Do you ever feel overwhelmed when you think about decluttering your home? Maybe you don't know where to start because there are so many places in your home that need your help?
I have felt the same way, so many times! I was often afraid it would take forever to get it all done, so I didn't even start.
If you have been wanting to freshen up your home for spring, I know it's tempting to try to sneak past all that clutter and bring in new things to distract you. But if you deal with the clutter first, you'll feel so much better.
Then, you'll be able to get rid of the wince...
Decluttering Tips for Getting Started
If you're ready to get started, here are some easy decluttering tips you can use today, to start decluttering your home without feeling overwhelmed.
Start with the room you most want to clear. I recommend choosing your favorite room or the one you'll enjoy most once the clutter is gone.) Put an empty box in that room, within easy reach.
(1) Look around the room at everything there - every clutter spot, every pile or stack - and ask this question: is it living in the right room?
If it really belongs somewhere else, whether you know where its real home is, or not, put it in the box and keep doing that until all that's left in the room, belongs there.
Now, take that box and remove everything you know has a specific home somewhere else in your house or apartment. It wandered in by accident and now needs your escort back to its true home.
After that, what's left in the box will be things that don't have a home. This is decision-making time.
(2) Will it stay or should it go?
It's already taken care of, in what could become a donation box. If you kept it in the box, you'd be done with your clutter-clearing for that room.
Think ahead to quick and easy decluttering your home, room by room, without overwhelm. By leaving as much as you can in the box.
I know that's the hard part, though.
Here is the best reason for keeping something that is still in that box: you know you need it & will have to buy another one in the future if that one is tossed out. Not I might need it someday but "what will I do next week when I need it again?"
If you don't even remember buying it, or you know in your heart you don't need it, get rid of it. It's not your friend.
And it's in the way of the decluttering you finally feel ready to tackle. Never waste a decluttering moment!
But what about gifts or meaningful moments from the past? You don't love it but it holds emotion from the giver or from your history.
I encourage you to take a picture of it for your memory book, but don't keep it.
I promise that looking at it there will be just as meaningful. Plus, you get the relief of not having to find a place for it anymore.
But if you just aren't ready to let go of some of those things you found lying around, create another box for temporary storage. It still needs to leave the house, but could live for a while in the garage or storage unit where so many things go to die.
These two decluttering tips (and that get out of jail free card) are an easy way to get started with decluttering your home. Hopefully, without the overwhelm you usually feel.
But we're not done yet. I've got decluttering homework for you...
Take the decluttering challenge & start clearing clutter somewhere in your home today. Even if it's just one item, moved to a new and better home.
You'll get a decluttering tips checklist for clearing clutter without overwhelm and access to Dana White's challenge. She's a blogger, author and decluttering expert whose wisdom I am excited to share with you.
She's offering a 15-minute video where she will show you how to declutter your craziest space, plus you get free printable decluttering worksheets you can use for every room in your home.
Get started by clicking the highlighted link or the image above, and then, share your progress with a whole bunch of ambitious declutterers. We'll be using the hashtag: #tackleyourscariestspace.
After you sign up, tell me in a comment: where in your home does clutter bother you most?
See you tomorrow!
Don't forget to sign up for the decluttering challenge, so you can start today, to declutter your home without overwhelm.
It's Easter Monday and today, we're exploring a faith book about how to handle doubt as a woman of faith...
Doubt like Thomas's can be a positive thing, especially if it brings us closer to God. Doubt can help shape our faith. - Sheryl Giesbrecht Turner
I think what I love most about this book is her effort to normalize doubt, as part of the Christian experience.
I used to feel guilty about my own doubt, seeing it as a flaw and a weakness. I thought that if I were a better Christian, I would have certainty, instead.
But in the book, the author suggests that doubt can actually help us create a closer relationship with God. That it can become a passageway both to deeper trust and to certainty.
I invite you to grow comfortable with doubting.