Where To Start When Your House is a DISASTER-10 Step Plan

Where To START When Your House is a Disaster – If you’re tired of thinking “My House Is a DISASTER and I Don’t Know Where To START!“, try this 10-Step Quick Start Decluttering Plan to get started cleaning a messy, neglected disaster house when you’re paralyzed and overwhelmed by clutter and mess – and can’t seem to find a starting point.

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Where To Start

I know many tell you that you need to START by getting motivated, but HOW to get motivated to clean when overwhelmed by mess and clutter and STUFF is the bigger question, isn’t it?

When you’re paralyzed by a messy house, you might have the mental motivation and feelings of “I WANT to do it”, but you can’t seem to move or DO anything – every room is out of control, right?

Bottom line on motivation: The best motivator is progress.

That’s why I created this “Where To Start” Decluttering Action Plan.

It’s only 10 simple steps and all 10 steps can be done in 10 minutes.

(yep, it’s another 10 minute decluttering challenge of sorts)

If you can see decluttering progress in 10 minutes from right now, wouldn’t that be motivating to keep doing it?


So give me 10 minutes and let’s get you on your way to decluttering, cleaning and organizing your house.

    Where To Start When Your House is a DISASTER-10 Step Plan:

  1. Start Here
  2. Snap It
  3. Trash It
  4. Clear It
  5. Declutter It
  6. Clean It
  7. Organize It
  8. Finish It
  9. Evaluate
  10. Repeat
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✅  Tips For Success

For this Quick Start Decluttering Plan to work best, here are some tips for success:

  • Think areas, not ROOMS
  • Do not think declutter EVERYTHING; instead, think declutter SOMETHING
  • Appreciate every victory along the way
  • Do NOT declutter with boxes (it’s one of these mistakes people make when decluttering a home)
  • Do not move to another area until the area you’re working on is totally finished
  • Do not organize clutter
  • Do NOT overthink or over-complicate this simple Quick Start process below – just do it and let it work for you.

10-Step Quick Start Plan

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If your house is a disaster and you don’t know where to start, this is what you need to do – and yes, it works!

Cleaning a messy house that’s been neglected might FEEL un-doable, but you CAN do it and I’ll show you how you can start RIGHT NOW.

Step 1: Start Here

When you’re drowning in clutter, now is not the time to over-complicate the “where to start” question nor is it the time to totally overwhelm yourself with the thought of everything you need to do.

So, you know where you’re gonna START when your house is so cluttered and messy?

Right where you are at this exact moment.

Seriously – stop reading for one second and look around your immediate area.

Let’s declutter that space right now.

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Step 2: Snap It

Before you do anything, pick up your phone and snap a quick picture of the immediate area around you.

Yes, I know, it’s embarrassing and you do NOT want anyone to see your cluttered mess around you.

This picture is not for anyone to see but YOU.

So take a picture and let’s move on.

Step 3: Trash It

Now, grab a trash bag or a grocery bag and throw away any and all obvious garbage.

Don’t overthink it – you know trash when you see it.

You have to clear the trash before you can clear the clutter.

And don’t forget the floor!

Step 4: Clear It

Now, let’s move on to the other stuff in the area you’re working on.

How many items are in this area that do NOT belong there?

Put anything that does not belong in this area in a basket or box to be put where they belong (but don’t take them there right now – let’s FINISH this area first).

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Step 5: Declutter It

Now you should only have items in this area that DO belong, but are cluttering up your space.

If you do not truly need those items directly in your reach from where you sit, put them where they belong.

As an example, as I sit here are my desk, I absolutely DO need my reading glasses within close reach… BUT I do NOT need this pack of extra notepads right next to me so they need to be put away where they belong.

I DO need my phone charger in close reach, but I do NOT need yesterday’s coffee mug. That coffee mug goes in the kitchen.

Got it?

Ok, go ahead and clear the clutter in that area now.

Again, don’t overthink it and do NOT go wandering off to another area.

Finish this area first.

Step 6: Clean It

Alrighty, you’ve cleared the trash and cleared the clutter – good job!

Now, you should have a clear space that only contains what you truly NEED there.

So, let’s clean that area.

Move all your needed items to the side and clean the surface.

Don’t get lost and distracted trying to organize your cleaning supplies, just grab a spray cleaner and some paper towels and come right back to this area you are working on.

If that area really needs to be vacuumed or swept, go ahead and do that area ONLY.

Step 7: Organize It

Now your area is trash-free, clutter-free and CLEAN – awesome!!!

This is the fun part – neatly place and organize your needed items in your fresh and clean area.

Step 8: Finish It

Now is the time to quickly take all those clutter items that did not belong in your area to the room or area where they DO belong (or SHOULD belong).

This is the important part of this step – just take those items and PLACE them in the room or the area where they belong.

Do NOT get distracted and overwhelmed by how cluttered and messy those other areas and rooms are – you’ll get there.

Also go ahead and throw your bag of trash away. I don’t care if your trash bag is full or not, get it OUT of your house and in the trash can.

Step 9: Evaluate

Now come back to the area you just decluttered, cleaned and organized.

Take another picture and compare your before and after.

Admire the great job you did!

Motivating, isn’t it?

Step 10: Repeat

Now pick another small area, and repeat this process.

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My House Was a MESS!
And my anxiety was through the roof!

I needed a plan to get it together - it was all pushing me over the edge.

Thing is - we LIVE here... I never had the fantasy that my home would ever look "Pinterest perfect".

I simply wanted more control, less clutter and much less anxiety.

I finally found something that worked for ME.
  • My house is now easier to clean - I can now clean it in minutes, instead of hours.
  • I can now actually FIND the things I'm looking for.
  • I learned some simple decluttering systems that make me much more efficient every day - and I'm more relaxed and less overwhelmed all the time (finally)
  • My house now looks pretty darn good almost all the time.
  • Best of all - I no longer stress about guests unexpectedly showing up.
Turns out, it was so much easier to do than I ever expected.

This is how I did it.


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