Day 113 Too much pressure

I read forums and posts on other blogs and I can’t help but think that people put themselves under too much pressure when it comes to decluttering. Below are a few suggestions I have to help release that pressure…

  • The clutter didn’t appear overnight so don’t expect it to disappear overnight.
  • Don’t look at the big picture it’s too scary sometimes.
  • Pace yourself, there is no hurry.
  • Don’t set a deadline.
  • Save the hard to decide items until last. I find the further I get into this the more ruthless I become.
  • Be rational, way up the pros and cons when it comes to what stays and what goes.
  • One step at a time, whether that is one room one cupboard, one drawer or one item just so long as it is something at a pace you can handle.
  • Give yourself a mental pat on the back with every item you send on it’s way.
  • Stay focused on what you have achieved not the size of the task ahead.

One thing you must remember is to not replace the items you are getting rid of with some other thing that will soon become tomorrows clutter making your efforts useless because you are taking one step forward two steps back.


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About Colleen Madsen

Colleen is the founder of 365 Less Things and lives in Newcastle, Australia.


  1. I love this approach; it’s the only way I’ve been able to get anything done. It’s very positive and encouraging. I could never do a complete cleanup in a weekend/week/etc., like some advice that is given.

    • Hi Jo,
      Everyone has a pace that is comfortable to work at an I like this approach for me and am glad it works for you also. It gives you more time to wisely consider what you are letting go.

  2. Today I noticed a ‘posted’ self inking stamp that I have never used so I threw it out. It’s such a pleasure to get rid of stuff. Decluttering one thing a day is a very good habit to get into…

    • Hi Low Income Lady,
      it is amazing how satisfying one thing a day can be. You would think that it would be frustratingly slow but it is mindful and informative.