I love decluttering at this time of year. At least for me, it begins a long stretch of time off. So I’m able to be around my clutter and focus on getting rid of and organizing it.
Even if you just have a few extra days off, here are some comments from everyday people about what helps them declutter:
“Visiting someone’s house who is extremely over decorated or overcluttered and realizing I don’t want my home to be that way. Or looking around and realizing I don’t need xyz because I haven’t used those items in months (or years). Also moving to a (much!) smaller apartment helped me declutter at a fairly breakneck speed.” -Candace B.
“Keeping myself accountable motivates me – for any new ‘thing’ we donate 3 items, as an example. Also motivated by knowing cleaning and organizing becomes easier with less stuff.” -Jen A.
“All the money we’ve earned from selling stuff on eBay and Craigslist. Two 5-year-old laptops went for $450+ each. Collectibles, toys, baby gear…even $5 for something that’s taking up space is awesome. smile emoticon I also send clothes to ThredUP which gives me store credit to shop. Of course having a clean, uncluttered home is a good benefit too.” -Amber M.
“When I think about cleaning out my aunt’s house after her death. She was a hoarder. It was a very emotional time since we had no idea how advanced the hoarding was. Now the smallest sign of clutter makes me nuts.” -Sharon D.
“We got new floors installe in half of our house. I had to move everything in the bedrooms and most of the closets. I made a rule for myself that nothing went back into those rooms unless it was being put in its place. (A lot of things had been place haphazardly into closets before this.) I purged and sorted as I went. Once I was done with that half of the house, I just kept going. It felt so great to have things organized. Decluttering was a huge part of the process.” -Heather H.
“My wife and I are in process of getting certified to foster. We’ve decided it would be good if the kid had room to put their stuff.” -Dennis W.
I love hearing why people declutter. It reminds me how important it is and how it can affect so many areas of our lives.
Maybe you’re not planning a move, but you could plan to get new flooring in a room you’d like to have decluttered.
So many of these ideas aren’t big projects. They simply have to do with our thoughts. Imagine or remember a cluttered place you’ve seen, and use that to help you change your clutter before it gets that bad.
I hope these ideas help you get started because, once you do, then it just gets easier and better. So choose one idea to help you with whatever task you’re working on this week.
Wishing you a focused and productive decluttering season!