Hello and welcome back to another Wild Wednesday! Today we are going to talk about clutter! Clutter is something that can be physical, digital and mental. When it comes to clutter, I am drowning in it!! To be more honest, I couldn’t figure out why I was so unhappy and always felt overwhelmed. Clutter can be visible and invisible causing you to feel anxiety. Although, I don’t have anxiety, it can sometimes be brought on temporarily , by all the clutter.
Clutter is an invisible trigger, because the person may not even be aware that their home is affecting them until it’s cleaned I’m constantly trying to clean, but never understood why I was still feeling overwhelmed and my house was still a cluttered mess!!! I later learned from the FlyLady that “you CANNOT clean clutter, you have to get rid of it!!” So I decided to do something about it! One of my favorite quotes is “If your are unhappy change something! Quite your job. Move. Leave your miserable relationship. Stop making excuses. YOU ARE IN CONTROL!!” Anonymous. Need I say more, lol!
5 Tips How to Declutter Your Home
- Start Small– if you are someone who get overwhelmed easily when there are a lot of stuff around, start small. Pick a corner, drawer or box in your home to start the declutter process and move on from there.
- Decide whether to keep, toss, or donate your things– as I mention above you can’t clean clutter you have to get rid of it and this is the step to help you do it. Ask yourself, Do you use it often? Does it make you happy? Is it special and have sentimental value? Do you have a clear purpose for it’s use?
- Does it have a home– the number one tip to having an organized home: Everything must have a place and everything must be in its place. If you find yourself trying to find a home for an item and can’t find one, your probably need to get rid of it.
- Plan your declutter sessions- decluttering can become overwhelming very fast, so plan your decluttering sessions. Make sure you have time to sort, throw away and put back items in there designated homes after your session.
- Keeping a home free of clutter is a routine not a one time event- this means being consistent with tossing papers into the recycle bin, choosing clothes that are already in your closet before buying new items or donating clothes that you don’t wear anymore. Remember to keep things organized takes practice and commitment.
31 Day Decluttering Challenge!!
I am so happy you have decided to join me on this 31 Day Decluttering Challenge, we are going to be using two methods to help us achieve the clean clutter free home we all want. The first is the Konmari Method. This method was created by Marie Kondo. Kondo’s method of organizing is known as the KonMari method, and consists of gathering together all of one’s belongings, one category at a time, and then keeping only those things that “spark joy”and choosing a place for everything from then on. Here is a list of the categories for decluttering according to this method:
- Komono (Miscellaneous)
- Sentimental Items
Next is the FLYLADY method, created by Marla Cilley the founder of FlyLady.net. FlyLady’s messages include clutter, the value of routines, weekly and monthly cleaning, increased self-esteem, and letting go of perfectionism. While the FlyLady’s system has many key points we will be focusing on the Babysteps. The babysteps is a series of 31 small daily tasks which introduce and then reinforce aspects of cleaning and decluttering, building up to creating personalized routines for morning, afternoon and evening.
Ok, so are you ready!! Here are the links to all the information you need to know for the challenge!
Facebook Page (will post daily so we can have discussions)
Click Here to sign up for challenge