Newspaper article The Queensland Times (Ipswich, Australia)

Here's the Ultimate Guide to Decluttering

Newspaper article The Queensland Times (Ipswich, Australia)

Here's the Ultimate Guide to Decluttering

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By Peter Walsh

Wondering where to begin? Look no further. These are my top five tips on how to get any space decluttered - keep these in mind anytime you're starting an organising job.

1. The first step is the hardest

Just get started. Right now, this minute, do something. One of the hardest things about decluttering is finding the energy to do it.

So, if this is you, here's my advice: Set a timer for just 10 minutes and go for it. That's it - nothing more.

Stand up now and for the next 10 minutes start small in one corner of one room. Find only the rubbish and get rid of that.

Rubbish is anything that's broken, soiled, or in any other way ruined. Rubbish is anything that no longer fits your lifestyle or that you no longer need, use or want.

Even if there's a small chance you might need to use that item one day in the future (the takeaway containers used for last week's Indian meal), be a bit tough and toss it.

Just getting started is what's important and you might just surprise yourself with what you can achieve in a small amount of time.

2. Small, consistent steps = huge results

If you've been successful with today's 10-minute exercise, force yourself to get into the habit of doing 10 minutes a day for the next seven days.

I'm a firm believer that small habits can lead to big changes. The idea that a decluttering job is too big for you to get it done just isn't true. Instead, it's what you've convinced yourself of.

Any job is doable if you give it enough time. You know that old expression: 'The best way to eat an elephant is one mouthful at a time'? This is that.

Win some small victories everyday for the next week and pretty soon you'll feel like tackling slightly larger jobs and so on - and so on. Small victories prove no job is impossible! You can do this.

3. Treasures first! …

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