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Decluttering for the New Year

Let your first New Year resolution be cleaning up your home!
CATS Classified In The Straits Times - January 3, 2011
By: Adele Ong
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Decluttering for the New Year

Are you snowed under by clutter? Is so much stuff piled onto your furniture that you can’t remember what colour your coffee table is? Do you have to move odds and ends off the bed before you can sleep in it? It’s time to declutter your home and your life.

Should the task before you look discouragingly mammoth, don’t lose heart. And don’t get overwhelmed. Just pick one small corner and focus only on that one small area. Don’t get distracted by any other clutter elsewhere.

Choose that small corner to create a single oasis of calm to begin with – whether you’ve picked a tabletop to declutter, or a cupboard, or a cabinet. Just remove from that one spot everything that is not supposed to be in it or on it, and clear enough space for you to work at or work from.

At this initial stage, it doesn’t matter what you do with the things that you move away from your first oasis of calm – whether you toss them out, squeeze them into some other place or recycle them. The important thing is to reclaim that corner first, and not to allow anything that doesn’t belong there to creep back into it. Keep it tidy and clear. It will be a visual and practical inspiration for you, to show you what it looks and feels like to reclaim some space, as you move on to the next area.

With the next spot you choose to declutter, however, you will have to start deciding what you are going to do with the things that don’t belong in it. That can be the toughest part of any decluttering mission.

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