Before you start decluttering, its important to first take some time to plan and prepare.
The main reason we get stuck surface decluttering, and never seem to get the job done, is because we fail to take the time to properly plan and prepare to declutter.
The top 10 things you should do before you start decluttering are:
Determine your why ? It will keep you going when you no longer want to carry on
Get a clear picture in your mind of what you want the end result to be
Pay attention, start to notice what you use and dont use and which items you most regularly use together, also notice all the stuff you're not using
Plan out what rooms/ areas you will declutter and in what order, assign dates and time and make decluttering a priority
Decide where unwanted items will be going
Stop buying storage and organisational items, you can re-access if you need anything once you have finished decluttering
Physically prepare, make sure you have rubbish bags and boxes on hand for unwanted items and cleaning supplies
Work on your mindset , realize it took years for the clutter to build and its going to take some time to clear. Look at your problem areas, or areas where you struggle to let go of items and try to work through whats holding you back mentally, so you can let go of the physical items
Get your family on board, talk through the why, the process and get started with your own areas so they can see the benefits before you tackle their areas
Change your focus from perfection to progress