“Get rid of the trash to make room for the treasures. Let the things that are important take center stage.” —Peter Walsh
Everyone nowadays is talking about Minimalism. I think it is a great idea, to live with less and help save the environment and our wallets. But, we have all been living in a world where more is better and we have the closets and clutter to prove it. Below are 7 steps to help you jump start your decluttering so you can be on your way to your minimalist heaven.
1. Start easy with a clean sweep. Rather than attempting to declutter your home room-by-room, try going in “waves” instead. Grab a box and walk around your home room-by-room. Fill your box with anything you find that you no longer need. No hard decisions, just noticeable impact. Once completed, try a second wave. Be advised, it does get more difficult each time.
2. Find motivation with built-in deadlines. When we first began the process of minimizing our possessions, I did a lot of the work right after I came home from work and lost my motivation. I have to leave the at 6:30 to make it to my yoga class so that gave me just over an hour to get as much done as possible. I also found some extra motivation the night before garbage pick-up.
3. Donate more. If you don’t need the money, you can declutter your home much quicker by deciding just to donate everything. Selling items can slow down the process and add extra trouble to your efforts. If quick impact is more important to you, dropping a few boxes off at Goodwill is far more efficient.
4. Recruit some help. Contrary to what you may think, you don’t need to do all the work yourself. In fact, if you have a family, you’ve got extra help built right in. You might not be able to convince them to declutter an entire room with you all-day on Saturday, but you can surely find some creative opportunities for them to help. For example, ask everyone in your family to find four things from their room that can be donated. Try again in a few days. The work adds up quickly with 3+ people involved.
5. Temporary storage. It is easy to get hung up on hard-to-remove items. These vary from person-to-person, but common examples include sentimental items, books, kitchen gadgets, or toys. To keep from getting slowed down by these things, try an middle step of packing a box, labeling it with a date, and storing it out of sight in a spare bedroom or garage. It will be easier emotionally. Six months later, revisit the box. You will be surprised how much easier it is to part with these items after not seeing them for six months.
6. Tell a friend and invite them over. Telling others about your decision to declutter/minimize is an important step. Sharing your desire brings accountability and forces you to articulate why you made the decision. To add extra urgency to your decluttering progress, invite your friend over for dinner or coffee. Give yourself a few days to prepare the house before their arrival. Trust me… you’ll find motivation real quick.
7. Don’t confuse intent with action. With all things in life, it is important to not confuse a desire to change with actual change. Thinking about decluttering or talking about decluttering won’t result in any positive benefits. These benefits can only be experienced when the excess clutter has been removed. Remind yourself today that talking about change is not the same as implementing change. And take one small step in the right direction because of it.
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Live with only what you love, I know it is easier said than done, but go on and give it all you got! Thanks for visiting our page - Cara
In the comments below let us know if you have any other helpful tips and which of these tips worked the best for you.