Too often when people declutter, they have a once-and-done attitude about the process only to discover that they must go through the whole process again in just a short time. It’s better to take time every day or at most every week to declutter your home.
Make Decluttering a No-brainer Daily Habit
Determine when the best time is to do your decluttering each day. Now, pick a second time in which you could do the decluttering during the day if you can’t do the first. Finally, pick a third time that you could declutter earlier in the day if you know ahead of time that you won’t be able to declutter at your scheduled time.
Now, gather what you need to organize what you’ll need to do the decluttering. First, you’ll need several boxes one for donated items, one for donated items to specific people, one for items to return to other parts of the house, and a trash bag as well as cleaning supplies.
Now determine what you want to declutter that day. If you were working in a specific area of the house the day before, you may want to continue in that area. If you simply want to work on a little here and a little there, you might want to designate a different part of the house.
Turn off your phone calls and notifications and be ready to focus on decluttering for fifteen minutes.
Set Your Alarm for Fifteen Minutes
Set an alarm to go off at the original time that you planned to do your decluttering and set it for that time every day. This reminder is important for making decluttering a habit. Once you have everything ready, it’s time to set the alarm for fifteen minutes.
Why fifteen minutes? I like to work in fifteen-minute increments because it’s a short enough timespan that I can do it regularly and it’s long enough that I can see that I have accomplished something when I’m done.
The 15 Minute Decluttering Process
Once you decided where you’re going to work, take all your decluttering tools into the room where you plan to start working. Set your phone alarm for fifteen minutes.