Sunday, February 15, 2015

Happiness is ... A Clutter Free Home - 10 Decluttering Tips

Look around you. Do feel like you are suffocating? Do feel anxious or stressed when you walk into the door at home but can’t figure out why? Does your brain feel scrambled?

It could be the clutter in your house. Whether you like to admit it or not, clutter has some very negative side effects on your health and well-being.

It’s may be time to get rid of all the clutter in your home. Free yourself and enjoy your return to balance, harmony and simplicity.

Let’s Get Started

  1. Have a plan. Choose one room at a time. Inside that room choose one small area. Complete all small areas before going to the next room.
  2. Give yourself a deadline to have your clutter removed. Be realistic. You can always extend your deadline if you have unexpected errands that interrupt your decluttering plan.
  3. Don’t get over whelmed. 
    • Don’t look everywhere. Look only at one small space at a time. You don’t have to do the whole house in one day. Not even a whole room. Start with something simple like your pantry or junk drawer.
    • Don't go crazy and get burnt out. Give yourself a set amount of time each day dedicated to removing the clutter. I do this. Once I get started I don't want to stop because I just want to get it done. The kids don't need super and they can read their own bedtime story.
  4. Don’t over think it. Don’t hum and ha. Go with your first instinct. Just let it go. Let it fall out of your hands and float down down down into the cardboard box. Doesn’t that feel good? Now keep moving!
  5. Get the whole family involved. Encourage hubby and the kids to purge their toys and to pitch in where ever you need their input.
  6. Keep yourself motivated by picturing your clutter free, relaxing space. Ummm. Feel the negative energy leaving your home with each box of junk and garbage.
  7. Don’t get side tracked with other projects. I’m guilty of this one. Too many projects on the go and nothing completed.
  8. The rules are simple:
    • You need three boxes. One is labeled to sell or donate, one for keep (and belongs in a different room) and the last one is for garbage.
    • If it is outdated, stinky, falling apart, missing pieces, collecting dust way back someplace with the spiders or just plain ugly get rid of it.
    • If it doesn’t fit or you haven’t worn it in over a year it’s time to say goodbye. 
    • If you have more than one, how many do you need? Get rid of the duplicates!
  9. Deal with it as it comes in the door. A good example would be your mail. Open it asap. Throw all unnecessary paper/envelops in recycling and put the needed paperwork where it belongs.
  10. Make decluttering a part of your daily routine. If you’ve decided to get rid of something so you can bring a new one in, then do it right away before you forget or change your mind.
I don't want to freak you out but you do know what's next right? 

Organizing. Everything has a place and everything in it's place. 

Once you start organizing you will see if you decluttered enough.


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