If you are like me, you’ve been overwhelmed with clutter at times. Maybe you have had several life changes that have contributed to all of that clutter. Maybe you’ve moved, gotten married, had a child, experienced a job change, come down with a chronic illness, or maybe even taken on the care of someone in your extended family.
Whatever the cause for clutter, you’ve become exhausted trying. Even thinking about it seems overwhelming because it seems like an insurmountable task. Well, I have good news for you!
You are not alone. You can do this. In fact, the best way to ensure a lasting change is to take on a new habit slowly and daily. The habit we are going to form is what I call a year long thorough declutter.
Yes, you can declutter certain spaces in a day, but most of us can’t stop our daily responsibilities to do so if it involves a large amount of decluttering. I’m afraid that is impracticable for most of us and mostly just for TV personalities. So, let’s get started on how to do a year long thorough declutter.
How to do a year long thorough declutter:
I am proposing that we take on a specific task daily… actually almost daily. I am suggesting starting to declutter in only 30 minutes a day for five days a week. That’s right. We are taking the weekends off to relax and enjoy our families and special relationships.
I have carefully laid out specific tasks for you to begin the slow and thorough year long declutter. I have created a few checklists for you. We are going to go through your entire home, attic, and garage, decluttering slowly and thoroughly as we go. We will take this slowly and swallow this task in bite-sized pieces, so you don’t get overwhelmed.
Can you do it? I think you can. Plus, I’m going to go with you by sending encouraging emails along the way to help you to stay motivated.
You are going to make great progress that will be lasting and even life changing. You may even decide to reward yourself by painting or redecorating your lovely, organized new space. You will also reap the rewards of a clean, organized space.
What are those rewards? First, decluttering provides a sense of peace and tranquility as you transform your home into a space you love and want to be in. Also, you’ll find that you actually begin to love and appreciate the items you decide to keep. You will begin taking better care of those items, ensuring they last.
Mentally, you’ll not only experience more peace in a decluttered environment, you’ll gain a sense of focus and purpose for each space in your home. By putting items in their proper location within your home, you’ll save time getting ready each day and make your daily routines more streamlined. If you have other people living with you, they will appreciate your efforts and may even be motivated to help you in the process.
Are you on board with me? If so, subscribe to my blog by leaving a comment below. Be sure to confirm your subscription in the email you receive that invites you to opt in. I’ll then begin sending checklists, encouragement, and motivation your way. Let’s make this the year you finally get organized.
Need to deep clean? I have lists for you to guide you along.
My How to Deep Clean Your Kitchen list can be found here.
My How to Deep Clean Your Bathroom list can be found here.
My How to Deep Clean Your Kids’ Rooms list can be found here.
My How to Deep Clean Your Living Room list can be found here.
My How to Deep Clean Your Bedroom list can be found here.
Also, to keep up the general housework, you may need to create a daily housekeeping schedule that suits your specific needs. To do so, I have created a helpful series you can read here.
Need to Declutter Every room? I have declutter checklists for every room and every space in your home to guide you along below.
How to Declutter the Guest Room or Your Kid’s Room checklist can be found here.
How to Declutter Your Laundry Room and Patio checklist can be found here.
How to Declutter Your Coat Closet/Hall Closet/Linen Closet checklist can be found here.
How to Declutter Your Home Office checklist can be found here.
How to Declutter Your Attic checklist can be found here.
How to Declutter Your Garage checklist can be found here.
How to Declutter Your Living Room checklist can be found here.
How to Declutter Your Kitchen Checklist can be found here.
How to Declutter Your Entry/Foyer/Mudroom checklist can be found here.
How to Declutter Your Clothing checklist can be found here.
How to Declutter Your Bedroom checklist can be found here.
How to Declutter Your Bathroom checklist can be found here.
To Subscribe to this Declutter Series, drop me a comment below. Your email will be sent to me but will not be posted publicly. You’ll receive a daily declutter task via email for the daily task we are working on. You can unsubscribe at any time.
New to deemiddleton.com and don’t know where to start? I recommend going in this order:
Step 1: Check out this post on the 1st step you should take to get organized. If you don’t have a calendar, you can grab my free weekly printable calendar page here. It is in my shopify store, but it is totally free, so you won’t be prompted to put in any payment information. It is a free download and will be delivered straight to your email.
Step 2: Create a daily Housekeeping Schedule. You can use this series to start to set up your own schedule. You can also use this simplified weekly schedule.If you often ask: What is the fastest way to clean a dirty house? Or, if you struggle to get organized and have tried and failed time and again, you can likely find out which of these 11 reasons cause you to fail to get organized.
Step 3: How do you remove clutter?.…Sign up for the Declutter Series and get your entire home decluttered in just 30 minutes a day, 5 days a week.”Declutter Your Home” checklists are provided in each email.
Step 4: What is the fastest way to clean a dirty house? Use a timer and use the Deep Cleaning Checklists above. They will help you get your home sparkling after you’ve decluttered.
Interested in becoming a full-time blogger like me? Check out my blogging series. At the top of every page on my blog, you’ll find a drop down menu. Just select the BLOGGING category.
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Also, check out a great post on decluttering over here from becomingminimalist.com. Joshua Becker has some great tips on decluttering and minimalism.
For further reading, check out the fly lady here. She has some great cleaning and kitchen decluttering ideas plus excellent organization tips to get you started.
I hope you have benefitted from my post on Where to Start When You Declutter (tasks you can do in 30 minutes). Leave a comment below to subscribe to my daily declutter task email series.