Accept that decluttering can bring on some big feeling
Our homes influence our well-being, and clutter, seen as having too much stuff, is linked to the belief that our identity depends on what we own. This connection makes it hard to declutter because our possessions often evoke emotional responses like attachment, fear of needing items later, or hope for future use.
Decluttering becomes challenging due to these emotional ties, leading to procrastination. The first step is to acknowledge the decluttering process may bring up some big emotions.
Don't tackle everything at once
Despite the clutter in your home, it didn’t all appear in one go. So, getting rid of it in one decluttering session is impossible. Instead, start small and focus on one area or category at a time to avoid burnout. Working through your cluttered home gradually is more sustainable.
Make a plan
Not only is the feeling of checking items off a list satisfying, but making a plan will help you stay on track and stop you from getting sidetracked. It also helps to make a permanent appointment with yourself where you carry on with your decluttering list. Set aside an hour a week and slowly work through your home.
Start with the easy stuff
In your chosen area, begin throwing out things you need to eliminate. Without thinking about it too much, grab the items in plain sight you don’t want anymore. This helps build momentum without overthinking the process.
Sort what’s left
Organise items into categories before discarding them. This approach provides a clearer understanding of what you have and what is genuinely essential. You can tackle the decluttering process section by section.
Don’t be afraid to let things go
Remember, letting go of things you no longer need or use is okay. Procrastination can be a stumbling block in decluttering. So, if you're unsure about an item, make a decision rather than postpone it. It also helps to create clear criteria before starting to help with decision-making.