Declutter 1 Small Area a Week Will Equal Large Results 🏡
We have raised three children and cared for two sets of elderly parents and decluttering our house this year 1 small step a week is our goal to organizing our house. When I was in high school I asked my best friend’s mother how she keeps her house so clean, she told me that she organized one small area each week. She told me that if you try to tackle the whole house you become overwhelmed, but one small area each week we’ll keep your house clutter-free and organized before you know it.CLICK HERE FOR FREE PRINTABLE
As we are slowly becoming empty-nesters and close to retirement, my goal this year is to Declutter the house of all the areas we have ignored while caring for others. As I look at all the closets and drawers in our home it is so overwhelming. It seems like a daunting task however, I keep hearing Inga’s voice, as I was standing in her well-organized kitchen, encouraging me to take one small step at a time.
My task is so large, as we have been in her home for 30 years, that even one small step seems stressful as I try to determine where to start. But I have a do-able plan to declutter and as a blogger, I decided to start with the printable. I designed two bright and beautiful form to help clear my mind before I cleared the house.
Your first step, if you would like to join me in the 1 Small Step Plan, is to go to the Printable Library and print off the free Printables forms. Do not have access to the Printable Library, do not worry it is free. Just click the button and when I receive your email address, I will send you the Password.
Can not start the first week of the year do not worry. Because of Christmas clean up and a bad cold, I did not get started until this week and I am just starting small and I am going to catch up on the weekend.
As I prioritized in my mind what areas would make my life more convenient, I need a printable to brainstorm. After I brainstorm I need a printable to set up priorities each week to take the worry out of my mind and put it on paper. Having it listed out also allows me to check off each week’s task and encourage myself as I go forward with a few weeks of progress.
~I decided to give myself the weekend as a buffer, so I am using Monday as my start day for this great big plan. Each week I pick one small area to clean out. These are the areas that will make my day to day spaces more useful.
~I printed out my Brainstorm printable, and my Each Week printable. I cleared out my mind in the Brainstorm task and then set a small area each week. Just writing down the areas I wanted to clean released my stress.
~Next, I look at our family calendar and filled in on the second Printable where I thought we should have time to tackle the small areas. So far I have been able to keep up.
~The first week I cleared out one shelf in our bathroom closet. The next week the second shelf.
~The third week Jim and I took Sunday and tackled one small wall of a large area in the basement workroom. This area was almost a fire hazard. We spend about 2 hours together and I am so happy with the progress it has helped me keep up with the plan.
~My next week is my makeup drawer in our bathroom and the next week one shelf in a corner cupboard in our kitchen.
My hope is to have our areas in our home useful and cleared out of clutter. I hope you will join me in freeing up our spaces for the things that really matter and the items we really use.
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- Free Declutter Printable: Do not have access to The Printable Library, do not worry it is free. Click on THE PRINTABLE LIBRARY, I will send you in your email the password and you and download the Declutter printable and much more.
- Pen & Paper 📝
- Quiet time to brainstorm
- Trash bags to toss unwanted useless items
- Box for giveaway items.
- Basket for items that need to go to another place.
I keep reminding myself that overwelling tasks usually are simpler than you think once you just get started. Getting started for me is the hard part. For me having a plan written out enable me to put it out of my mind and when I find myself with 20 min to do a task I just pull out my list and get started.
I hope these printables are helpful to you as they have been for me, leave a comment and let me know if you are making small step progress this New Year.
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