In part one we went over reclaiming your TIME, and how to step away from the disease of busyness. Today I want to talk about our physical spaces, and not only how they can eat our time, but also deplete our energy & mood.
This is the most common topic you hear about when people talk about minimalism & decluttering – keep in mind that while it is important, I like to compare it with building the foundation for your intentional life rather than BEING your intentional life. The end goal is to have a decluttered home, with only things that you love, that you can easily maintain. Not to become neurotic about decluttering every single week, and so focused on perfection that you can’t enjoy your life.
Decluttering your physical space has so many benefits. Less to clean, less to move around to clean your surfaces, less to pick up, a heck of a lot less to organise. More things that you love, more time, more money, more freedom. How would it feel to not be weighed down by so much stuff? To be able to easily find things, or put things away? To be able to pick up and clean your whole house in 30 minutes flat? It is possible!
Tip 1. Start by focusing on EASY areas – items that you are not emotionally attached to OR start with an area that you use frequently, like your fridge or pantry. Let go of expired food, broken things, things that don’t fit or that you no longer like. And this is a key point – start with your own areas! Don’t go straight to your children’s or partners things and start throwing things out! If you can declutter your own space first, it shows them the process, and the benefits of it, and removes the fear involved.
Tip 2. Ask these questions to declutter anything;
Do I love it? Do I use it? Is it in good condition? Would I be seen in public in it? Am I embarrassed to display this in our home?Does it suit our family & lifestyle? Does it fit? Why am I really keeping this?
Tip 3. Work room by room. Don’t try the shotgun scatter approach to decluttering. You will get frustrated when you can’t easily see your progress!
Tip 4. Keep the decluttered items moving. Do not leave them lurking in doorways or your garage. Inevitably the items will creep back into your home and un-do your hard work. Take them straight to the boot of your car, if you can’t take them straight to a donation bin.
Tip 5. The money has already been spent. Allie Cazazza says it well “The money wasn’t wasted when you donated it, but when you purchased it.” I reframe it in this way; if you aren’t using it, it is gradually deteriorating in your home AND taking up space and energy. By donating or selling it, someone can enjoy the product while it still has a purpose – before it becomes landfill!
Tip 6. Be really REALLY honest with yourself. What you keep should always be a HELL YES! not a “maybe?” A house filled with things you maybe like will not be a house that you want to clean and maintain and enjoy – it is just all make-do!
Tip 7. Decluttering is like a muscle. The more you do it, the stronger you get. I see it all the time in my 60 Day Decluttering Mastermind – at the start everyone is petrified that I am going to make them toss things out (I don’t!) and by the end they are rocking and rolling and clearing entire rooms in a couple of days!
I hope that you enjoyed these decluttering tips! If you want to become part of an amazing community focused on decluttering, intentional living and effortless home routines, come and join my Intentional Living Society! Doors open on the 24th of August!