Do you have something on your to-do list that you just keep putting off? It could be because it’s an icky thing to do and you just don’t want to do it. Or maybe it’s because you don’t have the knowledge or materials to get it done. Or maybe you just don’t know where to start. 

If that thing is a “clean out the _______”, “go through the _______”, or “empty out the ______”, I’m here for you.

We’ve had some good chats on the blog about the benefits of downsizing (LINK), how to tackle a purging project (LINK), how to know what to keep (LINK), and how to organize just about anything (LINK). Let’s chat today about getting started on that downsizing, purging, organizing thing that keeps getting pushed down the list.

It’s time to give that list item the stink eye and show it who’s boss. 

The thing about any kind of purging/minimizing/organizing project is that once you get going, feeling the power of control over your stuff, and seeing some great results, is that you want more of it. I don’t know anyone who likes being overwhelmed by their stuff or being discouraged by their stuff situation. Doing something gets the ball rolling, the excitement levels increasing, and the mojo heading in the right direction.

So start with something easy.

That can mean a few different things:

  • You can pick up the first thing you see. Pick it up, decide if it is trash, donation, belongs somewhere else, or stays put. Then get that thing where it belongs.
  • You can choose just one box or pile or corner. Make a mini-goal to get through just one.
  • You can put something away. You see something you know goes somewhere else? Get it where it goes.
  • You can grab things that go right into the donation box. Don’t even look at the other things. Just focus on the things you know you want to donate.
  • You can throw away trash. Same idea here, but grab the broken, torn, stained, useless trash and get it to the curb.
  • You can set a timer for 10 minutes. Do what you can in a small chunk of time.
  • You can call a friend to help – This could even be done on a video call. Choose any of the above and have a friend lend a hand.

You may want to keep going once you start – go for it. Or you may be totally done – that’s cool, too. Just set up another time to go again. 

One thing I absolutely recommend is to always admire your progress and give yourself a high five. I love to do that! It’s super fun and feels good, and it keeps your motivation alive and kicking. 

Is this doable? Can you see yourself getting through a larger purging/minimizing/organizing project a little at a time if you just start with something easy? Let me know in the comments!

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  1. Alex Bullock says:

    I’m typically in the “I’ll just do this one little spot real quick, but then it turns into the whole room” kinda bandwagon 😂

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