Time to Declutter

It's January! It's the season of goals, resolutions, words of the year, and declutter! 

Stores like Target (my fave!) have cleared out the holiday goodies and made storage bins, organizing supplies, and cleaning products front and center in the store. I’m not gonna lie...I SUPER love organization products!

I love the products, but I don’t necessarily love the cleaning or the organizing part.

There’s a difference between clean and clutter free. Clutter is the STUFF we hold onto that no longer serves us and often doesn’t even have a proper home within our homes.

I’m SO NOT perfect with keeping my house clutter free. I am typically an “out of sight, out of mind” person, which means I like to keep things out where I can see them on shelves and in baskets. If it’s behind a cabinet door, I’m likely to forget I own it.

I’ve also noticed I have a lot of similar items in various places. For instance, markers and crayons. Why do I still have so many of these? My kids are teenagers!

There are LOTS of books throughout the house. Some I’ve read and many I might never get to.

My kitchen and the extra pantry are full of serving dishes for entertaining. I can’t tell you the last time we had anyone besides family over for dinner!

Can you relate? Please tell me I’m not alone in this!

Do you like to keep things out where you can see them, or are you the type that’s afraid to open the closet door for fear that everything will topple onto your head?

Enough is enough. It’s time to clear the clutter!

I have a plan to do a whole house declutter this year! I’m sharing this with you because I want accountability, and I want you to know, if you’re like me, you’re not alone.

Clutter accumulates so easily, and it’s important to take care of it periodically.

You see, all this stuff has an energy that comes with it. Here’s what I mean:

Seeing clothes that no longer fit in the closet everyday has the potential to make us feel bad that our bodies have changed or we didn’t lose the weight.

Seeing magazines we haven’t read can make us feel like we’ve wasted money. It’s one more reminder that you didn’t get to something you wanted to do.

It’s the same with craft supplies. It’s easy to get sidetracked from a project. Seeing unused or half used supplies (even neatly stored items) can have you beating yourself up for not ever finishing your project or remind you that you generally have trouble following through with things.

The stuff we intended to be something positive in our life can easily become negative if we continue to hold onto the things that no longer serve us. Too much stuff can hold us back by keeping us in a feeling crappy with a negative mindset.

Here’s how I’m tackling my massive decluttering project this year…

I made a plan...

I used these project planning sheets to make an individual plan for each room. Each room will be it’s own project. I broke each one down into the teeniest, tiniest tasks so it’s easy for me to make progress a little at a time.

The thought of tackling the kitchen in one big span of time seems totally overwhelming to me. But planning to clean out the three drawers to the left of the sink seems so much more doable. It wouldn’t even take that long.

Little by little progress adds up to big success!

I’m drawing inspiration from these two books…

I love Marie Kondo’s book, The Life Changing Magic of Tidying Up. Though I love her book, I probably wont follow it exactly. I will, however, use her guiding principle of only keeping things that spark joy.

I’m excited about the day that I can walk into any room in my house and only be surrounded by things I love and spark joy instead of looking around at all the stuff that needs to be put away or needs my attention.

Another book I’m enjoying right now is, A Simplified Life by Emily Ley. This book is all about life not being complicated and simplifying areas of our life as a whole, not just our homes.

I can’t wait to dive in and see what she has to say about simplifying technology! It will feel so good to have a plan to declutter my digital life, too!

A neat and tidy space feels freeing to me. And I totally subscribe to the idea that there’s nothing magical about January 1st.

Whether you start now or in three months, it’s always a good idea to declutter and let go of the things you’re not using and no longer serve you so you can free your mind from the negative thoughts that comes along with what your stuff represents.

A free mind can be more creative, so you can dream bigger and actually see HOW to make those dreams happen.

A free mind is energizing! Getting rid of the draining mental energy of clutter can give you so much more energy to make the things that matter most to you happen.

More creativity and more energy will get you where you want to go even faster. I promise.

How about you? Do you need to declutter any of your spaces?

Join me in my Facebook group and share which room is the biggest clutter problem for you and your progress on tidying up. OR if you have it all under control, let us know that, too! We’d love to learn what works best for you!

I can’t wait to see you there!

 

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