhelmed. If you’ve ever been in a room that is messy, you’ll know that it’s very hard to think clearly in an environment like that. So I’ve written about how to get started on decluttering as I know it makes all the difference with being able to think clearly, and that leads to improved productivity.
If you’ve been meaning to get started on decluttering, chances are that you feel overwhelmed or you’re just not clear on where to start. These are common obstacles to making progress on the organization journey.
As with any blockage, the best way to break through is to get started on small tasks and take it from there. Even doing just one small task is progress and movement in the right direction. I’ve put together ten tiny steps that you can use to get started on your decluttering today.
Start with clearing just one surface
How about starting with either the kitchen table or the dining table. Otherwise you could start with a section of your countertop. Turn it into a place that you keep spotless on a daily basis.
Empty one shelf
Now that you’ve made progress by clearing a surface, continue your progress with decluttering a shelf. Then be sure to keep this neat too.
Define a paper zone
Nothing accumulates in the same way that papers do. They can rapidly get out of control. The best way to handle them is to define an area for all your paperwork. This is the place where you need to always put new papers and may be a box or a tray.
Find homes for five things
Every home has a collection of things that never seem to get put away. Choose 5 things that always seem to be left-out and find where they can go. The way to keep a home or office tidy is to have a home for everything.
Give away 3 pieces of clothing
Most of us have far too many clothes. This is partly because clothes are hard to declutter. Start by selecting just 3 pieces that you can give away. Do this every day as you’re getting ready and you’ll soon have a bag full to donate either to the local homeless project, a hospital or elsewhere.
Go through a drawer
Choose one drawer to get started on. Then tip everything out of it. This enables you to see everything in there and makes it far easier to go through and sort.
Sort out your medicine chest
All medicinal items should be kept together, this includes plasters, medicine, bandages and other health supplies. Go through all your items and ensure that you have a tidy place to keep the medicine and other health items that you use most regularly.
Set up files
Going back to the paper zone, it will soon get to a point of overflowing. Now’s the time to set up a few file folders that will hold your most frequent categories of paperwork. Now sort through your papers, and file them into palce. I love these metal filing boxes. They don’t take up a lot of room and they come in different colours.
Clear out the car
Now you’ve handled a few tasks, it’s time to take your stuff out to the car. Take the bag or the box to the car and deliver it at the charity shop, thrift shop or even to the clothes bank at the dump.
Visualise your finished room
Visualizing is an incredibly powerful habit. It’s an act that will help yoou along the way to complete your room. Take a moment to visualize how your room will look when it’s been decluttered and organized. You’ll feel motivated.
Each of these small decluttering steps are easy to do. By following along, you’ll soon be on your way to getting your home or office sorted out, being able to think clearly and make big progress in other areas. It’s time to get started on decluttering to improve your productivity.