One way to be more consistent with decluttering is to make it a routine. Just like brushing your teeth or taking a shower, adding decluttering to your daily or weekly routine can help make it a habit.
1. Set Realistic Goals
Trying to declutter your entire home in one day is probably not going to happen and will likely just leave you feeling overwhelmed. Start with small goals like decluttering one room or one area at a time.
Sometimes, this can seem like an endless treadmill. You clean one room, and another one grows out of control. As with everything, it just requires balance. Keep adjusting till you find the right spot.
2. Start With a Small Schedule
Start small by setting aside 10 to 15 minutes each day to declutter. Once you get into the habit of decluttering regularly, you can start to declutter for more extended periods.
Habit-forming is about creating a scenario in which you feel automatically prompted to do something. You don’t have to start decluttering immediately: Rather, you have to create the opportunity.
3. Create a Place for Everything
A place for everything and everything in its place. By having a designated place for items, you can help reduce clutter and make it easier to put things away. Buy a label maker if you have to.
This doesn’t mean that you need to go out and buy a bunch of storage containers. Rather, look around your home and see what you already have that can be repurposed for storage. When you have a place for everything, you stop clutter from initially building.
4. Get the Whole Family Involved
Decluttering is not a one-person job. If your family is constantly creating new clutter, it will be difficult for you to keep up, regardless of the time you spend during the day. Instead of decluttering on your own, involve your family in the process.
Start by talking to your family about the importance of decluttering and why you want to do it. Then, create a plan that everyone can follow. Assign each person specific tasks and set a schedule for when those tasks need to be completed.
Remember, the goal is not to be perfect. Rather, it’s to create a system that works for you and your family.
5. Start with a Big Spring Cleaning
If everything is just too out of control and overwhelming, you might need to start with a deep clean. This will give you a blank foundation to start with. Once you’ve decluttered everything, you can start fresh with a new system.
Set some ground rules for what can come back into the house and be sure to stick to them. This will help prevent your home from quickly becoming cluttered again. If something is in your hand for longer than a few minutes, put it in a pile and try again later. Avoid overloading yourself.
6. Finally, be patient with yourself.
Making any kind of change can be difficult, and it may take some time to get into the habit of decluttering. Just keep at it, and eventually, it will become second nature.