I lined them up in the lounge room. Then I decided what order of rooms that I wanted to declutter. This was important because each room decluttered has a flow on effect. For example: if I cleared the laundry then this meant more space for things that could be moved from the kitchen. Cleaning become secondary to decluttering. I could scrub later when the space was cleared.
Therefore, here was the order that I found the most successful:
Golden rule: If I haven’t used it in two years and it wasn't valuable I either donated it or threw it. This rule helped me to be more ruthless and make the hard decisions. It was often harder to donate gifts. My mum got me candlestick holders as a gift ten years ago. I hung onto them for fear that I would be ungrateful if I donated it. When I asked her she laughed her head off and couldn't believe it. She said that she was surprised that I kept them. It was time consuming but at the end I felt like I had finished and completed something. I have started the new year organised and decluttered. Now that feels like I have achieved something big!
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