Take These 3 Steps to Start Decluttering Now

Hello? Can you hear me through the pile of plastic that has become my family room?

In the throes of pregnancy nesting, I wrote a few posts last year on the topic of purging. And now, seven and a half months after having the baby, I’m headed back in the direction of the big “D”–decluttering.

To me, the process of purging is almost spiritual. The more items I do away with (through donating or throwing away), the lighter my spirit feels, and the easier I feel I can get through my daily routines.

Now the urge to purge is hitting again. It has something to do with, no doubt, the accumulation of crap that piles up over the holiday season. Suddenly, I’m feeling very buried in… what’s the word I’m looking for?… Oh yes. SHIT.

So back I went to some advice from the incredibly talented Jennifer Pape, from Extra Organized in Orlando, to re-inspire myself to declutter and organize.

I hope you find these tips just as helpful as I did!

Let’s make 2018 the year of LESS CRAP, people! Who’s with me?!

1 – Start small.

Some organizing experts will tell you to purge and organize all in one day. While this sounds like nothing short of a fantasy to me (a WHOLE DAY to myself to reassess and purge?!), this isn’t realistic for many people.

Here’s what Jennifer has to say:

“The easiest place to start in our homes is our own closets, usually because it is your own area that is usually not shared with the rest of the family. Although this might be a big job, it’s often the foundation of our morning and evening routines. Putting your closet in order will make you feel wonderful and set you on the right start to tackle the rest of the home.”

So yes, start small, like in your closet. First tackle the hanging items, then the folded ones, then the shoes. Make it your goal to get through the closet in one sitting, and then choose your next spot. The family room? The kids’ play area? The kitchen? Any order works; it’s your call.

2 – Find a mantra, and stick with it.

It can get surprisingly hard to let go of some objects; therefore you’ll need something to repeat to yourself to remind you of your goal, and why you’re doing what you’re doing.

Here are some of Jennifer’s favorites:

“Less stuff, Less stress. Love it or Lose it. A Home for Everything.”

3 – Play a little game.

Jennifer has an awesome suggestion for people who are hesitant to let go of any items:

“Play the box it up game. Box up the things that don’t work for you right now or doesn’t meet the criteria from the questions.

Put them in the garage or out of your current space. See how that feels. If you find you need an item, you can retrieve it from the box. See what you’ve actually used in 3-4 months and then see if you are ready to let it go.

Not donating everything right away helps many people deal with the stress and guilt of letting go. Once you’ve had a chance to see how it feels to live in a less stuffed way, often people feel much more validated donating at that point.”

And keep this great basic info in mind from Jennifer too:

“Why get organized? PIES: You will be Physically, Intellectually, Emotionally and Spiritually better off by claiming your things and space back from disorder. It helps you become the best version of yourself.”

Happy decluttering, friends!

Have any tips for making your home a little less cluttered? I’d love to hear more in Comments below!

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