When attempting to de-clutter without professional support; my three tops tips would be:
- Have a plan, have structure and process and set realistic goals. Start with one room and when completely organised, start on the second room and so on.
- Don’t attempt the task on your own, it is too easy for you to find reasons why not to do it. You need a ‘buddy’; a colleague, your partner, or a friend. Agree what the goal is and commit to each other that if one starts to loose enthusiasm for the task or starts to disappear for periods, the other person reminds them of their agreed goals and re-motivates them.
- Remove any distractions you should be uninterrupted; so make prior arrangements for any children and pets to be cared for off the premises. Phones and mobiles should be sent to voicemail. Advise all visitors likely to pop in that you will be unavailable.