This is the first post of a series called Day-by-Day Decluttering to help those of you who are just getting started–or starting over again–on decluttering.
If you’re overwhelmed with a cluttered, messy house, where do you start to gain control? Well, with the garbage, of course. You know what garbage I’m talking about, right? That empty chip bag your teenager left on the coffee table. The empty water bottle or soft drink can on the side table. Those bits of crayon labels on the dining table. Stuff like that. Recycle what you can. Throw away the rest.
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As I mentioned yesterday on my blog, I am starting a month (or more?) of decluttering challenges today. For day 1, I suggest going around your house and recycling or throwing away garbage. In my household, this means throwing away the candy wrappers that my preschooler piled up on Easter and the random pieces of garbage my husband left on various tables, counters, and other surfaces. For a former client, this step meant recycling the dozens of two-liter soda bottles his late wife had amassed before her death. Regardless of what your story is, walk around your house and see if there is anything that needs to go in the recycling or garbage, and get rid of it if you can. Then make a plan to walk around once daily from here forward and do the same to keep anything from piling up again.
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Are you willing to share the pictures of your mess before and after you got rid of the garbage? Please post them on the Facebook page or on Instagram with the hashtag #daybydaydecluttering. I’d love to see them!
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