There are many things that keep us stuck, unable to begin our de-cluttering journey. You may have physical limitations (mobility issues, disease, pain, etc.) or emotional issues (depression, anxiety, Attention deficit disorder, etc.) or the job may just simply look overwhelming.

If any of these are the case, here are some ideas to help you get started.

  1. Just do ONE small thing. For example, clean out your purse or billfold.
  2. Do a power purge:



  • 1 or more, if necessary, garbage bag(s)
  • 15 minutes
  • A pinch of energy


  • Set a timer for 15 minutes (or for as long as your body and mind will allow).
  • Walk around your house and throw away any and all garbage (don’t forget the little trash cans in your bathroom and/or office) Get rid of *newspapers, magazines, junk mail, empty envelopes, packing materials, food waste, diapers, ruined clothing, outdated medicine. Don’t think twice about anything! Just pitch, pitch, pitch! *These items are probably recyclable and should go into the proper dumpster.
  • You are not limited to tossing just garbage, if there are other items that are simply collecting dust that you have no need for, TOSS ‘EM. (not your spouse, kids or pets).
  • Take the bag(s) right out to your dumpster.
  • If you finish before the timer goes off, YAY! Take a breather and enjoy your progress OR keep going if you have it in you. Move on to the junk drawer (if you have one) or a desk drawer or??
  • If the timer goes off and you’re not finished, take a break for 10 minutes and get back to it, resetting the timer for 15 minutes.

NOTE: You can make this a family affair if you wish, arm your family with garbage bags and instructions. Give the little ones smaller Walmart bags if needed. If you all accomplish the mission, it’s time for ice cream!

ANOTHER NOTE: If you are going to recycle the items in bold above, you can split your time in half, recyclables and trash.

  • 3.  Start in a corner
    • Choose a corner in your home
    • Take the first thing off the top, either put it away or throw it away (I prefer doing this instead of the 3-box method (trash, donate, find a home) as it provides immediate results. And so what if you’re walking back and forth to the other side of the house...you’ll be getting your steps in! Of course, you need to be smart about it, if in your corner is a pile of clothes that belong in the basement laundry room, put it in a laundry basket near the basement stairs.
    • Once the corner is emptied of stuff, CLEAN it, dust it, mop it, whatever it takes. Make it beautifully, perfectly clean! Can you FEEL that? Isn’t it great?! I love clean spaces!
    • Now move on to the right or left of the corner and repeat.
    • Once you have that whole wall done, start moving into the center of the room. Do one section at a time.
      • A cool tip I read somewhere, if you can’t decide on sections, mark 2 foot by 2 foot areas with tape or string or whatever you have on hand. This can especially help with reluctant family members; "All you have to do is clean up this small section here".
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