Do you find yourself feeling overwhelmed in your home; has your safe and peaceful place become your private hell? Do you find yourself easily distracted and unable to focus or is restful sleep eluding you? As humans, we accumulate things, many things, too many things over time and these very same items that may have once brought joy into your life are now causing distress. It’s time to get serious about decluttering. Parting with once prized possessions can be very stressful for some people but once they understand that clutter is a cause of stress and can negatively impact mental health it does become easier to take steps to eliminate the clutter.
Think about what will work best for you. For some people a weekend focused entirely on decluttering is a challenge they’ll happily rise to, for others 4 hours a day for a month could be a better option, keep in mind this method will take more time to get it all done but you will eventually get there. If you don’t have the time and want it done ASAP consider contacting a professional who can make this process a joyful breeze. Are you really going to be able to conquer the clutter in an entire house? A room-by-room strategy we find works best. In fact, it’s best to plan to spend a few hours at a time organizing and decluttering this way you don’t burnout and your motivation will remain charged. Be honest with yourself and set achievable and realistic goals.
Decluttering: Pitfall Warning
It’s all too easy and enticing to head out and buy lots of containers and storage bins thinking that they will motivate you to get down to the business of decluttering – DON’T DO IT! Pick up free boxes to use while you sort but save the bin shopping until you know exactly what you need otherwise you may be stuck with bins that don’t work in your space and add to the clutter. A helpful tip, stay away from coloured bins, use clear bin where possible.
Decluttering: Complete the Task at Hand
Once you have created a plan and have your goals fresh in mind, dive into the clutter and begin sorting. Complete one task before moving onto another. For instance, start by grabbing a garbage bag and take out all the obvious garbage in the room you are starting with, remove all garbage before starting to organize remaining items. Completing one task before you start another will help you to feel like you are making progress and will keep you on track.