Have you stood in your house, looking around, wishing a bulldozer was there to just push everything out the door?
Ever dreamed of a house fire? Then all the clutter would just burn up and you wouldn’t have to make any decisions about it, right?
I’ve wished for those things.
But just getting rid of clutter won’t solve the problem.
The issue is habits!
Habits that most clutter-collecting people struggle with:
- Listening to the all the advertisers.
- Thinking that I need more to be content.
- Avoiding housework (by crafting, shopping or surfing the internet, just to name a few).
How do we solve the problem? Change habits.
I know, that is no easy task! But here is a place to start:
12 decluttering tips to start your journey:
- Commit to getting rid of at least 20 things each day
- Tackle one small area at a time and work on it each day until it’s clean
- Set the timer and work for 10 minutes only in that small area
- When you have a full box or bag, take it directly to the car, so you can drop off at a charity
- When you have a full trash, take it to the garbage can or dumpster
- Clean your kitchen sink
- Do the dishes and wipe the sink clean before going to bed each night.
- Have an accountability partner. This can be a friend who wants to declutter as well, or you can share on the Nourishing Minimalism Facebook page, so others can cheer you on.
- If you avoid decluttering and housework, make sure you get rid of you 20 things before you sit down to craft, read or surf the internet
- Make it a rule that if you bring something home, something else has to leave. No more filling. One in, one out.
- Don’t shop. This doesn’t include groceries, I’m talking about recreational shopping. Find something else to do- walk, hike, bike, join a club, take lessons.
- Celebrate each accomplishment! Give yourself a pat on the back. This is hard work, acknowledge it.