Declutter Your Apartment: Fast Ways to Get Organized

"Three Rules of Work: Out of clutter find simplicity; from discord find harmony; in the middle of difficulty lies opportunity." - Albert Einstein

Living lightly and creatively in a small space can be difficult, especially if you are surrounded by clutter. And when you're just getting started, the idea of decluttering is overwhelming.

So here's my suggestion: Start small. Take 10 minutes out of your day and remove the clutter from one area of your house. Before you know it your junk drawer will be clean, then your closet, and eventually your whole house!

Below are 10 easy and fast ways to get your decluttering groove on:
1. Designate a spot for incoming papers.

2. Create a no-clutter zone.

3. Clear off a counter and shelf.

4. Clean out a junk drawer.

5. Clean out and organize your medicine cabinet.

6. Pick up 10 things and find places for them.

7. Set-up a "maybe box" for items that you will potentially donate.

8. Teach your kids where things belong.

9. Pull out some clothes you don't wear and donate them to your local thrift store.

10. Downsize your library.

11. Schedule a decluttering weekend.

And remember: The decluttering process takes time. Your first step is always the hardest. But after you get started you'll be off and running in no time.

What would you add to the list?

Tammy Strobel blogs at RowdyKittens about simple living and is the author of "Simply Car-Free: How to Pedal Toward Financial Freedom and a Healthier Life."

The Ace of Space is a biweekly column that will provide you with the tips and tools to live lightly and creatively in a small space.

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