How to Create a Clutter-Free and Organized Home
Learn the 2 biggest reasons you can’t ever seem to get (and stay) organized.
Today, most American homes are cluttered with years’ worth of stuff that never gets used.
Too many decades of successful advertising coupled with an endless selection of stores selling shiny new objects that we believe will make our lives better in some small way have led to an all-time high in consumerism.
Fortunately the tide is beginning to turn, ever so slowly.
More and more people are beginning to realize that buying one shiny new object after another not only doesn’t make us any happier (while making us poorer), but it clutters our homes with stuff we never use:
- board games we don’t play
- exercise equipment we don’t utilize
- books we don’t read
- clothes we don’t wear
- DVDs we don’t watch
- kitchen gadgets we don’t use
- and too much of everything else
To make matters worse, decluttering these excess possessions is difficult. After all, we spent hard earned money on all this stuff. AND decluttering takes time (out of our already busy days).
It’s obvious that something has to change (two things, actually):
- We must stop buying stuff we don’t need. This is essential. We are wasting our money, time, attention, and square footage.
- We must declutter the excess stuff from our homes. Clutter makes our homes messy and causes stress in our lives.
Both changes require intention and effort.
A bigger home is not the answer. A professional organizer is not the answer. Storage “hacks” are not the answer.
We must be intentional when shopping.
Don’t buy things you don’t need.
Don’t buy something just because it’s on sale.
Don’t buy things that you already have too many of (clothes, shoes, scarves, purses, jewelry, kitchen gadgets, decorations, toiletries, books, toys).
We must be intentional about decluttering.
Decluttering a little each day is the best way to work your way out of a cluttered mess.
Decluttering daily for just 5 or 10 or 15 minutes at a time keeps you from feeling overwhelmed.
Decluttering daily leads to noticeable change around your home in a short period of time.
Decluttering daily makes you more conscientious of how much you already have and helps you be more intentional with future purchases.
A day or two of decluttering followed by months of allowing more unnecessary stuff into your home is counterproductive.
“What you do every day matters more than what you do once in a while.”
~Gretchen Rubin, author of The Happiness Project
So how do you stay consistent and declutter on a daily basis?
Good habits can help you reach your goals and create the life you really want to live.
I’m not talking about grand New Year resolution-style habit change. I’m talking about small, sustainable habit change with micro-habits.
What’s a micro-habit?
A micro-habit is a habit so small you have no excuse not to do it.
A micro-habit can help you break through barriers of resistance that keep you from doing the things you really want to do in life.
A micro habit is an easy, painless way to establish good habits you’ve struggled with for years.
- You want to declutter your home? Declutter for 5 or 10 minutes a day, every day.
- You want to get in shape? Start with a 10 minute walk around the block (with your spouse, kids, or a neighbor).
- You want to eat healthier? Start by cooking an EASY home-cooked meal one night per week.
When you apply the concept of micro-habits to decluttering, practicing the micro-habit on a daily basis, you will start to see real change.
Your home will become a haven from the stresses of life, rather than another stressor in your life.
Make room for the good life.
Ready to declutter your home?
Join the free 5-day Decluttered Life Challenge. I’ll help you finally create the clutter-free home you’ve wanted for so long, with an easy-to-stick-to decluttering method that even the busiest mom can follow!