In case you missed my post last week about my word of the year, I’ll summarize (though it’s worth the read and you should check it out after you’re done reading this one :)). I’ve decided to be very intentional about how I spend my time. We all get 24 hours every day, I want to be the one to decide how I spend mine. And one of the ways I know I don’t want to spend it is by cleaning up my house all the time.
Are you with me so far? Especially after the chaos of the holidays, that can be one daunting task. One of the best ways I’ve discovered to avoid having to clean all of our stuff all the time is by simply having less stuff. And so project declutter my life began.
If you’re just embarking on this journey, I’ve got some tips for how to begin here. I’ve also got a free decluttering pack you can download and use to help you while you work. It includes a list of questions to ask yourself while you declutter and a cheat sheet to help you when you get stuck.
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So, it all sounds great, right? But here’s the problem. When I first began (and heck, sometimes I even still catch myself saying this), I felt like I just didn’t have time to declutter. Big projects were overwhelming and I felt like, if I couldn’t do this thing all the way, why bother doing it at all? I wanted to do it, I just didn’t have time.
But that mindset is what holds us back. If you really want to embrace a large project like decluttering your home, you need to let go of those “perfect condition” ideas you think you need to have in order to take it on. Because in reality, it’s just a form of procrastination. There is always going to be some reason not to do it if you look hard enough. Instead you need to adopt the idea of progress, not perfection. Decluttering, whether a tiny part of a drawer or an entire room, is still decluttering, and at the end of the day, you still wind up with less of what you don’t want (stuff you don’t need/want/use) and more of what you do (space, freedom, time, peace).
If you’re struggling with getting started on a decluttering project because you don’t feel like you have the time to do it, here are my best tips: