Do you ever feel overwhelmed and so scattered you cannot seem to start anything. We all have had those days. You know, those times when you’re feeling so flustered you just cannot get anything done, so instead you procrastinate and do nothing. It’s frustrating and can really make you feel off your game. So how do you change this habit and get your life back on track?
You guessed it, DECLUTTER YOUR LIFE!
Clutter can be many things in your life, clothes, paperwork, chores, house supplies, etc. You get the picture, if it’s CLUTTER, it’s added stress to your life. So how do you declutter your life and gain peace and productivity?
Easy, let me show you how.
Declutter Your Home for Improved stress.
You’d be surprised how much unnecessary stuff we hold on to in our homes.
I’m going to show you how to declutter your home in 8 easy steps to help decrease your stress and chores at home. You will thank me later when you have your weekends back and no longer spend them cleaning and doing chores all day!
Let’s get started!
Make a list of items that cause you stress in your home
Start going through the list and purging items one week at a time
The goal is to take it slow so that you do not add more stress to your situation. Select one item from the list and start purging items from that category for the week.
Here’s a weekly guideline to follow to declutter your home in a stress-free way:
Week 1- Clothes.
Go through all clothes and start picking out items that can be donated or given away. Place items aside to make sure they are not used in the next 30 days, then donate them after that. This is a helpful little trick to make sure you do not toss anything that you might need. This will also prevent you from re-spending money on items you already had.
Week 2 – Knick-knacks
Go through all knick-knacks on counters and dressers and start purging unnecessary items. If it doesn’t serve a purpose, then toss it.
Week 3 – Kitchen utensils
Go through all kitchen cabinets and drawers and donate any duplicate items or unnecessary items. I mean do you really need 2 sets of measuring cups or 3 whisks? I don’t know maybe you do if you are a chef, but for most of us that would just be unnecessary clutter. AKA- toss it!
Week 4 – Utility closets
Go through all cleaning and utility closets and toss any expired cleaning supplies and ditch any items you never use. For example if you have 3 brooms and 2 mops, are all those necessary? If you only use one, then just keep the one.
Week 5 – Bedrooms
Go through all the bedroom and offices in the house and start removing unnecessary items that are not serving a purpose in the room. For instance, do you have a bunch of bookshelves that are just collecting dust and holding knick-knacks? If so, do you really need those? If the answer is no, then donate my friend.
Week 6 – Living room
Declutter that living room! Do you have 3 different seating options that are NEVER used? If so, remove them. If it is not being used it is CLUTTER. Same goes for tables, shelves, ottomans, tv trays, etc. If the item is never used then it is probably not a necessity in the room and can be donated to someone in need. This will give you less clutter and less things to clean and keep up with.
Week 7 – Bathrooms
Are you a bath product collector? You know, the person with 20 different brands of lotions, hair supplies, and bath bombs? If so, then you guessed it. Toss them! Set aside the items that you use every day and are a must for your hygiene routine and everything else that you are holding on to for a rainy day, toss! Be honest with yourself here. Will you ever really use that bath and body works fruity lotion you got for Christmas 1 year ago…? Lol, probably not, so part ways NOW!
This method also goes for make-up! Do not hold on to old expired make-up or unnecessary make-up. If you know you will never wear eyeshadow (that’s totally me), then why do you even have it!? Give it to someone else or toss it. Same goes for lipsticks. Do you have million different lipsticks? You know, from that one time you were feeling impulsive and got some crazy bright colors you would normally NEVER wear. If you did then it might be best to just cut your losses and get your bathroom space back.
Week 8 – Outdoor Spaces
Go through your patio and outdoor spaces (including garage) and start removing all the extra stuff that is not necessary. Think of essentials only here. How many chairs, tables, pool supplies do you need outside? Only hold on to the essentials that will be used most.
Don’t think about the “oh well if I ever decided to throw that party I’ve always wanted to throw I’ll need all these chairs” scenarios, because honestly if you ever do get around to throwing that party you can RENT them. Also if you know you throw party’s every weekend and need 20 chairs then go for it and keep them. The goal is to hold on to what you truly use and to be realistic with yourself and your needs.
As you can see that goal is to have a plan in place and to take it slow so that you do not overwhelm yourself by jumping from room to room and get distracted. Keep it simple and start with one thing and finish it before moving on to another. This is slower than multi-tasking but it makes you be more mindful and present in what you are doing so that the task will get completed.
One last tip of advice:
Do no hold on to items out of guilt. If an item is not serving you a purpose but you feel guilty about getting rid of it because it was a gift, then re-gift the item to someone who would care for it or donate it. There is nothing wrong with moving on from items that no longer serve a purpose in your life. Do not guilt trip yourself into holding on to unnecessary items. When we start doing this, the unnecessary items start to pile up and can become overwhelming and start causing unnecessary stress.
Also, if you are unsure if you should toss an item, hold on to it for 30 days. If you do not use the item within those 30 days, then you have your answer. It’s NOT A KEEPER! Donate those items that were never used within those 30 days.
So let’s recap, for you speed readers who like to skip to the end:
- Make a list of items that are causing you the most stress in your home.
- Follow the weekly schedule to methodically remove unnecessary clutter from your home.
- Focus on 1 task at a time so that each task is completed before moving on to the next task.
- Do not let guilt convince you to keep an item you do not need.
- Hold on to items you are unsure about donating for 30 days to make sure you do not toss something you need.
- Finally, GO DONATE ALL THAT CLUTTER!