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How to start decluttering when overwhelmed

Clutter to Calm

Decluttering is set to be one of the hot topics of the year again.  There are shows, books and videos all telling you to declutter and ‘get organised’.  There are so many benefits to organising your home and getting rid of things that you just don't need, but actually taking the step to start decluttering when overwhelmed by the amount of stuff there is to deal with is tough.  In this post we aim to help how overcome the obstacles by sharing our practical tips of how to start decluttering when overwhelmed.

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What are the benefits of decluttering?

As we spend more time in our homes, working and living, the impact of being in a cluttered space has become more apparent.  Some of the key benefits of removing the clutter from our homes include:

  • A reduction in anxiety
  • Improved quality of sleep
  • Improved focus and ability to concentrate at home
  • Creates a feeling of calm within your home
  • Decluttering your kitchen can even make you more unlikely to snack on unhealthy foods as you will find it easier to prepare meals 

This means that anything you can do to declutter and organise your home will help and enhance your overall well being.  

Decluttering your home can even become part of your self care routine and improve your overall self esteem.  It may not feel like this to start with, but as you move forward with decluttering clothes, trinkets and stuff you will find it easier and easier to stay on top of and having simplified home with organisational systems in place will create a calmer environment and so improve your outlook and you may even find you begin to enjoy organising.

Practical Tips; how to start decluttering when overwhelmed

If you look around your home or open a cupboard and feel overwhelmed by the amount of things you would have to deal with if you started to declutter then don’t worry.  You are not alone.  It can be so overwhelming to even think about starting decluttering, but the secret to doing it is not complicated; just think little and often.   You don’t need to do the whole thing in one day!

 'The secret to decluttering is not complicated it is all about little and often'

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Start small

  • Look at the one place in your home that causes you the most stress; work out what annoys you the most.
  • Break down any tasks to get that area organised into small tasks that will take a maximum of 30 minutes to do.
  • Give yourself a week or two to do it, every day or every other day – whatever will work.
  • Don’t give yourself a big plan and a tight timescale.

Have a place for everything

  • One of the main reasons clutter starts to build up is because you either have too much of something or you are not quite sure where to put it. Having a clear view on what you own as well as a clear place for everything you do own will help address this.  It really doesn’t matter where it is as long as it makes sense to you and your family.
  • Once you have decided on a place label it. This makes sure everyone knows where it should go so there is less excuse for not putting it back.

Get everyone involved

  • It is not your responsibility to clear up after everyone, give your family small manageable tasks to complete every few days; make them responsible.


  • Once it is done celebrate and don’t rush into the next task, give yourself some time to maintain it.

Give yourself credit!

Getting organised is no mean feat so make sure you praise yourself for everything you declutter, sort and organise no matter how small. It doesn’t have to be perfect; this is not about getting your home into something Instagramable it is about simplifying your life, reducing stress and making your home work for you and your family.

If you are still struggling on how to start I have pulled together over 40 activities into a book, ’10 minute Transformations'; to help you declutter and get organised’. Each one is designed to take no more than 10 minutes and will transform your home and simplify your life. ⁠ It also includes guidance on what should go where and where to donate items you no longer need.⁠ ⁠You will be amazed by how much you can achieve in 10 minutes!⁠ ⁠

Guest Author

George from Simplify by George

Simplify By George helps you to simplify your life through decluttering and organising your home.

George provides a non judgemental organisational service to help you simplify your life.

As well as taking time to write this post for us George has recently launched her debut book which will help you declutter your home one room at a time with just 10 minutes a day.


6 thoughts on “How to start decluttering when overwhelmed”

  1. This is my husband, it drives me nuts because everything vanishes. And then he gets annoyed when I buy more because I think we’ve run out of the oil he’s hidden in the pantry….#MischiefandMemories

  2. Definitely this! Clutter can be SO stressful to look at, and when it’s bad, you never know where to start. I like the idea of breaking decluttering down into little time frames so it’s not too overwhelming. #mischiefandmemories

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