I've been trying to declutter over the last month or so. I think the only way to do it (because I have been sooooo successful this time, as opposed to how unsuccessful I have been during my many attempts in the past) is to subscribe to the idea of A Place For Everything, And Everything In Its Place.
What I did.......
*Decide the most convenient place to keep things and make a list of where that is.
*If I don't have a good place to keep something, but do need to keep it, I put it on a second list of Organizing Items I Need to Buy. Every paycheck I have purchased one or two that we could afford to squeeze into the budget.
*Anything I come across that we don't use gets placed in a box for the yardsale. We have a townwide sale in two weeks; otherwise I would freecycle or donate everything. Anything that doesn't sell will NOT come back into the house but be taken directly to the Salvation Army or left with a "free" sign on it on the porch.
*I have followed FlyLady's rule to never pull out more than you can go through and put away in an hour's time. Instead of emptying the whole closet I pulled out items one at a time and decided if it was a keeper or seller. If it was to be kept I hung it right back up on one side of the closet and just worked through that way. Drawers were emptied one at a time.
*We just got some new cabinets with additional storage in the kitchen. Instead of pulling everything out of the cupboards to reorganize I used the list I mentioned in the first "*" above to figure out where things should go and every time I used something and cleaned it I placed it in its new home. This might not be possible for you but I would definitely recommend doing it one cabinet at a time.
So decide on a home for all of your belongings first. Then attack the piles and boxes, cupboards and closets.....one at a time! Good luck!
***Yardsale Sidenote: I have created boxes by price to sell at the yardsale so that I won't have to price everything. I'll just group things on tables by price so that I can lable the whole table instead of each individual item. Huge timesaver! Whenever I come across something that will be sold I put it in the appropriate box.
Jessica, wife of Marc and Momma to Nikolai (10) and Nathaniel (9) and Olivia (3).