Easy Decluttering

An easy decluttering method to help you finally declutter your home.

When you are ready to get serious about decluttering, the most important aspect is consistency.

You need to establish a Daily Decluttering Habit. Just like you brush your teeth everyday, decluttering must become something you do everyday (or most days), without giving it a ton of thought.

You want it to become an automatic habit. When you do that, you put decluttering on autopilot.

By doing this, decluttering no longer feels overwhelming. Or impossible. It starts to feel like you may actually be able to declutter your home after all.

Keep reading to learn the easy decluttering method than anyone can manage.

The Easy Decluttering Method ANYONE Can Manage.

 

How do you do this?

By making it so quick and painless to declutter that you have no excuse whatsoever not to do it.

Look around the room you are in. Choose one basket, one drawer, one shelf, one pile, or one flat surface.

Declutter that small space. Then stop. And feel good about the progress you’ve made.

Then declutter another small space the next day, and the next, and the day after that…you get the idea.

This might not seem like much. But when you do it every single day, you’ll start to see progress rather quickly.

 

“What you do every day matters more than what you do once in a while.” -Gretchen Rubin, author of The Happiness Project

 

And because it’s so quick and easy, you have absolutely no excuse not to do it.

If your motivation kicks in and you keep going, that’s fine. But each day, tell yourself that you must declutter one small space. It’s that simple.

Consistency is the key. If you miss a day, jump right back in the next day. Don’t skip more than one day in a row!

 

(This post is adapted from Day 1 of my free 5-Day Decluttering Challenge. If you’d like to get the entire sequence, sign up here.)

 

2 Types of Clutter

There are two types of clutter in your home:

  • Daily Surface Clutter is stuff that you or your family use, but it is out of place. Daily Surface Clutter just needs to be returned to its proper home.
  • Excess Clutter is stuff that you and your family do not use, need, or love. Excess Clutter needs to be donated, sold, thrown away, or recycled.

 

The goal is not to get rid of things every single day, but to declutter one small area each day.

Some days you’ll spend your decluttering time putting away the out-of-place daily surface clutter.

Some days you’ll be dealing with excess clutter that needs to be donated, tossed/recycled, or sold.

Some days you’ll do a little of each as you declutter one small space.

You really will see progress over time if you do this consistently, day after day, week after week, month after month.

Imagine what your home could look like one year from now if you practice Daily Decluttering, clearing out one small space each day!

 

Declutter Your Home

-the easy way

 

Ready to get started now?

Do these 2 quick and easy things:

 

1. Grab a clean garbage bag and label it “donations”. (A permanent marker works well on white garbage bags.) Put this bag somewhere near the main living area of your home. Do not put it in an out of the way location.

I keep mine in our coat closet. If you have a 2 story home, use 2 bags, one for each floor. (Please donate items in good condition only. Damaged items should be thrown away or recycled.)

Anytime I come across something that can be donated, into the bag it goes. When the bag is full, I put it in the car to drop off at the most convenient charity thrift store.

Don’t slow progress by trying to find the perfect recipient for each item you declutter. Just donate items you no longer need to a thrift store (or your favorite charity) and move on. Start a new bag when you drop one off. Super simple.

If you plan to have a yard sale after several months of decluttering, set up boxes somewhere to store that stuff for now. Ditto if you plan to sell your stuff online. Clear a space to temporarily store to-sell boxes. You’ll still need a donations bag too.

Keep in mind though that you’ll only get pennies on the dollar for what you spent. And if you’re not careful, trying to sell things can slow your progress. If you don’t sell things within a few months, it’s time to donate them.

You will likely come across some items that you know you do not use, need, or love but that you still struggle to get rid of.

Don’t let these difficult-to-part-with items slow your progress. Set up a maybe/just-in-case box to temporarily store things that you know you should get rid of.

Give yourself a few months, then reconsider.

It becomes easier over time to get rid of difficult-to-part-with items. Give yourself that time for now.

Obviously you don’t want to go crazy with this or you’ll be storing a ton of stuff to reconsider down the road.

 

2. Get to work decluttering. Work quickly!

Choose one basket, one drawer, one shelf, one small flat surface, or one pile. Declutter that small space.

Yes, I know you spent a lot of money over the years on some of the items you need to declutter, but that money is already spent.

Storing unused items in your home indefinitely will not make you any richer. Donate those items and free yourself from the burden of some of the clutter filling your home.

 

“Your home is living space, not storage space.” -Francine Jay, writer at Miss Minimalist

 

Instead of spending the next 5-10 minutes on your phone or computer, go declutter one small space! You can do this!

You’ll only see progress when you take action. Reading about decluttering will not get your home decluttered. So get started right now!

 

(This post is adapted from Day 1 of my free 5-Day Decluttering Challenge. If you’d like to get the entire sequence, sign up here.)

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