One of the things that brings me happiness, is having a decluttered home. Oh, the joy of being able sit in a clutter-free room and enjoy a cup of coffee or tea; or cook in a clutter-free kitchen; or sleep in a clutter-free room! Just think about the space you have after you rid your house of all the Christmas decorations. Doesn’t your home feel so much lighter, brighter, and less cluttered? It’s nice to have all the sparkly decorations up for Christmas but it is always a relief when the decorations come down. It is like a “breath of fresh air” has swept through our home!
But while I love the feeling of “declutter”, I also understand that a well lived-in home will probably never really be totally free of clutter. Especially when a home is shared with multiple people of different personalities, likes, and dislikes. Everyone brings their own special tastes to the clutter (if so to speak). But we do not have to let the clutter control us now, do we? Nope! We are into January and it is always a great time to do some decluttering – sort of starting with a clean slate. For the past few weeks I have been diligently working to clear our home of clutter. Let me add that clearing a home of the smaller clutter should be done as frequently as possible, but a major decluttering will require time that is set aside. It could be done anytime of the year – not just January. It really depends on your time and schedule and what works for your family. And it would not happen overnight, either. It takes discipline. A lot of discipline. In addition, it will take a lot of work, depending on how much clutter you have accumulated.
When you free your home of clutter, you are not only freeing your physical space but also your mental space. Here is what I like about it:
- it brings mental peace (when your space is clean, your mind will also be refreshed)
- it gives physical space in the home (the less stuff, the more room/space)
- less time is spent looking for stuff (it is easier to find things when you need them)
- it helps save money (no going out and buying what you already have, but did not know you had it because it was covered in the clutter)
- more time is spent with family (less time cleaning, more time enjoying family and things you love)
- it is easier to evaluate and see what you really need (not want)
This subject can be intimidating for some. And that is OK. I totally get it. Trust me. I do not have it all-together on this one either. The struggle is truly real. I think two of the biggest challenges I face when it comes to decluttering are where to begin and what to declutter. These alone could allow me to lose my motivation and prolong the progress. Ever being there? Yes, I have. But you know what works for me? Small steps. Diligently working room. by. room. While I feel like I declutter daily, it is always great to set aside some time to do a major decluttering. Now I don’t think our home has tons of stuff to declutter. But there are always some things that make their way to our home that we end up not using or that we really don’t need.
Side note: I was just talking to my mom (miles and miles away) and she mentioned that she was in the process of decluttering. First of all, I was thrilled to know that we were both doing the same thing without discussing this before hand. And second, I was really impressed that mom was decluttering – stuff that she has been holding on to for years and years . . . and years that is no longer working. Way to go mom!
Anyway, if you are like me, and need to free up some space in your home and life, I have created an extensive decluttering checklist to help give me some guidance. It took me forever to finish it but it is done!!! I think it will be a big help to you, too, if you decide to use it. You can download a PDF version for free when you sign up to be a part of the Flourishing At Home community. I also share some tips and tricks and 10 decisions that help me through the dreaded process. Print it out and use it as a guide, if you wish. Don’t let it intimidate you. You can always work at your own pace, depending on your schedule. Just remember to be diligent because it won’t happen unless you make it happen. We can do this!!
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So how about you? Do you take time to declutter your space? Let me know in the comments below.