Where to start decluttering

Deciding to simplify your home when you have been living a typical consumer lifestyle can be overwhelming, particularly when you don’t have a huge chunk of time to dedicate to having a clear out. Where do you start?

The answer is, it doesn’t matter where you start. Just start. Pick one drawer, cupboard, or box. Take everything out and only put back thing that are useful or that you love. If you’re keeping things ‘just in case’, get rid of it, most things are easily replaced if you do find you need it in future. If you have time, repeat the process with another drawer (or whatever).

Start in the messiest room of the house as that will yield the most items to get rid of. Or start in the tidiest room of the house as that will be less overwhelming and can be ‘finished’ sooner. Or just start in the room you are standing in and find 5 things to get rid of. Decluttering is an ongoing process that will never be truly finished, as our life circumstances change. Simplicity is a journey and not a destination.

Whether you are clearing out your house in a massive purge or just doing one small thing each week, it doesn’t matter where you start. Just start.

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