Editor’s note: I wrote this article as a freelancer for Chowhound.com (then owned by CBS Interactive). This piece was published by Chowhound.com on May 17, 2020. I uploaded a portion of the article to my online portfolio on April 22, 2021.

There are ways to declutter and keep your mess under control even if your local donation center still isn’t open yet. Here are some expert tips for keeping your space clean in the meanwhile (and all the time, really).

Normally, this is the time of year that many of us would be carrying out spring cleaning around the house, while also throwing away excess clutter.

But, as of mid-March 2020, most donation centers, including Goodwill and Salvation Army—where people would normally be hauling car loads of donation items as part of their spring cleaning process—are temporarily closed due to the pandemic.

Despite these necessary interruptions to our usual process, experts say there are still ways you can get your house in order while in quarantine, even if donating isn’t a possibility right now.

Here are pro tips from eight organizational experts that will help you to get further with your spring cleaning efforts while stuck at home. 

1. Start Small 

When a large task, such as organizing the home, feels too daunting, it’s often the case that people will put it off and say they’ll do it “tomorrow” instead of today.

But if you can break the overarching project into more manageable parts, you’ll likely feel less overwhelmed and more mentally able to get started.

For example, Clea Shearer and Joanna Teplin, co-founders of The Home Edit, say you shouldn’t feel like you need to conquer your entire home all at once, especially during quarantine.

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