6 Ideas to Motivate You to Declutter This Thanksgiving

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.

30 Day Challenge

 

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!

Inspiration for a Clutter-Free Thanksgiving

This week, I’ve asked what helps people in their decluttering endeavors. Here are some of their ideas that might inspire you this week.

  • “A new tequnique, gadget, storage container, etc.” -Tiffany S.
  • “I like to listen to a podcast or an audiobook whenever I do some deep cleaning/room rearranging. It keeps my mind occupied and makes me feel like I can work longer because it’s long-form content.” -Rachel R.
  • “I spend an hour decluttering/cleaning, then 20-30 minutes of a Netflix episode or reading a book.” -Charyse H.

 

I hope you can use one of these as inspiration to motivate you. Just don’t let any of these things get you sidetracked from the main thing of actually decluttering!

This post is part of a 30 Day Challenge, so the instructions for week 2 are below. If you’d like to get the email for week 3 in your inbox, be sure to sign up for the newsletter. I try to keep it simple and make it where you don’t have to be working on the same thing as everyone else in the challenge.

Week 2

This week I only have one suggestion, but it involves a couple of steps.

They say the definition of insanity is doing the same thing and expecting different results. So it’s time to try something new!

  1. Find an article about getting rid of clutter. Since there are some not-so-helpful tips out there, I’ll suggest a few sites that are great! Becoming Minimalist, Zen Habits, and A Slob Comes Clean.
  2. Choose one of their methods to try this week. Or try a capsule wardrobe. It’s amazing what a big different decluttering makes on your entire life! (Here’s another comment I got when I asked what inspires others to declutter: “Since I’ve been losing weight, each season I donate my loose clothes. I don’t want to see them again!” -Deborah S.)
  3. Actually give it a try! Aim to spend about 10 minutes a day on it this week. If you find that it isn’t working for you after a few days, try another one. It’s so easy to give up because one thing doesn’t work, but just keeping all the benefits in mind is a huge help in keeping me from giving up.

Until next week,

Happy Decluttering!

Clutter-Free by Thanksgiving 30 Day Challenge

30 Day Challenge

It’s that time of year again, and I’ve gotten requests for help with getting rid of clutter.

I do realize there are less than 30 days until Thanksgiving, but I thought you might also appreciate some motivation in the cleanup process afterwards in order to stay clutter-free for all the celebrations following Thanksgiving.

 

So here’s a quick overview of the plan for this week to give you some concrete steps to follow.

 

Week 1

1. Download the free KonMari App & use it as a guide for getting rid of clutter. (Only available on iPhones as of right now.) If you don’t have an iPhone, the KonMari Adventures FaceBook group is also inspiring.

2. Set up a storage bin of some sort with a trash bag to put all the stuff you’ll be getting rid of this month.

3. Try to spend at least 5 minutes a day getting rid of clutter (no more than 45 minutes a day unless you have someone helping you) and not just hiding or organizing it.

4. Start a chart to mark off each day that you get rid of something.

5. Find a friend or FaceBook group to share your progress with at the end of each week.

6. Join this newsletter to get next week’s challenge sent straight to your inbox.

7. Most of all, have fun! Decluttering doesn’t have to be dreadful. You can be creative, or you can keep it really simple. Whatever works for you, but just do something. As you work on it little by little, it will become less overwhelming.

 

I’d love to know if you’re taking the challenge! Shoot me an email to let me know you’re giving it a try this year. You can also tell me why it’s so important to you.

mcstarbuck {at} gmail {dot} com

I look forward to hearing from you!

 

Wishing you a clutter-free Thanksgiving,

 

Megan