Downsizing and decluttering is stressful and overwhelming during the best of times — and these are hardly the best of times. Wherever you start, start with baby steps — they can soon lead to giant leaps and hopefully less stress. “This is the time to think small,” says Lauren Williams, a certified professional organizer and the owner of Casual Uncluttering. “People attempting to tackle the whole house, even a whole room, are setting themselves up for failure. Our sense of time is distorted, our ability to motivate ourselves is challenged, most of us are getting pulled in too many directions with childcare, trying to keep safe, learning new ways of working — not a foundation for success.
“Now is the time for micro-projects — the junk drawer, the shoes or the purses scattered in the front hall, the top of your work desk, just a drawer in a file cabinet, anything that you can break down into its smallest possible element. Accomplishing a micro-project is a great way to learn new skills, it gives you a wonderful boost of confidence, and it will have cumulative effects on the rest of the house. Add up a bunch of microprojects over time and you’ll have the whole house done.”
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