Today, I thought we should address some thoughts on thankfulness and clutter. How does decluttering contribute to thankfulness?

We have been doing a Year Long Thorough Declutter Series that we started Monday, August 12th. We are decluttering every space in our homes for 30 minutes a day, 5 days a week. If you haven’t already, subscribe to my blog for you daily task and inspiration to keep you motivated.

Also, you can get the complete digital printable copy of the Year Long Thorough Declutter Series Calendar and Checklists here. The printable digital download is delivered to your email. It includes 25 pages of printable calendar pages and checklists to help you declutter every room in your home.

One of the many benefits of decluttering is developing a heart of thankfulness. Let’s look at thankfulness and clutter. When you declutter any given space, you immediately begin to see a whole bunch of possessions that you have overlooked, forgotten, or allowed to expire. 

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This brings me to my point. During decluttering, I want us to be mindful and thankful for all we have. There are many, many people in this world who would love to have even a fraction of what you have. There are also many people around the world who are happier and more thankful to have much less than you have. This is one way thankfulness and clutter are related.

Now, before I risk sounding like your mother lecturing you, I wanted to share a story. Years ago, I was told of a family who had their young children go into gas station bathrooms to steal toilet paper. Why? They couldn’t afford it.

Now, before we judge, consider this. Are you thankful to have toilet paper? Obviously, toilet paper is a staple in most homes, but this family did not have the means to buy it. I’m assuming they sent in their little ones because no one would suspect a child of theft. Heartbreaking, but true story.

Remember what I said before about developing a heart of thankfulness? Notice I said we “develop” thankfulness. It is a discipline you practice daily. By practicing thankfulness, you will naturally be happier and more aware of the needs of others around you. You will become less stingy and more open-handed to those in need.

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Decluttering has a greater purpose. You see, it isn’t just about your stuff or about making your home more lovely, even though it will. It is about being free from the grip of possessiveness. It is freeing to not be caught up in materialism. With the current state of our nation, there is such a large push to get you to want more, more, more. But, having less has many more benefits.

Some parting thoughts for you on thankfulness and clutter. How thankful are you for what you have? Is there something you can donate today that would be a blessing to someone else? Ask God to show you. He will.

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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.

Also, you can get the complete digital printable copy of the Year Long Thorough Declutter Series Calendar and Checklists here. The printable digital download is delivered to your email. It includes 25 pages of printable calendar pages and checklists to help you declutter every room in your home.

HOW TO DECLUTTER:

Supplies Needed:

1. boxes -preferably ones you can donate (Avoid plastic storage bins because you may be tempted to just store the items and not part with them.)

2. sturdy trash bags

3. marker/pen to label boxes

Decluttering Tip: Avoid using storage bins to declutter. Storage bins tend to tell your brain to “store” the items for later. That is just delaying decisions. If you aren’t getting rid of items when you declutter, you are not truly decluttering. This is why I recommend a trash bag, also. A trash bag tells your brain to “trash” the item.

Obviously, recycle if you have that option. The boxes you use should be ones you are willing to part with, so I recommend sturdy cardboard boxes. As to donations, there are many charities that will come pick up your items for you at your home.

I use one in particular where you can book an appointment for pick-up online. This is so convenient, as it saves you the hassle of hauling stuff away yourself. Scheduling that pick-up also motivates you to declutter by a certain date.

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How to Declutter:

1. Start by eliminating trash first- use a sturdy trash bag

2. Sort items by category if needed so you can see what you have

3.Get rid of duplicate items, broken items, outgrown clothes and shoes, anything you’ll never use again

4. Box up the donations and trash/recycle the rest

5.Select a charity to donate your items and schedule the pick-up if that is an option

How to Declutter the Guest Room or Your Kid’s Room checklist can be found here.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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Happy Decluttering!

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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. Also, you can get the complete digital printable copy of the Year Long Thorough Declutter Series Calendar and Checklists here. The printable digital download is delivered to your email. It includes 25 pages of printable calendar pages and checklists to help you declutter every room in your home.

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 decluttering ideas plus excellent organization tips to get you started.

I hope you have enjoyed this post on THANKFULNESS AND CLUTTER. Let me know your thoughts in the comments below.