Day 3: Declutter Your Life 

Clutter clearing is modern-day alchemy. 
-Denise Linn

Clutter can take shape in different forms, mentally or physically. Thankfully, there is a way to find a sense of calm in any type of chaos; getting back to basics.


Step 1: Know your why

Knowing why you want to declutter gives you a sense of purpose. Whether the reason behind your clutter clearing is for feng shui, mental health, or even entertainment, there is no better time like the present.

Step 2: Be clear on your mission and start with the simple stuff

Decluttering is letting go of the stuff you no longer need, not as an organizational mission. Release it if it does not add joy or value to your life. Start with simple knick-knacks like items in junk drawers or clothes that don’t fit. Getting rid of the easy stuff will inspire you to move on to more difficult items.

Step 3: Think outside the box

If you are holding on to duplicate items because you keep thinking “what if,” instead, think of all the positive effects that might occur when you do let that item go. It just might be the missing link someone else needs. For example: if you have an overabundance of utensils, placemats, and linen, keep what you need and consider donating the rest.

Step 4: Celebrate your accomplishment

At last, you’ve gotten back to basics and have decluttered an area of your life; celebrate that milestone. Whatever celebration looks like for you; if it’s having a small get together or relaxing with some music, celebrate in a way that resonates with you.

A four-step process towards living a clutter-free life

There are different ways clutter can form, mentally or physically. You might desperately be searching for an answer to the extensive overwhelming stuff you have lying around in plain view or hiding.

 Thankfully, there is a way to find a sense of calm in any chaos; getting back to basics. Below is a four-step process towards a clutter-free life.

“Clutter clearing is modern day alchemy.” -Denise Linn

Step1: Knowing your “why” for a sense of purpose

For me, an uncluttered environment gives me a sense of “serenity.” Knowing why you want to declutter gives you a sense of purpose. Your “why” can offer the drive necessary to stay on course.

 Whether the reason behind your clutter clearing is for Feng Shui, your mental wellbeing, or to hold occasional entertainment, there is no better time like the present to being the decluttering process.

Would you rather have more to clean or less? Removing the unnecessary stuff around your home will lighten up your cleaning routine. Now, who wouldn’t want an easier way to clean up? Piggybacking off my last statement of having less to clean, there will be fewer things to organize. Just think, you’ll be able to move around your home with ease, instead of walking sideways around everything that is piled up.

So what is your “why?”- As I mentioned earlier, my “why” for having a clutter-free surrounding is “serenity.” being in the midst of clutter adds unnecessary stress, so I opt for clean and organized environments.

 “Clutter is nothing more than postponed decisions” -Barbara Hemphill

Step2: Be clear on your mission: start with simple stuff & move to more difficult items

Decluttering is more letting go of the stuff you no longer need, not so much an organizational mission. So, how do you start this mind-boggling step? Simple, don’t let the amount of stuff you have outweigh the size of the home. For someone new to the whole idea of decluttering, I suggest starting slowly, then build up momentum…five minutes a day clears the clutter away!

Release it if it does not add joy or value to your life. If you have items “jus ’cause,” consider a “just cause” for letting them go. Simple knick-knacks such as items in junk drawers are a great place to begin your decluttering mission. These items are the easiest to consider giving up because they have been tucked away and haven’t been used in quite some time.

Clothes that don’t fit are another easy target; they no longer serve a purpose, so let them go! Another to consider is outdated decorations that have no business taking up space, and from the year, when? Getting rid of the easy stuff will inspire you to move on to more difficult items.

You’ve mastered the art of clearing out the simple stuff, now -Onward!

Step3: Think outside the box and release more difficult items

Without realizing it, stuff has a magical way of adding up. This is why you need to be present in every moment. If you are holding on to duplicate items because you keep thinking “what if,” instead, think of all the positive effects that might occur when you do let that item go. It just might be the missing link someone else needs. For example: if you have an overabundance of utensils, placemats, and linen, keep what you need and consider donating the rest.

Donating is a great way to clear the clutter on a regular basis. So, instead of having things pile up around your home, have a box dedicated to donating. Making donations frequently will ensure you keep your space clutter-free!

Side note: I know it is tempting, but the space in your garage is for your car, not for storing unnecessary items that will collect dust or just become an eyesore. Take a step back and look at this part of your home and decide what needs to go. Discipline yourself to keep that area dedicated to your vehicle. The same logic can be used with your basement and attic.

Now moving on, this key factor to staying clear from clutter is one of my all-time favorites: having a dedicated space for everything inside your home and learning to put things away when finished using them. Immediately cleaning up after yourself will eliminate the chance of things just piling up.  

Oh, one last thing; consider taking before and after photos to see how great your home looks, free from clutter. All you need to do to start is: choose a small section of your home and take a snapshot. Clear all the stuff that was taken in the first photo and take another picture. Do you see the possibilities? I sure do! Now, try another area…

Step4: Celebrate your accomplishments and forgive your missteps

It would be wonderful to get something down-packed on the first try and never have to worry about mistakes. That is not how things typically go.

If at first, you don’t succeed in the goals you have set for yourself, Remember, everything you’ve learned here is a process. 

 If you find yourself backsliding to your clutter-filled ways, don’t panic. Just take a step back and put in play everything you’ve learned here and remember: “baby steps.” Everyone has their topsy-turvy moment, forgive yourself and carry on…and most importantly, remember:

“No one is perfect; that’s why pencils have erasers.” -Wolfgang Riebe  

Yes! You’ve taken the necessary steps to get to this point. Take a bow, pat yourself on the back, do a curtsey, go ahead, give yourself permission to raise the roof!…

…At last, you’ve gotten back to basics and have decluttered an area of your life; celebrate that milestone. Whatever celebration looks like for you. If it’s having a small get-together or relaxing with some music, celebrate in a way that resonates with you. Just remember to clean up after the celebration;)

“Remember to celebrate milestones as you prepare for the road ahead.” -Nelson Mandela

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