Clutter can be very overwhelming for a woman with ADHD. I bet you if you had a magic decluttering wand, you could wave it over your mess and instantly be left with only the things you love and need. Unfortunately, that thing has yet to be invented so you’re left with your own two hands and a bit of gumption. You want a clean home, but you have no idea where to start decluttering. Let’s walk through simple steps to get started.
Be Clear On Why You Want To Declutter – Get clear on why you want to declutter. I can think of a million of things I rather do with my time than go through old junk and then make a decision until my head is ready to explode. I am going to assume that you are not decluttering because you enjoy the process, so what do you want out of this process. More than a clutter-free home or a clean house, what do you want to do once your clutter is gone? Maybe your desired result is something simple…like leaving the house without rushing around looking for shoes. The list of possibilities is endless and deeply personal.
Let go of the guilt – I understand that you may feel guilty about buying something that you have never used, guilty for the money that you wasted or throwing something away that could have been fixed. Do you know where this gets you. Nowhere? As you start to declutter you will start to build up the decision-making muscle that will assist you to make decisions in the future.
Tiny Decluttering Projects, Huge Impact- When you are decluttering look projects that are tiny in the amount of time but they have gigantic in their impact. This could be emptying the cardboard boxes that are sitting by the front door or donating items that you are not losing using.
Set Up a Time – What time of day works best for you to declutter 15 minutes a day, every day. For me this is first thing in the morning… if I turn on my laptop to start work, the day is over. Don’t get down on yourself if you miss a day. The important thing is to focus on making small, consistent steps towards your go Fifteen minutes might not sound like a lot, but performed daily, that’s over 90 hours a year!