It’s that time of year again where the flowers are blooming, the sun is shining and for some of us temperatures already feel like mid-summer (Welcome to Queensland). It just gives you the inspiration to declutter your home.
Over the years, I have made a lot of decluttering mistakes that have seen me fail at the task. But never fear, I am here to share them with you so you can win at decluttering from the beginning.
- Don’t Tackle it all at once
The number of times I have gotten about halfway through the decluttering process and then piked out is simply uncountable – just ask my mother. Growing up, I would think to myself, “I am going to clean out my whole room today”. Now a room might not sound like that much, but when your whole life essentially exists in that room, it may as well be a whole house. Over the last few years, I have learned to tackle bits at a time. Whether you want to divide it up Marie Kondo style or simply by section of the room or house, make sure you don’t overcommit – because if you are anything like me, you will underdeliver.
- Push yourself to get rid of the junk, but take it easy on the sentimental items
Each time I have decluttered, I have been able to let go of more and more items. If something is important to you, it’s okay to hold on to it – just make sure you evaluate those items every time you do a cleanout – your taste, and your feelings will change with time.
- Take the stuff out of the house as quickly as possible
Some items from my first declutter sat in my garage long after I claimed to be rid of them, and by the time that I got around to doing my next declutter, I felt I needed to look through it again, just to be sure. When I did go through them again – I didn’t keep a thing. Getting the stuff out of the house as quickly as possible means you can’t go back on your choices.
- Only declutter your stuff
It is so easy to ask someone else to help you declutter, but this really is a solo activity. If you don’t make the choice yourself, not only are you more likely to regret the decision, you might resent the person helping you, for that decision.
These are the things that help me when I declutter. What helps you declutter? I would love to hear about it in the comments below!