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Have you ever looked around your home and felt stuck? Walls feel like they are caving in. Every surface and corner is filled with papers and objects stacked on top of each other. A desk so completely disorganized that a keyboard and mouse are barely peaking through.
When did it all get so messy?
To be honest, when I see my home in disarray, it fills me with anxiety. I get so anxious, I want to scream, cry, and fall to the ground.
And I did scream, cry and fall to the ground and ended up in the fetal position.
Reacting in that way made me feel like I was losing. Incapable of keeping a clean home or deserving enough to have order in my life. But I didn’t want to lose. I wanted to enjoy my home. After a long adventure away, I wanted to be excited about coming home again! Who doesn’t want that?
That’s why I wrote about How To Create A Plan To Beat Clutter For Good!! But sometimes we just need tips to start decluttering Right Now!
So here are some of the best tips to start decluttering today!
1. Get Rid of visible trash or broken items
Grab a garbage bag and turn on the timer for 10 minutes. Once the timer begins, go to every room and get all the items that are clearly trash or broken. For me, adding a time limit to a task makes me want to get as much done as possible. It’s like for those five or 10 minutes I need to be the energizer bunny and get as much done as possible. If that’s all I did in that day or week, I would feel really good!
Ready. Set. Go!
2. Pick Up with a Laundry Basket.
This one is pretty easy, but it’s also effective. I actually use an Ikea Bag, but laundry baskets are most common around the household. I put all items that don’t belong in a room into the bag. As I move from room to room, I put items away. Easy peasy don’t you think? The room order I use is as follows: Living Room, Bathroom, Bedroom, Kitchen, and finally Laundry room/area.
When things are in order, I feel instant relief and I hope you do too!
3. Clear surfaces.
Most of my clutter lives on my counters, desks, and tables. Sound familiar? If so, tackle one of those surfaces. Throw away, Recycle, Put away, or Donate. I basically got rid of everything from my desk, and it made me feel so much better!!! Finally a place for my thoughts. But now that I have clear counters, I feel like it’s easier to spot anything that is out of place.
Get to clearing!
4. Go through your closet.
Before I started decluttering, my closet was filled with a million hangers, piles of clothes on the floor, and shoes were only worn once or twice at best. The constant need to have a new outfit for every event was insatiable. But once I decided it was time to declutter, I was able to see every article of clothing for what it was… either an item I wore just once or an everyday piece.
Don’t get me wrong, my first attempt at clearing my wardrobe left me with 80% of my clothes. It took me about a year and several decluttering sessions to cull my closet. So if this is your first time, take out what feels comfortable for you, pieces with holes, others that don’t fit you, or items you clearly don’t like. It might not be a lot, but it’s a start!
Less choice in your wardrobe gives you less to stress and think about.
Less is More.
5. Join a Challenge!
There are so many great people online who host amazing challenges, and it’s 100% inspirational.
- 12-12-12 Challenge by becoming minimalist - A simple task of locating 12 items to throw away, 12 items to donate, and 12 items to be returned to their proper home can be a really fun and exciting way to quickly organize 36 things in your house.
- 365 Challenge - Colleen Madsen, gave herself a mission to get rid of one thing a day for 365 days. Follow along as she gives a mini-mission every day at 365lessthings.com
- 30 Day Minimalism Game by the minimalists - On day one, get rid of one thing. Day two, get rid of two things. And by day 30 you get rid of 30 things. In total, you will get rid of 465 things! Holy Moly, that’s a lot! Can you imagine having 465 fewer things in your home? Amazing!
We are social creatures! It’s always better to do things with others.
6. go through your papers.
Is it just me or do papers pile up like nobody's business? One day, it’s a small pile, next my desk is covered in stacks of mail, random papers, and receipts. It’s a total bummer. Until I met my best friend, Mr Shredder. I keep my papers in one place, and once a week, I go through everything that I can shred (bills, anything with my name and address, and/or receipts). Whatever I want to keep goes directly in a file. Bye bye stacks of junk of mail!
Paper Free is the way to be!
7. Check the forgotten areas!!
Check under the sinks, under your bed, laundry area, car or your purse! Clear out the trash, any items that you don’t use, old/expired things. Keep it neat and simple with the basics, and you will be amazed how helpful it will be!
Areas that are not top of mind still contribute to stress.
Set the timer for ten minutes and get rid of 10 things right now! Sometimes we just need to motivate and get things done. A deadline plus a little motivation is an amazing way to kickstart decluttering.
It’s time to Let Go!
The thing about decluttering is it’s very different for everyone. What works for me, may not work for you and that is okay! The whole point is to get your home and mind in a place so you can focus on what’s important.
Every step you take, no matter how big or small, is a step on your journey to living with less. And you know what? That’s freaking amazing!! You should be proud of everything you do. If we only celebrate the big wins life becomes an endless journey to finish, but life isn’t about finishing, it’s about enjoying all the moments in between.
No matter what method you use to clear your clutter, I hope this was able to motivate you to have at least one less thing. Have any tips? Share them below.