- Start with the easy stuff then graduate emotionally into the things you may find harder to part with. The enthusiasm gained from purging the easy stuff should spur you on.
- Don’t reclutter while you declutter.
- Learn from your clutter. Don’t just get rid of it learn from you previous mistakes of acquiring stuff. If you don’t take the time to analyse your mistakes in this area you will soon have a repeat performance and be back to square one.
- KISS ~ Keep it simple stupid. There is no need to disrupt your entire house during the process of decluttering. Just select one small area at a time and then move on to another. There is nothing like a trail of disaster to put you off the task altogether. Don’t even think of it as one big mammoth task just think of it as a bunch of little tasks and only concentrate on one at a time.
- Do your research and have your strategy planned for how you are going to dispose of your items.
- Where or how you can donate. (Drop off, pick up, other)
- Your options for selling (eBay, garage sale, flea market etc)
- The how, what and where of recycling in your area.
- Your options for large trash that won’t fit in your curb side bin.
- Decide ahead of time where your departure points are going to be so you can quickly transfer the things you are decluttering to these areas and get them out of the way. The more organised the area is that you are working in the less likely you are to get stress out, throw your hands in the air and give up.
- Don’t feel obligated to keep things just because someone gave them to you either as a gift, in remembrance or an heirloom. It is your home and you have the right to decide what stays and what goes.
- If you can spend hours watching TV, logged on to your computer reading blogs etc, talking on the phone, reading book, magazines or newspapers… then you can surely put aside at least 1 ten minutes a day to declutter. Find a space in your day for that ten minutes and make it a routine.
- Have an open mind. If you even think an item may need decluttering it is worth consideration. Sometimes an item appears in our declutter radar but we reject the idea because of one reason or another. Maybe this is because the item has been very useful over the years, maybe because at one point you loved this item, maybe because it holds sentimental value. There is usually a reason it appeared in your radar in the first place so give it some second thought, maybe the time has past when it was useful, loved or held sentiment and now you are just keeping it out of habit.
- Unless you have true hoarding tendencies and need to enlist outside help to assist you in making the decision about what is a reasonable level of stuff I would suggest that you decide for yourself what level of possessions is right for you. The only guide you should use to decided when enough decluttering is enough is your own comfort level. There are many variables at play here and only you know what is right for you and you shouldn’t be railroaded into what is reasonable and what isn’t by someone else’s standards.
Today’s Declutter Item
Once again today’s declutter item is in line with the mini missions set for this week. I made this bracelet but have only worn it once or twice.
My Gratitude List
- Something that made be laugh ~ My husbands silly jokes.
- Something Awesome ~ Miniscule
- Something to be grateful for ~ My balcony is finally repaired so no more tradesmen waltzing through my house.
- Something that made me happy ~ Taking it easy today. It only means I will have to do more tomorrow but I am satisfied with that.
- Something I found fascinating ~ My friend’s grandson’s Lego creations.