The best advice for how to start decluttering when you’re overwhelmed

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You’re getting ready to put your house on the market, but the thought of decluttering your home is overwhelming. You don’t know where to start or how you’re going to get rid of all the clutter in your home. But decluttering your home is essential before putting it on the market, so you need to find a way to overcome the feeling of being overwhelmed.

One of the biggest challenges people face when trying to declutter their home is feeling overwhelmed. It can be difficult to know where to start or how to get rid of all the clutter in your home. But it is possible to overcome the feeling of being overwhelmed and successfully declutter your home.

And there’s one side benefit of bettering the sale of your home by decluttering — you may save time and find things you may have lost in the past.

Did you know: The average American spends 2.5 days a year looking for lost items.

If you’re feeling overwhelmed by the thought of decluttering your home, you’re not alone. Many people struggle with knowing where to start or how to get rid of all the clutter in their home. But decluttering your home is essential if you want to put it on the market. So how can you overcome the feeling of being overwhelmed and successfully declutter your home?

Start by identifying the areas of your home that are most cluttered

The first step to decluttering your home is to find the areas that are most cluttered. This will help you focus your efforts on the areas that need the most attention. Once you know which areas are most cluttered, you can make a plan to declutter them one at a time.

Look around your home and take note of the areas that are most cluttered

Some of the most common areas that are typically cluttered are:

  • Closets
  • Kitchens
  • Bedrooms
  • Living rooms
  • Dens/office spaces

Ask yourself what items are taking up the most space in each area

Once you’ve identified the most cluttered areas in your home, take a closer look at what items are taking up the most space. Do you have clothes that you no longer wear crammed into your closet? Are there kitchen appliances that you never use taking up space on your countertops? Do you have stacks of papers and magazines in your living room or office?

Identifying the items that are taking up the most space will help you focus your decluttering efforts on the items that are most likely to make a difference in the overall look and feel of your home.

Identify the areas of your home where you tend to accumulate clutter

In addition to identifying the most cluttered areas of your home, it’s also helpful to identify the areas where you tend to accumulate clutter. Do you have a tendency to put things on the kitchen counter when you come in the door? Do you tend to leave your shoes in the middle of the living room?

Knowing the areas where you tend to accumulate clutter will help you to be more mindful of the things you’re bringing into your home and help you to find a place for them so they don’t end up as an untidy mess.

Make a list of the areas of your home that you want to focus on decluttering

Once you’ve identified the most cluttered areas of your home and the areas where you tend to accumulate clutter, make a list of the areas you want to focus on decluttering. This will help you to stay focused and make the decluttering process more manageable.

Make a plan for decluttering your home

Now that you’ve identified the areas of your home that are most cluttered and the areas where you tend to accumulate clutter, it’s time to make a plan for decluttering your home.

Set aside time each day or week to declutter

One of the best ways to declutter your home is to set aside time each day or week to declutter. This will help you to stay on track and make progress with decluttering your home.

Set a goal for each area you want to declutter

When you’re making a plan for decluttering your home, it’s helpful to set a goal for each area you want to declutter. This will help you to stay focused and make sure you’re making progress.

Break your goals down into small, manageable steps

When you’re setting goals for decluttering your home, it’s important to break your goals down into small, manageable steps. This will help you to stay on track and make sure you’re making progress.

Focus on one area at a time

When you’re decluttering your home, it’s important to focus on one area at a time. Trying to declutter multiple areas at once can be overwhelming and make it difficult to make progress.

Start with the area that is most cluttered

When you’re decluttering your home, it’s best to start with the area that is most cluttered. This will help you to make the most progress and make the decluttering process more manageable. Once you’ve decluttered that area, move on to the next area on your list.

Work your way through each area of your home

Once you’ve decluttered the most cluttered area of your home, work your way through each of the other areas on your list. This will help you to declutter your entire home and make it more marketable.

Donate, sell, or recycle items you no longer need

After you’ve decluttered the areas of your home, you’ll need to decide what to do with the items you no longer need. You can donate, sell, or recycle these items.

Donate items you no longer need

Donating items is a great way to declutter your home and help others in need. There are many places you can donate items you no longer need, such as:

  • Thrift stores
  • Charities
  • Hospitals
  • Shelters

Sell items you no longer need

Selling items is a great way to declutter your home and make some extra money. There are many ways you can sell items you no longer need, such as:

  • Garage sales
  • Flea markets
  • Online auctions
  • Digital marketplaces
  • Consignment shops

Recycle items you no longer need

You can declutter your home and help the environment by recycling items. There are many items you can recycle, such as:

  • Paper
  • Glass
  • Plastic
  • Metal

Check local recycling centers when your town doesn’t accept certain types of recycling curbside. Typically, plastic types numbered 2-6 aren’t as easily recycled.

Be patient and consistent

Decluttering your home can be a challenging process, but it’s important to be patient and consistent. The more patient and consistent you are, the more likely you are to successfully declutter your home.

Put your decluttered home on the market

Now that you’ve decluttered your home, you’re that much closer to putting it on the market. This is an exciting time, but it can also be a bit stressful. 

One of the best things you can do when putting your home on the market is to hire a local and experienced Realtor. A realtor will be able to help you through the entire process, from pricing your home correctly to negotiating with buyers.

Key takeaway

Decluttering your home can be frustrating and overwhelming. However, decluttering is essential to selling your home.

To overcome the feeling of being overwhelmed, start by identifying the areas of your home that are most cluttered and making a plan to declutter them one at a time.

Set aside time each day or week to declutter, and focus on one area at a time. Once you’ve decluttered the areas of your home, you can donate, sell, or recycle the items you no longer need. Be patient and consistent with your decluttering efforts, and you’ll be able to successfully put your home on the market.

Author

Cristina Morizio

Long Island real estate agent Cristina Morizo
As an experienced REALTOR® and Long Island native, I know the ins and outs of the real estate market. I help home buyers, sellers, investors and homeowners navigate and negotiate. Questions? Ready to buy or sell? Let’s talk!

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