4 Things To Do Before You Start Decluttering

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A good home declutter can do us the power of good. After all, it means we have more space in which to live, can find things easier, as an added bonus it will take even less effort to keep our home clean. However, decluttering can be a challenging process, especially if you haven’t prepared properly beforehand. Happily, you can find out all about how to do this below. 

Set a deadline for your decluttering

They say that a goal without a plan is just a dream, and never have truer words been spoken when it comes to decluttering your home. Indeed, you absolutely need a plan, and the very first part of this is to set a deadline for when you want your decluttering done. 

The advantage of having a deadline is that it will ensure you have the motivation you need to start and complete the task, even when things get tough. You can even set mini-deadlines for specific jobs or milestones to help you stay on track. Promising yourself, a reward for making the deadline is also a smart way of ensuring you follow through and achieve your goal. 

Choose your approach

Once you have set your deadlines it’s time to consider which approach you will use for your declutter. This is necessary because, over the last few years, several experts and techniques have emerged. Indeed, by not having a clear way of approaching the task of decluttering you will just make it harder and more confusing for yourself to complete. 

 

Also, you need to know which approach you will be using because you will need to put preparations in place. For example with Kon Mari, decluttering isn’t done room by room, but by type of item. This means at some stages you will need to pull out all relevant items no matter where they are in the home, which can cause significant disruption to family life if you do not make the proper plans. 

Set up your system

Once you have chosen your approach it’s time to set up your system. This means putting the things in places that you will need to complete your declutter. 

In particular, make sure you have enough storage boxes to hold the items you wish to keep in an organized way. Additionally, investing in trash bags or even a skip to put the things you are throwing away can help make the task a lot more effective. 

Many people also choose to hire out storage units for items they wish to keep but do not currently want in their home. While others ensure their local charity shop is taking donations so they can give them their unwanted items. 

Set a timer 

Last of all, when it comes to completing the actual task of decluttering remember to set a timer. In fact, working in short bursts with breaks in between can help you stay focused, and efficient. After all, decluttering is mostly about making decisions, many of which can be difficult, so the easier you can make the process, the more effective it will be. 

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Kori

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Kori is an autistic mom who also happens to have ADHD and Anxiety. She is currently located in Albany, NY where she is raising a neurodivergent family. Her older daughter is non-speaking autistic (and also has ADHD and Anxiety) and her youngest daughter is HSP/Gifted. As an empath, HSP, and highly intuitive individual, Kori brings her own life experiences as an autistic woman combined with her adventures in momming to bring you the day-to-day of her life at home. Kori provides life coaching services for neurodivergent women (and those who identify as women) as well as Oracle card reading, Tarot card readings, and energy healing.

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