Why is it so hard to declutter your home? For me, I get overwhelmed before I even start. We have collected A LOT of stuff over the year: paper, artwork, photos, toys, clothes, books and just stuff. I read books and articles on how to declutter and get organized and still I’m just….stuck. I have a feeling I’m not alone in the battle against clutter. That’s why when my blogging friend Angela from Setting My Intention said she’d write a post about 3 EASY Steps to Declutter Your Home, I was all ears and I could not wait share it with you.
Angela has a great series on what she learned from her last year of decluttering and I’ve been listening to every word she says for inspiration. Her ideas are simple and practical. One day, I’ll have that decluttered and decorated dream house I long for. In fact, I even tackled our biggest clutter spot last week and it felt FANTASTIC to actually be able to walk in the laundry room again. My littlest even went in there and did a little spin move just cause he finally could.
Please welcome Angela to Mom’s Small Victories and see what she has to say about 3 Easy Steps to Declutter Your Home and the Surprising Benefits from Decluttering!
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How to Declutter Your Home in 3 Easy Steps
by Angela from Setting My Intention
Decluttering your home can have so many benefits. But if we’re honest, we’ll admit that it’s hard to do on a regular basis and it can be overwhelming! This post is for those of you who (like me) don’t find decluttering or organizing a natural skill.
Why I Started Decluttering My Home
Two years ago I started decluttering my home in a very intentional way. I was in a time of transition with my youngest son starting full days of school. I work three days a week outside the home, but the two days that I had at home during the week were not spent doing volunteer work or writing as I envisioned.
I found myself spending those new found hours picking up, doing laundry, and trying to create order out of the chaotic spaces in our home. Not exactly how I wanted to spend those days.
I resolved back then to make some changes. I was going to clear out the clutter that had been accumulating for the ten years that we lived in our current home.
It was not an easy task.
It was an enlightening task. (Really…stick with me)
It’s still not over.
I’ve learned many things over the past two years, but one of them is that decluttering is never over. It will get easier, however, as you have less stuff and figure out a regular schedule for decluttering.
If you have a ton of stuff to go through and feel overwhelmed, or if you have no extra energy to give to decluttering, I want to encourage you with these small steps to declutter your home.
This seems like a silly thing to define, but it’s important to clarify. Clutter is defined differently for each person because every person values and uses different items. Clutter CAN be defined, however, as:
- things that are not being used in the present
- things that are not loved and used or displayed in the present
- things that are being saved for “someday”
How to Declutter Your Home in 3 Easy Steps
Really small. What that will look will depend on the challenges or life stage you’re in right now. Really small might mean get rid of one thing a day. Training our eyes to see clutter is the first step. You probably have stuff that has been lying around for months or even years. I know I did. Our clutter blindness has trained our eyes not to see that pile of papers or overstuffed closet. Seeing that pen that ran out of ink and throwing it away is actually a great step to decluttering your home. Not passing over that kitchen gadget that never gets used and putting it in the donate pile is another great step.
Develop the habit of decluttering.
Our days are full of habits. Connect decluttering with an already established habit in your day. I go into great detail about this in my eBook How to Start When You Feel Stuck. The first thing I do when I wake up is go downstairs and make coffee. I don’t even have to think about it. I connected decluttering and straightening the kitchen countertops with that time while my coffee is brewing. What is a habit that you already do daily? Connect decluttering at least one item a day with that already established habit. Pretty soon, decluttering will be a habit that your brain and body automatically do.
Maintain one clutter free surface.
When I started decluttering our house, I started maintaining one clutter free space. I decided to keep a portion of our kitchen counter clear and clean every day. The rest of our counter spaces could be piled with dishes, but that two feet of countertop would be completely empty and wiped down. It was encouraging to me to see that empty space and gave me hope and energy to keep decluttering. Clutter free spaces beget more clutter free spaces.
The 7 Surprising Benefits of Decluttering Your Home
When we declutter our homes the benefits are huge:
- less time spent picking up
- it’s easier to clean when there isn’t clutter in the way
- more time for things and people that are important to us
- freedom from a scarcity mindset
- freedom from holding on to the past and “someday”
- living more in the present
- decluttering our homes often leads to decluttering other areas of our life: our minds and our schedules.
If you need more encouragement and guidance while decluttering your home, sign up for my FREE 7 day decluttering email course, Slow and Steady Decluttering. When you sign up, there’s also a private Facebook group available to you for encouragement and accountability.
Do you feel overwhelmed by the thought of decluttering? Share in the comments if you think these three steps seem do-able to you?
Angela blogs at Setting My Intention where she focuses on encouraging intentional change and developing healthy habits for herself and her readers.
So who’s ready to tackle their decluttering projects? Decluttering may just be easier than we think if we take it in small manageable steps like Angela suggests. Anything worth doing is worth taking our time and doing it right. I’ve really tried making a habit of decluttering, picking up things as we go along is definitely easier than letting the clutter pile up and have to deal with it later. Decluttering our homes and our minds help lead us to a less stressed and more productive life. I’m signing up for Angela’s free decluttering course and I know she’ll help get me on track to declutter my home and keep it that way! How about you?
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