Always de-clutter BEFORE attempting to organize. That is unless you enjoy running around in circles, wasting your precious time, repeating the de-cluttering process over and over again, and frustrating yourself to no end.
De-clutter when you are ready to dedicate yourself to the task, you have cleared your calendar, and have set aside an appropriate amount of time to begin and end the task. It is impossible (and frankly I think masochistic) to attempt to de-clutter an entire home, or an entire garage all in one fell swoop without the assistance of a professional organizer at your side. Since I love empowering people, following my time-tested plan you not only will learn how to de-clutter, but also how to prevent re-cluttering.
To reduce the risk of becoming overwhelmed or discouraged, digest small bits to work with. Choose only one (1) space to de-clutter at a time. This could mean you have decided to de-clutter the tool box in your garage or the space you want to designate as the sports equipment area of the garage. Or it could mean the linen closet in your home or the cupboard underneath your kitchen sink.
As I mentioned in a previous article, getting organized is a process. Check out my article called, De-clutter, How?” for the next stage to think about.
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