1. Put time limits on your work. If you dread it because you feel it is going to be so time consuming, give yourself a timeframe to work so you know when you will stop for today. Maybe an hour is plenty for you, or you might feel better with a three hour shift. Either way, decide ahead of time and set a timer.
2. Take on something where you will see the results. Paper is something that can be very time consuming and the results are not as satisfying as seeing your entire pantry or dresser drawers decluttered and reorganized.
3. Have a Goodwill bag right at your work area to pop in anything you are donating. Once done, put it in your car to bring by and drop off wherever you wish to donate. That way it isn't sitting around where it can tempt you to take a second look and reconsider! Once you have decided to ditch or donate, stick with your decision.
4. Remember in clearing out old memories you are making space for new memories. And keep the definition of clutter foremost in your mind--ANYTHING THAT DOES NOT GIVE YOU GREAT JOY OR SERVE A PURPOSE IS CLUTTER!
Happy decluttering. Let me know how you do. Just baby steps are very important steps. Good for you for getting started!