A cluttered home or office can make you feel stressed and disorganized, along with causing other problems in your life. For example, if your desk is cluttered, you might lose bills that need to be paid or forget about important work that needs to be done. Decluttering the space you live and work in can have numerous benefits in your life.
It is best to first begin by determining where you need to declutter. Some people are neat in every area of their lives except for one small space. This space can be a room in your home, your car, or even just a drawer in your desk where you might put items you do not want to deal with. If you know where you need to begin working, the task will likely seem more manageable -- even if it does turn out to be your whole house.
There are many ways to begin decluttering. You might purchase some sort of organizational system for a closet or for a kitchen, or something as simple as drawer dividers for your desk. The important thing is to have a clear plan.
Decluttering will benefit your life in a number of ways. If you have an organized desk or office, you will be able to focus on the work that needs to be done. You will have a clear idea of what needs to get done by the end of the day or the end of the week, and completing the task will likely seem easier if you don't feel overwhelmed without any idea of where to begin. If you've been missing bill payments or forgetting important dates because of a cluttered space, you will be able to clear your mind and pay bills on time.
It is equally important to declutter and organize your home. When you come home at the end of the day, your home should be a place where you feel comfortable and relaxed. If you are able to clean up, put things away, or even begin to plan meals in advance, you will feel more relaxed when you arrive at home. If you find that your house feels overstuffed or that you don't have space to put anything away, decluttering by getting rid of old things can be a very refreshing experience.
You might choose to donate some items to charity, have a yard sale, recycle any recyclable items, and discard of anything that is too worn out to be of use. Getting rid of old items is a great first step when decluttering your home, and other people may be able to benefit. Once you've discarded of some older items, you will be able to put other items away, making your home or office look cleaner and more open.