How often have you tried and failed to declutter your home? Today I want to share the 7 simple step that will finally declutter your home.
So often we find decluttering something that needs to be done but you may find yourself not knowing where to start or just completely overwhelmed with the job in front of you.
Today I want to remove that overwhelmed feeling that you carry with you. I also want to remove that- "I don't know where to start" feeling too.
Wouldn't it be amazing if you could just know exactly how to start without feeling overwhelmed?
Wouldn't it be amazing if you could finally live in that beautifully organized home that you've always wanted to live in?
Today is your day to learn how to simply organize and declutter your home so you can live in the space you've always wanted to.
Make small sections
If you want to be successful, then this is probably the most important step. What you need to do is rethink small sections. Instead of decluttering the closet or a cupboard, you'll want to declutter a drawer, basket, or shelf.
Think of an area that you can tackle in 20 minutes or less.
How often do you find yourself trying to talk yourself into decluttering an area like your closet or your bathroom? You get stuck on the idea that it's going to take the entire day to get through.
By doing this, you're going to accomplish more without feeling overwhelmed and unmotivated. And, best of all, it's only going to take you 20 minutes to get through!
Sort your section into 4 sections
Now that you have your section picked out, it's time to declutter it. But how the heck are you going to do that?
I'm glad you asked!
You're going to sort this pile into 4 piles:
So, you'll sit down and quickly sort out everything. Simple as that!
The reason for the 4 sections is, we often find that extra stuff gets thrown where it doesn't belong. How often have you quickly cleaned up because you were short on time?
You know what I'm talking about, the surprise company, or the mad rush before a party. There's always those "extra" items laying around that you just don't know what to do with. When you don't know what to do with them, you stash them in a cupboard, drawer, or basket. Out of sight, out of mind.
Until it turns into a mess.
Create a room plan
Creating a plan will set you up for the most success. If you find yourself easily overwhelmed or easily distracted, listen up. This section is for you!
People in general need boundaries. Some people have a hard time with self-discipline. Since you don't have someone guiding you to do the next thing, you need to do this for yourself.
Going around the room and numbering your sections will have a huge impact on your success. By giving yourself a plan you can move around the room without that 'I don't know what to do next' feeling.
One room at a time!
If you are someone that has that shiny object syndrome then this section is for you! If you want to complete the decluttering process you really need to commit to one room at a time.
Sure, you could do one drawer in one room. And one basket in a different room. The problem that you're going to find is you're not going to see results. If you don't see results, you're going to give up.
Would you stay on a diet that you didn't see results on? Probably not. We need to see good things happen in order for ourselves to continue on, right.
So please, commit to one room at a time. There's time, you can move to the next room later.
20 minutes max
Since the decluttering process is such a monotonous job, you need to think of it as being a marathon, not a sprint.
You cannot sprint for an entire marathon.
Everyone can find 20 minutes in their day. 20 minutes is easier to find than finding a weekend, week, or month.
Once your 20 minutes are done, walk away, and enjoy the rest of your day. You've completed your decluttering session for the day!
Complete your section
This is so imporant for success. Have you found yourself, in the past, starting the decluttering process and then giving up part way through? You end up leaving a bigger or, more visible mess than you started with.
By setting up the decluttering process this way, you can commit to completing your section because you're going through a small area, only spending 20 minutes on it, and you're separating your piles into 4 specific parts.
You' can quickly take care of those 4 piles without feeling so overwhelmed, or feeling like you have another chore to do on top of sorting.
By completing your section, you'll have a beautifully organized shelf, cupboard, drawer, or basket.
Make it a daily thing
Do it! Yes, every single day. Just think of it this way. By the end of the week, you'll have completed 7 sections. At the end of the month, you will have completed 30 sections. That's a ton of garbage, recycle, and donation bags out of your home.
A simple way to commit to decluttering your home daily for 20 minutes a day is to add a recurring appointment on your calendar. Once it pops up to remind you, stop what you're doing and sit down for the next 20 minutes and start decluttering.
Before too long, you won't even need that appointment on your calendar because you'll remember OR you'll have a beautifully organized home.
So, I encourage you to follow these 7 steps so you can easily declutter your home without feeling like you're burning yourself out, or that you're just completely overwhelmed.
If you need a little nudge or you need a guide, then you're in luck because I've created the Declutter in 20 Cheat Sheet that you can download and have with you when you're declutterin your home. All you need to do is click the button below to download your cheat sheet now!
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