Are there papers all over your kitchen table? Is the washing piling up?
The secret to successful decluttering is keeping the process contained and simple. Start with just one room. Don’t think about your house as a whole, forget that every room needs your attention and just focus on one single space. If you can declutter one room every week then you will probably have completely decluttered your house in two months. This may seem like a long time, but think about what you were doing two months ago. Doesn’t seem like so long ago, does it?
The laundry is a good place to start. Laundry rooms can quickly get out of hand, as clothes are continually moving in and out. When the laundry room gets cluttered the flow of clean clothes becomes clogged, and nobody wants to go without knickers. Sort all the dirty clothes into three large garbage bags—for whites, colours and blacks. This will give you some floor space to work with.
Throw out any empty containers of washing liquid or softener. If you have two half-full bottles of the same product then transfer the contents of one into the other with a funnel, and throw out the empty bottle. Line your products up neatly above your washing machine, and start working through the garbage bags. Completely empty one before you start on the next one. This process may take a few days, or even the whole week, but by the end of it your wardrobe options will have expanded considerably.
Be sure to keep the clothes moving as you do your loads of washing. If a load has finished put the next one on. Then, as soon as the machine has started up, hang out the wet washing, or put it in the dryer. Once it is dry don’t dump it on the couch—fold it up and distribute it to the rooms in which it belongs.
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