As I talk to people about letting go of clutter, many of them express the same concern: they don’t know how to start.
There are three simple steps to starting a decluttering project, as outlined in The Clutter Book:
Empty the area – take everything out
- Sort the contents into three categories – keep, discard or donate
- Place – put things that you value in a logical location
The challenge, for most people, is deciding what to keep. My advice is to keep the best and let go of the rest.
How many pairs of socks do you need? How many pens? How many coffee mugs? Each person’s definition of “enough” is going to be different. Choose a quantity that will make you feel you have plenty, without being overwhelming.
Start small with these three steps – choose a category of items to pare back, keep the ones that appeal to you most and put them in a place that makes sense to you.
The process works when you don’t complicate it. You can do it!