The more mountainous those piles of mail become and the more crowded your countertops get, the more exhausting decluttering your home can seem. But if you divide it into pieces, it won't be nearly as daunting. Here, your week-by-week plan for a clutter-free home-minus all the hassle.
Week 1: Attack the Obvious
Begin with the area that's motivated you to declutter in the first place. It's likely that something has pushed you over the edge: that pile of unopened mail or the heap of clothes in the laundry room. "Whatever you do, don't start with family heirlooms," says Barry Izsak, an Austin-based certified professional organizer. "Go for items that you'll feel good about cleaning out." It will give you an immediate sense of accomplishment. The goal is to deal with that one area, not the whole room. Baby steps.
Week 2: Bathroom
Why? Same logic: You can quickly power through