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It’s Decluttering Time!!!

After getting our house ready last week for my son’s graduation open house, I realized just how much “stuff” we have in our home that we never use.  Do you know what that means??  It’s decluttering time!!

 

To me, physical clutter causes mental clutter.  It’s super distracting to me and stresses me out.  It’s not good for us to feel that way.  So, why do we hold on to things?  There are a couple different reasons that come to mind off the top of my head.

  1. We hold on to things based on hope.  You know those skinny jeans in your closet that you’re holding on to for when you lose those 30 lbs?  Now, every time you go into your closet and see those jeans they cause you to feel guilt and shame because you haven’t lost the weight yet.
  2. We rationalize that we might need the item some day. This is a big one for me.  I have so many things that I’ve been hanging on to “just in case” I might need to use them down the road.  If I haven’t used it in 10 years, what makes me think that I’m going to need it now?

But, where do you even start?  One suggestion is to think of a goal want to achieve and come up with action steps you can take to get you closer to that goal.  For example, maybe you want to start exercising and lose weight.  Start with the area where you’re planning to do your workouts.  If that space is cluttered with toys or what have you and there’s not room to work out, then you won’t do it.  Perhaps that’s the place you should start.  You’ll be much more motivated and excited to exercise when you have a designated spot to do it.

Perhaps the next spot is to organize your fridge.  Go through each item and ask if that particular food will help you lose weight.  If it’s not feasible to get rid of all of those items, then at least clear a drawer or shelf where you can put your healthy food options.

Decluttering may seem like a huge job that you’ll never get done with. The key is to just get started.  Get rid of one thing at a time.  Keep only the items that bring something positive into your life.  When you’re trying to decide whether to keep or pitch and item, ask yourself the following questions:

  • Do I honestly need it?
  • Do I love it?
  • Does it have some sort of significance?
  • Does it serve a purpose?

These questions will at least get you on your way to a clutter free home!

 

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