Decluttering

Week 1: We’re decluttering, getting our homes clear of all the clutter that has accumulated over the past year.

One thing I know is how easy it is for your home to feel cluttered. I also know how easy it is to feel overwhelmed when looking around at all that needs to be cleared. My heart for you during this series is to offer encouragement as you go through this process, and let you know you are no alone. We all have a ton of stuff, most of which needs to find a new home.

Here are some tips that I find help me.

Once you decide to clear out a spot, whether it’s a closet or even an entire room, the best thing you can do is to break it down into small sections. What happens is we start out all gungho, we tear through the closet removing every item stored inside. Turning our beds into a massive heap of clothing. Then become overwhelmed. Of course we would feel that way, we’ve bitten off way more than we can handle. We even lie to ourselves, “it has to get worse before it gets better”, no, no it does not. You can actually declutter any space in your home with out creating a huge mess.

Focus on just one sections at a time. Choose a drawer, shelf or surface, grab a timer, set it for 15 minutes and go to it. Challenge yourself to get that drawer finished before the timer goes off. I have a feeling you might surprise yourself.

Toss all the trash, stained, or even worn out items right into a trash bag. Nobody wants that stuff. Quickly toss the things you no longer use or want onto a pile. As for those things you no longer love (or ever loved) or need, those things can go into another bag/box. You will feel so good donating those. If its really special you can sell it, but only if you do it immediately.

What do you think? Can you narrow it down and focus on just one spot at a time. I promise this will be so much more doable than trying to “eat the whole elephant” at one time.

Published by Michele McFadden

Michele McFadden is an interior designer who keeps her faith in Christ a priority. Her favorite thing about interior decorating is teaching women how to create a home they love. A home that reflects their values, that is practical to live in, and reflects their values.

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