Tidy all at once
Set yourself a 6-month time frame and clear the decks. Don’t let it drag out any longer or you will only start accumulating ‘stuff’ again.
Visualise your destination
Before you begin, you must create a firm idea in your mind of what you want to get out of decluttering your home. Visualise your ideal lifestyle and think up affirmations to help to work towards that.
Identify why you want to live the way you envision
For every answer ask yourself “why?” again. For example, if you want to live clutter free so you get a better night’s sleep, ask yourself, “Why do I want to sleep better?” Do this 3-5 times. When you find the answer to why you want to be tidy, you are ready to move on.
Determine if each item “sparks joy.”
Reorganising your life in this transformational way should be a pleasure, not a pain, so focus just as much on what sparks joy rather than focusing solely on throwing things away.
Tidy by category, not location
It is commonplace for groups of things (think clothes, for example) to be stored in various places throughout the house. Marie Kondo recommends tackling the tidying process by category not location to help clear your mind.
Tidy in the right order
Kondo says that the following order is the way to tidy: Clothes, Books, Papers, and then Komono (miscellaneous.). She goes into further details for other categories in her book The Life Changing Magic of Tidying: A Simple, Effective Way To Banish Clutter Forever
Discard before you place things back
Take joy and relief from discarding unwanted items. This purge can bring up a lot, so take time over it but ensure you are finished with discarding before putting anything away again.