The idea of living an uncluttered life with less stuff sounds attractive to all. The considered benefits of owning fewer things, less debt, less to clean, less stress, less to organize and more money and energy for their greatest passions. Decluttering journey doesn’t need to be as painful as some make out. In fact, here are some creative ways to get you started.
Have some conversations with everyone in your house about your plans and intentions. Do not point the finger or even play the blame game because that will never motivate them. Just give examples of what you are doing that causes clutter frustrations in your day and then let them follow. If they don’t follow right away that’s fine they will eventually follow your lead.
Start with your landing place.
Knowing where your clutter will end up is a big part of the plan. If you’re tossing quite a bit of stuff, you may want to rent a skip. You need to make sure that your rubbish and recycling bins are empty and ready to go. Make sure that you also have a clean landing spot in your garage or a place in your home, that way you will encourage yourself to keep it neat and ready to sell.
Make a plan that works with your schedule.
You can create a printable decluttering calendars for some months, for you to write which areas or rooms you plan to declutter and when. Work you decluttering around busy times, vacations and holidays. If you plan to have a yard sale, you may declutter rooms with the highest chance for saleable items first. (Kids closets, playroom, garage) and save the rooms that most likely to produce trash for last.
Include some help
You don’t need to do all the work by yourself. In fact, with your friends and family, you can get extra help built right in. You might not convince them to declutter an entire room with you all day, but you can surely find a creative opportunity for them to help.
Find freedom in temporary storage
There are a lot of people that get hung up on hard to remove items. These vary from a person to another person, common examples include books, sentimental items, toys or kitchen gadgets. Try an intermediate step of packing your box, labelling with a date and storing it out of your sight. And it will be easier emotionally.