Declutter Challenge: Getting Started
As we embark on our declutter photo challenge on social media, I thought I would share a few tips that help me when I’m going through a declutter session.
First off, I believe that a declutter session is whatever we make it. It can be as big or as little as you wish to undertake.
I’m not here to say that what works for me will work for everyone who reads this blog. I’m just saying that these are the things that have helped me. However, keep in mind, change won’t happen until you embrace it.
Decluttering Can Be Emotional
Through the messages that I have been receiving, I’m hearing a lot about people are feeling anxious or nervous about this challenge. Letting go of things we have become attached to is hard. Change is hard. It can be downright scary, but the first step toward this change and having a clutter free home is jumping right in. I struggled when I started getting my home clutter free, but now it feels empowering. And another thing, we are here to support each other. Reach out if you’re feeling scared, anxious, nervous.
If you have an item that has true sentimental value to you or great memories tied to and you have the space for it in your home, please keep it displayed in your home. It belongs there. However, if you are holding on to that sweater in your closet that was a gift and you’ll never wear it, donate it. There’s no need to hold on to things that have not true value in our homes.
Here’s a few things to consider when decluttering:
Do I love it, use it, will use or wear it within the next six months? If not, I’d say it’s safe to donate or pitch it.
Some people find it beneficial to change out their wardrobes with the seasons. This could be helpful to those of us who have smaller homes and closets. Consider paring down and keeping it simple.
Others find it helpful to keep a limit of the number of hangers in their closets. I like to have less than 50 hangers in mine and that’s for year round.
When you’re decluttering an area, set up four boxes. One filled with items to donate, one to sell, one to trash and one to keep.
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While doing a little bit of research on what some of the biggest stumbling blocks that come up while going through a declutter and organization session, I found these to be the top issues.
It was a gift, so I must keep it.
I totally understand not wanting to hurt someone’s feelings, but it’s important to separate our feelings from items. Does the item make you happy? Does it lead to clutter or hold does it have value in your home? If it doesn’t add value, get rid of it!
The price that I paid for that item was too high.
Money is tight for many of us and with the uncertainty of the economy, it is easy to want to save an item for someday. Remember this, someday may never come. That item may still be taking up valuable storage space in your home. Consider selling it on a local swap shop or garage sale and put the money from that item into a saving jar for a rainy day.
Probably one of the biggest themes that I have seen that holds many back from decluttering is the emotional connection that is attached to an item. This is why I saved the sentimental things for the last day. As I mentioned above, there is no need to get rid of an item that is truly special to you. If you have a place in your home for it, keep it! But, if you’ve grown emotionally attached to an item for any of the reasons that I just mentioned above, please consider getting rid of it
Handling the Overwhelm
Lastly, most of us feel overwhelmed and don’t know where to start when it comes to a declutter session. That is why I’ve created my declutter checklist. It’s broken down into 2 ½ weeks with different areas each day. This way it doesn’t become too overwhelming and is totally manageable!