But more often than not, our excitement grows stale because we don’t know how to get started. In fact, it’s the start that stops us dead in our tracks and our resolution dies more quickly than we could have imagined.
But not this year.
You got this, because I’m going to give you the secret to getting started in just one short word:
Every person is different. Every person will have a different threshold for change. Decluttering is a BIG change with a LOT of stuff.
So start small. Start with what’s manageable for you. While I can jump into a room with great fervor, you might want to start with the skinny desk drawer.
Consider your limitations too. Although Pinterest is a gorgeous thing, it often encourages us to bite off and expect more than we can chew. If you’re a young mom with kids under 5, don’t set your sights on beautiful glass containers that hold the crayons and markers in your quaint craft corner. Embrace the season of life that you’re in and remember that these limitations won’t be the same forever. If you only have 20 minutes a day, then use your 20 minutes a day to conquer small areas (drawers, baskets, countertops). If you’re an empty nester who works full time, block off a Saturday. Mark it on your calendar and shoot for one room at a time.
You can do this! I know you can because I help folks just like you every single day. The work is hard. Sometimes tears are shed and voices raised, but at the end of the process, joy is found and worry is gone.
Letting go is a process. Sometimes it’s hard and you’ll want to give up because it seems like too big a task. But don’t give up.
Make your target areas manageable. Ask for help and accountability. Brag on yourself! That’s the entire purpose of our Facebook organizing group in Greenville: to be reminded you aren’t alone.
Be empowered to live free of the stuff! I’m right here cheering you on.