Ninety percent of a successful endeavor begins with the first step. We know the thought of downsizing can be overwhelming, but we're here to share a few things to make it easy. So let's start downsizing and decluttering the easy way!

Downsizing

1) BEGIN SMALL

We suggest beginning in the room that you use the least. This way, because there will be less clutter, you will be able to scan through items, determine what to keep, and finish the job quickly. It's important to set mini goals, so you can feel successful and eager to approach the next room.

2) MAKE IT EASY

Instead of making the art of organizing a BIG project, make it easy by using dot stickers to organize. Take 15 minutes in a room and stick the dots on items around your house with one of four colors: Red/Trash, Yellow/Maybe, Green/Keep, Blue/Donate. When you're actually ready to eliminate these items, it will seem like you haven't done any work at all.

3) USE UNIQUE SERVICES TO PRESERVE MEMORIES

There are resources available and clever ideas to help hang on to the memories of treasured items. Kari Townsend from The Quiet Lives Project, documents people's valuables and creates a book for them. That way the memories are there, and the physical item can be enjoyed by somebody else.

4) MINIMIZE INCOMING ITEMS

How often do we rush out to the store to buy something that is probably in a closet or extra drawer in the kitchen? Try to make a point to sort through items that begin to pile up. You may find out you didn't need those batteries after all!

5) KEEP YOURSELF ACCOUNTABLE

And lastly, tasks are always more fun with friends or a family member. Ask someone to help you and offer to help them in return. You may find you each have something the other one wants or needs. Win/Win!

The holidays are a good time to begin thinking about downsizing and decluttering before the New Year. Keep the tasks small, start in one room and create those baby steps and rewards for success. If you're planning to move, it will be much easier having reduced clutter and unwanted belongings.

Happy Downsizing!