1. Make a list. Create a list of places/areas in your home to declutter beginning with the easiest. This list could be made as easy or difficult as you desire based upon what areas of your home make up the list (drawers/closets/rooms). And could easily fit into any schedule.
2. Take 5 Minutes each day. Commit 5 minutes to cleaning up your space for the day. Know what you want to tackle in your five minutes and make a valiant effort in completing it. Find the things you should throw away and give away. If you spend 5 minutes a day, your home will be decluttered piece by piece and you can focus on exactly what shouldn’t be in each space in your home.
3. Give away at least one item each day. From your 5 minutes, you should find at least one item to give away, whether it is to someone you know of charity.
4. Fill trash bags. See how quickly you can fill a garbage bag when cleaning out your space. The feeling of seeing how much stuff you do not need is very fulfilling. Make sure to have one bag for trash and one bag for Goodwill.
5. Try the Hanger Experiment. To identify wardrobe pieces to clear out, hang all your clothes with the hangers in the reverse direction. After you wear an item, return it to the closet with the hanger facing the correct direction. After six months, you’ll have a clear picture of which clothes you can easily discard.
6. Change your perspective. Realize this is a change for the better. Take before and after pictures to show yourself the space you’ve uncovered with decluttering. Also take a look around and think of what else could be done to declutter and minimize the non-necessities.
7. Use your imagination. Look at your home envisioning it as someone else’s and ask yourself if you would question them for some of the items you see. Also try to ask yourself what each item is worth to you, would you still buy it today? These techniques may prove to be very helpful for some with difficulties removing unneeded clutter.
8. The Four-Box Method. Designate a space for this journey of minimalism to four boxes: one for trash, one to give away, one to keep, and one to relocate. At the end of your decluttering, go through all the boxes and consider each item individually. This may take a while, but in the end it will be worth it.