This article contains my top decluttering tips for beginners. Decluttering your home can be a pretty monumental task. Nothing can be more frightening than the thought of going through every one of your things and deciding whether to keep or remove them. When faced with your home and all the drawers and closets and cabinets and shelves ….sometimes it is easier to turn a blind eye, close the door, and just continue on with your day.
It is my goal to help anyone who wants to remove the excess so they can live a peaceful satisfying life without the noise or the chaos.
I am also aware that the getting started part can be half the battle. That is why I created the Decluttering Calendar. This calendar will give you simple actionable tasks that you can complete in 10 minutes or less. Even little steps can move a mountain when they are allowed to build on one another.
Now before we go any further I understand there are different levels of clutter and not every post will help you to make progress.
If you have your home pretty well cleaned out and you just need a little help with the finishing touches you can jump to this post and get started now!
The problem with decluttering or any cleaning task really is we tend to look at the whole picture. When you picture your entire home when you are getting ready to begin you can quickly lose any motivation and fast. You see, you are setting your sights too big. You are only picturing and planning for the finish line rather than the journey.
As you remove things slowly and intentionally you will, in turn, teach your mind to look at your things as just that.
You are going to work on this every single day. But it’s more than that. You are going to instead change your daily and weekly habits to incorporate decluttering and cleaning out into your schedule.
These things are NOT people we love. They are NOT friends we cherish They are NOT events in our lives.
Sure they may represent those things but they are not and never will be replacements for those things.
Decluttering Tips For Beginners. Tips you can use when you are stuck.
Step #1 Plan and Schedule
I want you to look at this as part of your daily routine. Eventually you will make this weekly but for now daily is how we are going to approach this. Remember we are training for a marathon and to do that we need to introduce things nice and slow.
As you begin to see how purging makes you feel. How it frees you from the stress that too much stuff naturally brings, you will, in turn, train your mind to WANT to remove the extra.
To start I want you to plan on spending just 20 minutes every single day working on your clutter. I even want you to take it one step further and put that 20 minutes onto your calendar.
Step #2 Get up and Get Going
Yep, it really is that simple. You need to get up off of your duff and get moving.
It’s just 20 minutes.
This is for your own happiness. It’s for your family’s happiness. And….it’s NOT GOING TO KILL YOU.
Get out of your head where you are surrounded by excuses and just get up and move.
Like cooking dinner, approach this task as something you MUST do in order to eat.
It is as simple as that.
Step #3 Set the Timer
I love a good motivator and a timer is just that. A motivator. Maybe not at first but as you begin to find your groove you will see that time ticking away is a great motivator and a perfect way to get more done faster.
That timer will force you to focus. To zero in on what needs to be done and work quickly at doing just that.
Getting it done.
I want you to set that timer and as soon as it begins to count down get busy. Get focused. Get to work
Do you need more than that? Okey dokey….here you go.
- Grab a bag or a box that you can fill in that time frame
- Start selecting things that you can easily and without emotion remove from your home.
- Move quickly choosing items walking randomly around the room.
- The object is to fill your box or your bag before the timer goes off. Don’t think. Just do.
- When the timer goes off take the box and put it right now into the trunk of your car.
- Next time you out drop all the items off to the donation center.
- Repeat this process every single day.
Step #4 Save the hard stuff for later
Sometimes there are items in those piles that have meaning. That bring with them a pleasant memory or is a reminder of a time you simply don’t want to forget.
Here is a little tip for you.
Save those items for later. They deserve your time and attention so if letting them go is not something you can deal with instantly set it aside to deal with it later.
This list is to help you GET STARTED. As you declutter and learn how to declutter you will train your mind to better handle those difficult items you have saved for later.
For now, just set those items off to the side and focus on the simple. The easy
Step #5 Declutter as you go
- When I dressed in the morning I took 20 seconds (yes I said seconds) to sort through my socks.
- As I put the dishes away I would remove excess Tupperware and mismatched containers without lids.
- When I cleaned up the bathroom I would remove torn sheets and pillowcases from the linen closet.
- As I picked up the kids toys I filled a bag of random toys at the bottom of the toybox that the kids hadn’t touched in a long while.
Step #6 Nothing comes in unless something goes out
If you go out shopping for new clothes then before those clothes can go into your closet you will need to remove the same amount of items and give them away.
If you purchase a new kitchen item you will need to remove an item from your drawer before you can put this new item in.
Did you buy new toys for your kiddos? Great! But first, you need to gather up the same amount and send them off to your donation of choice.
You see decluttering doesn’t mean giving your things to a stranger or throwing it away. It simply means removing those excess items from your home that you no longer use, love or need.
Once you remove all that extra the piles, the bags of things, the stacks of excess you will uncover something pretty amazing. You will begin to see all those things that truly give you joy. Those things that have been buried under the excess and the mess. Now you can enjoy all those items you truly love.
I cannot tell you how comforting it is to be in my home now. To be surrounded by those things that remind me of my family or special times. Those things were always there, they were just buried in a total mess. Now it’s your turn. To remove that mess and give those things that truly bring you joy out where you can give it the respect it deserves.
No more excuses my good friend. It’s time for get up and take that first step to a clean and decluttered home.