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Launching into what you know is going to be an hour-long cleaning session is a herculean task, even when there’s no scrubbing or washing required. A cluttered room feels downright oppressive, and you feel defeated before you’ve even picked up your first sock.
That’s the brilliance behind this technique from I'm an Organizing Junkie writer Laurie Wittmann’s sure-fire decluttering method: you break the task down into tiny increments that are a breeze to handle. Wittmann suggests picking five things you know you can put away in a matter or seconds or minutes. Put only those things away and stop when you’ve accomplished that minor task. Go do something fun like watch an episode of your favorite sitcom. When you’re done, move onto your next five items.
By breaking the job down into these easy, unintimidating segments, you ensure that you'll always make progress toward a clean room. Adjust the number of items to whatever feels easy and comfortable for you; if that’s eight items instead of five, even better! Your room will be spotless in no time.