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Today, my good friend Katie, from OrganizingMoms.com, is here to give you some amazing information about how you can build a decluttering habit. Take it away, Katie!
Are you ready to start decluttering your home? Living in a clutter-free space can help you save money, save time, and reduce your stress levels. But knowing how to get started can be one of the biggest stumbling blocks to finally getting the clutter out of your space.
Seriously – when you’re looking at piles of stuff, messes, and weeks worth of stuff that was never put away, the whole idea of decluttering is super overwhelming!
So, what’s the solution?
Just commit to doing a little bit of decluttering each day. When I started decluttering my own home, I promised myself that I would work at it for 10 minutes a day.
Start with the easy stuff first. If you’re just starting out, start with trash! Grab a garbage bag, and walk around your house for 10 minutes. Pick up and throw away any trash you see.
Make a list of areas you want to declutter. When you have a few spare minutes, pick an area from your list and start decluttering it.
Make use of the small chunks of spare time that pop up during the day. I like to clear clutter when I’m waiting for everyone to get ready to get in the car in the morning. While everyone is putting on their coats, running to the restroom one last time, or running upstairs to grab something they forgot, I use that time to get rid of a few things or put some stuff away. Over the course of a week, that adds up to some serious decluttering progress!
Take before and after photos. It’s incredibly inspiring to see how much decluttering progress you’ve made over time. You never have to show them to anyone unless you want to!
Set up a donation station somewhere in your house and tell your family about it. We have a box in our garage that’s designated for donations. Everyone in the family can put donate-able items in the box whenever they want. When it’s full, I put it in the trunk of the car so I can drop it off the next time I’m out of the house.
By just committing to work at decluttering a little bit every day, you can make significant progress over time. If you declutter for ten minutes a day for 300 days, you’ll end up doing 50 hours worth of work. That’s pretty impressive!
When I started decluttering my home, I was completely overwhelmed by all of the decision-making I had to do as part of the decluttering process. My kids were VERY young at the time, and I didn’t have a lot of energy. I ended up making a list of the easier-to-declutter items in my home, and worked through those first. Doing that helped me make progress without doing too much and burning out.
Starting with the easier decluttering projects will help you build your clutter-busting skills and confidence. You’ll be able to gain momentum and decision-making skills that will help you down the road when you need to make more difficult decluttering decisions.
After I realized that other moms felt overwhelmed and helpless when it came to decluttering, I created a step-by-step decluttering guide for beginners. It’s designed to guide you through easy decluttering tasks that will help you get started, and it’s based on the same steps I went through when I started decluttering my own home.
Are you ready to take action? Here’s are some things you can do to start on your own decluttering journey today:
Set a timer for 10 minutes and work at getting rid of trash first. No piece of trash is too big or too small!
Pick a small area you want to declutter and take a “before” picture.
If you’ve got the energy and time, spend 10 minutes decluttering that small area, and take an “after” picture.
Celebrate your progress!
If you try any of these ideas and they work for you, I’d love to hear about it! You can find me online at organizingmoms.com.
Katie is a loving wife and stay-at-home mom to busy twin boys. She is passionate about making life at home more manageable through simple organizing solutions. She writes for a popular blog, organizingmoms.com, where she shares realistic organizing solutions for busy moms. She’s the author of Get Rid of It: A Step-by-Step Decluttering Guide for Beginners.