Whoa, an entire year has gone by and I’ve tossed away, maybe two things that I don’t need. The rest has been piling up in my closets and junk drawers and sadly it’s made me a little dysfunctional when it comes to being productive. (Blank stare) Have you ever felt like that? You’ve just racked up way too much stuff and now it’s time to get rid of a lot of it! If that’s you, this post is for you, girlfriend. It’s time to put the phrase “New Year, New You” to your home and add a “New Home” to it.
I decided it was time to break free from the clutter and stay that way all year. We will keep things simple because the thought of decluttering anything in your home can make you feel overwhelmed. I will chat about the benefits and steps to creating a clutter-free home. Are you ready? Let’s go, girl!
Why is decluttering your home important?
Let’s face it, a home full of mess every way you turn would make anyone stressed and you wouldn’t want to invite your friends over too often. You will get frustrated by not being able to what you need because your junk drawer is a junky disaster. At least that’s how I felt when I went to hunt for a pair of scissors last week.
Reasons to declutter:
- It increases your productivity
- Lowers your stress hormone level
- Supports your future self
- Helps give you mental clarity which also improves your health
- Makes you more aware of your spending habits
- Positive vibes in your home. Better environment.
- It’s a good way to practice self-care
- And livingnaturaltoday.com says that cleaning up your clutter can help you become calmer, focused, happier and healthier person.
If you want to maintain your sanity, keep your home free of clutter as best you can.
Before you declutter, do this…
Think about what you want and set goals for how you want your home to look. Get inspiration from Pinterest or home decor sites like liveyourstyle.com. Take a before pic of each room and see what needs to go or stay.
Declutter your mind! Get clear on why you’re doing this. Ask yourself questions like why do you keep accumulating more stuff? For me, it’s impulse shopping so I know that’s something I need to work on! Figure out how to stop bringing unnecessary things into your home. If shopping makes you happy only when you’re sad, it might be time to go on a personal development journey! Shopping can be fun but it shouldn’t be a way to escape your true emotions.
You can learn to be happy and fulfilled without buying extra stuff. I’m still learning!
Take baby steps! If you get overwhelmed easily, you could try tackling one room at a time and get your family involved. Or challenge yourself, if you’re bold, and do a 30 day declutter challenge. Here’s a great one I found at listobsessed.com.
Prepare for the big day. When looking at your room (or a pic of your room), determine if you will need storage containers to put away things you want to keep or bags for donations. What days do you want to declutter your closet, kitchen, bathroom or garage… put those dates into your planner! You will also want to prepare your family ahead of time! Let your family know how it will go and the goal you’re trying to achieve.
Now you’re ready to get started!
How to declutter your home?
So you’ve decided which room you want to start with first and taken all the baby steps. Take a deep breath, relax and make it fun by popping on your favorite music to get you going. Music always gets me moving and ready to get things done.
Use this checklist to help you declutter each room you work on. Set a timer on your phone for one hour and get to work. Whether you want to declutter one room or multiple rooms is totally your choice. Have fun!
Tips to remember:
If it’s broken or worn out, toss it.
If you haven’t used it within three to six months, it’s time to donate it!
Ask yourself why are you holding on to it and can you release or give it a better home.
How do I keep my house clutter-free?
I think being visual is best so I’m sharing a quick video with you on the decluttering process from one of my favorite Youtubers! Watch it here…
This can either be easy or hard depending on how you look at it. I believe if your mind is clutter-free, your house will be as well. First keep your headspace clear by always keeping a notepad with you to record your thoughts, feelings, and plans.
Learn to live within your means! Impulse spending can lead to becoming a hoarder of things you don’t need or love and it could make you go outside of your spending budget. And nobody likes to see more month than money. If these new(future) purchases don’t support your future self, skip it or wait three days to give it some thought first. Ask yourself this before purchasing…
- Will this (whatever it is) help me get closer to achieving my goals?
- Do I love this?
- Does it bring me joy or happiness daily?
- If I were feeling no guilt, would I still keep it?
- Is this going to take up too much space or can I do without?
Create the habit of purging often and put your declutter days into your planner. You can purge as often as every week, monthly, quarterly or even yearly. You choose! Just be consistent with it.
Think bins and baskets! These are a good way to organize your storage and put things back in its place. I love the under bed storage container I’m currently using to hide my clothes and pants. It’s so convenient because our bedroom is a little small.
Finally, enjoy life’s experiences so you’ll focus less on things and more on making memories. Soaking in the moments when you’re on family trips or fun outings can be so rewarding but you don’t have to bring home a ton of stuff that will only take up space in your home.
These few tips have helped me start the process of decluttering my home and I plan to keep it that way. Plan first, take baby steps and get to work! You can declutter at your own pace. Remember to use the checklist as a reference while decluttering your home. I hope these help you tidy up your home and Pinterest photo-worthy.