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From Chaos to Clarity: How to Begin When You're Overwhelmed by Mess

Dealing with a messy home can be incredibly overwhelming. The thought of sorting through piles of clutter and finding a place for everything can be daunting. However, getting started is often the hardest part. Here are some tips to help you begin when you're overwhelmed by your home.


1. Start with one room or area:


Trying to tackle your entire home all at once can feel overwhelming. Instead, focus on one room or area to start. Begin with the room that bothers you the most or the one that you use the most. By starting in one area, you'll be able to see progress, which can help motivate you to continue.


2. Set realistic goals:


Don't try to do everything at once. Set realistic goals for what you can accomplish in a given amount of time. For example, you might set a goal of clearing out one cupboard or decluttering one bookshelf. By setting achievable goals, you'll be less likely to become discouraged and give up.



3. Use the 20/10 rule:


The 20/10 rule involves working for 20 minutes and then taking a 10-minute break. Set a timer for 20 minutes and work on decluttering or organising during that time. When the timer goes off, take a 10-minute break to rest and recharge. This method can help prevent burnout and make the task feel less overwhelming.


4. Have a plan for what to do with items you no longer need:


One of the reasons decluttering can feel overwhelming is figuring out what to do with all the items you no longer need. Before you begin, have a plan for what you'll do with these items. Will you donate them to charity? Sell them online? If you opt to work with Simpl Living Co. we will provide you with a list of local charities that will accept your donations.


5. Ask for help:


Decluttering and organising can be a big task, so don't be afraid to ask for help. You might enlist a friend or family member to help you or hire a Simpl Living Co. professional organiser. Having someone to help you can make the task feel less overwhelming and allow you to stay on track.


In conclusion, getting started is often the hardest part when you're overwhelmed by the mess. By following these tips and taking it one step at a time, you can begin to tackle the clutter and create a more organised home. Remember, progress is progress, no matter how small it may seem.



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