If you are not sure where to start, just pick one drawer or one shelf in your home. Go through each item and decide if you still need/use the item. Have a box ready for anything you are willing to donate or throw out.
If you are worried about getting overwhelmed at the thought of removing large portions of your belongings, set a timer for 20 minutes. When the time is up, you can stop and look at what you have accomplished. Don’t over do it by trying to work night and day. You will become tired very fast and I am sure very frustrated.
Try giving away 1 item each day. It could be something as small as a trinket or kitchen gadget, or as big as a piece of furniture stored in your basement. Having this daily goal is a great way to get rid of items you no longer need.
If your goal is to declutter your office or closet, get a trash bag and fill it up with clothes or paperwork. Even focusing on just one area in your home will help you snowball to the rest of your house.
Invite over a family member or friend to help you see your home through fresh eyes. Sometimes our belongings pile up around us, but we don’t see them anymore. A fresh perspective can help you pin point items that you no longer use or care about.
When looking at specific items, as yourself if you would buy this today if you saw it at a store. If you wouldn’t, toss it in the box. Ask yourself if these items still bring joy to your life; if you couldn’t care less about it, toss it in the box. It is ok to ask your family members if they want specific items like your china set, but chances are they may not see your belongings how you see them. Holding onto furniture and household items to give to your family seems like a nice gesture, but chances are your family will not have a place for it at their house.
The keys to decluttering are to give yourself the time you need, be forgiving of yourself, and stay consistent.