This article is courtesy of: Clare Platt, CEO, The Next Step Forward Inc.
Clare's company, the Next Step Forward assists homeowners and their families in decluttering and clearing households. She is knowledgeable, friendly, professional and most importantly, hands-on throughout the process. If you're considering a move, or have an estate property you need to sell her full suite of services can be found on her website: The Next Step Forward
Without fail, people tell me they don't know where to start. they know they need to get started but, they are overwhelmed with the process of figuring it out. I can help!
Here are the top 5 things to do to get started decluttering:
1) start with the front hall closet. More often than not, there are mateless mitts & gloves as well as hats and scarves from who knows where that can be donated or disposed. Once this is done, tidy up the area and voila! you have started decluttering!
2) once the front hall closet has been organized, you have already started building momentum. start on the linen closet. Again, this is an easy place to start. Linen closets often have blankets and towels that have seen better days - good for disposal or donation. Plus, blankets and towels fold nicely and look great once organized.
3) underneath the bathroom sink - disposing of bottles & jars with little bits of creams, potions and lotions will lighten that little area. I am a big advocate of donating so, if you have 5 bottles of the exact same thing, donate at least one (as long as it is unopened).
4) underneath the kitchen sink - again here is an area rich in items that are rarely or not used at all hiding in the back. Remember, cleaning products lose their effectiveness after a few years. Anything older than five years should be disposed of.
5) Remember the golden rule. If you cannot see it, you aren't using it. You rarely use things you can't see. When tidying up and organizing, make sure you can see everything. Thee key to being organized is being able to access and see items so they will be used.
Author: Clare Platt, CEO, The Next Step Forward Inc.
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