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How To Have a Decluttered Home In 2018

The end of the year brings about thoughts of New Year's Resolutions for many.  A great resolution you can actually accomplish is to declutter your home! Not only will your home look better, you'll also feel better, too - the psychological effects of clutter are real, and they can be devastating. The good news, though? You can reverse all of that!

Imagine - picking up your house and getting real, long term benefits! Here are some tried and true methods to get a jump start on it now.  


Room By Room

Go room by room, just a little bit per day.  Don't overthink it or stress about it.  Just decide where you're going to start and spend 5, 30, or 60 (you decide) minutes a day.  It may not happen lightning fast, but you'll be making progress towards your goal of a clutter-free nourishing home.

Three Boxes

I know you've heard it before, and it really is the easiest way to do it.  Mark three boxes, "throw away", "donate" and "keep".  Now it's time to begin going through your things and making the tough decisions.  

Give It Thought, But Not Too Much Thought

You're going to consider each item as to how much joy it brings you.  If it's broken or worn, it doesn't bring the joy it once did.  I've read to consider how much money you would pay for it if you were buying it now.  When going through your closet, do the clothes fit the body you have now? Are they still in style?  

Don't spend too much time on each item or you'll never get this done.  Be brutal.  Touch it and decide which box it goes into and move on.  Don't go back.  I assure you, there'll be very little you'll regret.  A year from now, you will forget those boots you donated (because you never wore them in the first place).  

Reverse Hanger Trick

It seems that clothing is one of the most difficult areas to declutter for many folks.  Here's an easy trick to get over that hurdle.  Hang everything with the hangers in the reverse direction.  As you wear an item, return it to the closet with the hanger going in the correct direction.  At the end of 6 months or a year, donate everything that is on a hanger still in the reverse direction.  If you didn't wear it in 6 months or a year, you're not going to miss it.   I did this at the beginning of the year, with a plan to revisit at the end of the year and I can tell you I am going to be donating a lot of clothes in January.

2 For 1

Make a decision to throw away or donate two items for every one new one acquired.  If you buy a new pair of shoes, eliminate two pairs from your closet.  Keep a box or bag always available for items to donate.  When it's full, make the donation.

Clear A Surface

Sometimes getting started starts with the simplest of steps.  If the task seems to daunting consider just clearing one surface.  Clear your desktop or a shelf or a countertop.  These clean organized surfaces will inspire you to do more.

Play A Game

We'll call it "Someone's coming to visit!" Pretend some VIP is coming to visit.  The Queen of England, Martha Stewart, your late Grandmother (whatever works for you).  Walk through your home with the eyes of your imaginary critical and discerning dignitary.  The living room, where you will most likely be entertaining your guest, is one of the easiest to clutter.  As the name implies, we live in the living room.  We eat and read and relax in this room.  It's easy to become numb to all of the clutter that can gather.  

If you'd like some more help in this area, I can refer you to a helpful book on the topic, "The Life-Changing Magic of Tidying Up".  Get it here through my Amazon affiliate link.  

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Jill OrnelasAmbiance