RMM - Dec-20 - Jennifer Reiner

So, how do you go about decluttering in December? TACKLING A DECLUTTERING PROJECT 1

Get out your calendar, whether you use a digital or printed version, and set aside a period of time to declutter each day. Depending on your schedule and how much you have to declutter, you might only be able to commit to an hour or two a day. Try to start your project at the same time each day, so you get used to factoring “decluttering time” into your schedule. If you need to deviate from a planned time or even miss a day, that’s OK — as long as you get back on track as soon as possible. Now that you’ve committed to when and where you’ll start your decluttering project, you’re probably wondering how to tackle it.

Here are some ideas:

If you have boxes of random stuff to go through, consider going through one box a day (if you have more time, or the box doesn’t take long, then do more). If you’re tackling just one room — particularly one that has a lot of clutter in it — try going through it section by section. For example, spend a few days going through boxes and stacks of clutter in the closet, a few more on clothing, and a day each on every drawer in your dressers, nightstands, closets, desks, etc. And voilà! You’ve got the month covered.

If you break down your decluttering into manageable tasks, you can accomplish something every day. First, go through your home and see how much you need to declutter. If there is a lot of clutter in every area of your home, you might not be able to tackle everything in one month. In that case, you can focus on one level of the home (for example, the upstairs) or even one room at a time. This will now be your main, “big- picture” project. It might seem overwhelming. The trick is to break it down into something you can do every single day.

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