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Good morning and happy Monday, lovelies! Let's face it...our homes seem to become cluttered in a matter of mere seconds. Where did all this stuff come from? It's simple to go from room to room and view everything that is piling up, asking yourself how and where did you manage to find each and every one of these items and actually think to yourself that you needed to buy it and keep it in your possession. How often do you find that your cluttered home makes you feel frustrated? If you are anything like the majority of the population, clutter seems to feed off chaos.
There isn't anything relaxing about not being able to find anything, right? Think about those few times when clutter actually paid off...if you have moments like that, it's far and few in-between. Even those people who claim that their life is "organized chaos" even feel the pinch of the clutter-bug every once in a while. Your home and life don't have to remain cluttered. You can declutter once and for all, and do it like a pro!
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- First, prepare yourself that you will be getting rid of quite a few items. This is always the hardest part. While your mind may be ready to part with certain items, your actions speak otherwise. Decluttering doesn't mean you have to purge everything...but you do have to downsize and organize a bit.
- Make a list of items that are STAYING no matter what. These items are the ones that you use consistently and know without a doubt that you will need in the future. Examples of these items could be a suitcase, a purse, or even a single laundry basket. Notice the trend in all those examples? They are for one item of that type, and one item only. You don't need to keep 5 laundry baskets or 15 suitcases "just in case". One typically does the job and does it well.
- Focus on just one room at a time. Decluttering may feel completely overwhelming, and if it does take breaks along the way to stay calm. Don't push yourself until you just can't do it anymore! The point of decluttering isn't to cause MORE stress, it's actually supposed to help clear up your home to clear up your stress.
- Whatever room you start in, finish it before beginning on another. Declutter that room in its entirety from start to finish. All shelves, cabinets, drawers, under any furniture or beds, and in any closets should be gone through. If you have an iffy feeling about keeping something, sit it in a pile in the middle of the room to come back to.
Allow yourself some thought before getting rid of it or not, but don't let that thought overpower everything else. By the time you are finished decluttering the room you are in, take a look at your "maybe" pile in the middle of the room and make your final decision.
Don't get hung up on the donate box loop! If you have items that you are able and willing to donate from your home, have a box out on your front porch or in my case, your garage, that you are going to place those items immediately in. One of the biggest offenders out there that keeps people's homes from becoming decluttered is that they make a donate pile, but then don't ever do anything with it!
Those items somehow just get recirculated back into their personal belongings, taking up space again. To conquer that issue, any item that you want to donate needs to be placed in your donate box immediately, away from your items that you are going to keep. That way, when the box is full, you can just carry it right to your car to drop off.
- After you've decluttered every room in your home, make a final sweep through about a week later and see if anything else sticks out to you that you no longer have a need for. Giving it a weeks time is good because it allows you to adjust to the newly decluttered area and makes you feel appreciative of the space that you've created. If you do your sweep too quickly, you may not notice the difference in how it was before, or after.
Decluttering like a pro is super simple if you follow the simple steps above. Prepare yourself and then be positive in your choices as you begin to declutter from room to room in your home. When you start to get the hang of it, it will become easier and go quicker. Before long, you may realize that decluttering is a super simple way to relieve stress that you never knew was possible!
Do you like doing some spring cleaning?, What other decluttering tips do you know? Let me know in the comments section below!