I started. I did not start with the first item on my list. I realized if I can do anything, I should. So I did.
For years I have had a shoe tote hanging on my closet door. The shoes that were in it were ones that I no longer wear. Meanwhile the shoes I have been wearing have been hanging around under my bed. So I threw out the old ones and put the newer ones in the shoe tote.
Good job! How does it feel to have finally gotten it done (assuming you've been meaning to for a long time)?
And I wouldn't say you need to start at the top of your list. I tried that and that overwhelmed me and even the list itself caused me to be overwhelmed and I got nothing done cause when I am overwhelmed I shut down. If you need a list and if that helps you, cool. I'd just give yourself permission to skip around on that list. I'd try sort the list in order of smallest to biggest, smallest being first. Then you can see the real small ones that you can do to start you off that'll just take 15 or 30 mins max. And I think you'll find that even though you focused on just doing that one small task, as you become motivated, you'll start knocking several off the list at the same time not even realizing until after that all got knocked off the list, you know? I just wouldn't aim for several personally, it's just what happened (if I had a list that is) as I got "into it" if you will.