Welcome to a world of serene simplicity and clutter-free living. In today’s fast-paced society, our homes often become a chaotic mix of possessions, leaving us feeling overwhelmed and burdened. However, by embracing the principles of minimalism and adopting effective decluttering strategies, you can transform your living space into a serene haven that promotes calmness and tranquility. In this blog post, we will explore the concept of clutter-free living and provide you with practical tips and organizing solutions to create a harmonious environment.
Welcome to my Year Long Thorough Declutter Series. We declutter 30 minutes a day, 5 days a week. Each day we do a daily task based on the room we are working on. Today, our task is to start decluttering your clutter in your 2nd bathroom. If you prefer watching videos, check out my youtube channel here. Today, we’ll look at Seasonal Decluttering.
The best way to develop a new habit is by slowly and daily application. We will begin a new daily declutter habit starting with the 2nd bathroom. In the Year Long Thorough Declutter Series, we will declutter 30 minutes a day, five days a week on weekdays. Sign up to receive daily encouragement and motivation.
Plus, you’ll learn your specific daily task to work toward completing the goal of a Year Long Thorough Declutter where you will declutter every space and learn how to start to purge your house. Are you ready to finally get organized? If so, will you join us? Leave a comment below to subscribe.
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Currently we are working on decluttering the 2nd bathroom. The daily task for today, May 18, 2023, is to begin decluttering your sample products. Remember, we are focusing on just the 2nd Bathroom area, so don’t declutter your whole house. We will cover each room separately.
Embracing Clutter-Free Living:
- Understanding Clutter-Free Living:
Clutter-free living goes beyond tidying up; it’s a mindset shift towards intentional and purposeful consumption. It’s about letting go of excess belongings and only surrounding yourself with items that truly bring you joy and serve a practical purpose. By reducing physical clutter, you create space for mental clarity and emotional well-being.
- Decluttering: Where to Begin:
Embarking on a decluttering journey may seem daunting at first, but breaking it down into manageable steps can make the process more achievable. Start small by focusing on one area or room at a time. Sort your belongings into categories such as keep, donate, or discard. Ask yourself whether each item aligns with your values and contributes to your desired lifestyle. Utilize storage solutions like bins, baskets, and shelves to keep your space organized and clutter-free.
- Embracing Minimalism:
Minimalism is the key to maintaining a clutter-free home in the long term. Adopting a minimalist mindset means prioritizing experiences and relationships over material possessions. Practice mindful consumption by evaluating your purchases and resisting the urge to accumulate unnecessary items. Choose quality over quantity and invest in versatile, multi-functional pieces that serve your needs without cluttering your space.
- Organizing Solutions for a Serene Home:
Implementing practical organizing solutions will help you maintain a clutter-free environment. Maximize storage potential by utilizing under-bed storage, wall-mounted shelves, and drawer dividers. Designate specific spaces for frequently used items to ensure easy access and reduce visual clutter. Develop systems for handling paperwork, organizing digital files, and managing your wardrobe to streamline your daily routines.
- The Benefits of Clutter-Free Living:
Living in a clutter-free home brings numerous benefits to your physical, mental, and emotional well-being. It reduces stress, improves focus and productivity, and enhances your overall quality of life. A serene environment promotes relaxation and allows you to fully enjoy the present moment. By curating a space that reflects your values and supports your goals, you create a sanctuary that nurtures your soul.
Embracing clutter-free living is a powerful step towards creating a serene and harmonious home. By adopting minimalist principles, practicing effective decluttering strategies, and implementing practical organizing solutions, you can transform your living space into a haven of tranquility. Embrace the joy of owning less, and discover the freedom that comes with a clutter-free lifestyle. Start your journey today and unlock the transformative power of simplicity.
Remember, a clutter-free home is just the beginning of a clutter-free life. Embrace the possibilities and enjoy the peace that comes with living intentionally and with purpose.
I personally have a bad habit of placing items that need to be donated in the laundry room behind the door. Out of sight, out of mind, right? Wrong. Delaying decisions means we still need to declutter.
Maybe you have a habit of delaying decisions, too. Let’s decide today where your decluttered items need to go. Do they need to be donated? Disposed of? Don’t delay that decision any longer. If they need to be donated, sort and put them in your vehicle. Then, make a note in your calendar to drop them off at your favorite charity.
As you are decluttering your items, I want you to try not to just move them to another room. You may be tempted to do that. However, resist the urge to keep everything. Decluttering means we actually part with these items. Otherwise, assign those items a permanent home where you can best utilize them.
Clutter-Free Living tips for decluttering
1.Only spend time on your specific daily task.
2.Do not get side-tracked or distracted.
3.Work within a time of day that you have the most energy and stamina. This is one of the most useful declutter motivation tips. Listen to your body and work at decluttering when you feel the most alert and energized.
4.Avoid thinking too long about whether to keep or discard an item. This is one specific way for How to Be Ruthless When Decluttering.
5.Avoid cleaning during your declutter. The goal is to purge the dead weight. Getting rid of the clutter is your priority. Cleaning can be accomplished later. Read on for more declutter motivation tips and my room specific deep clean checklist, though, as you will begin cleaning after your declutter.
Ideas and Tips for Clutter-Free Living:
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.
Decluttering Steps for Clutter-Free Living:
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 items that don’t work or that work poorly, expired items, anything you don’t love, anything that 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 Do You Declutter Your Entire House (and get it deep clean?): Need to deep clean?
First, My How to Deep Clean Your Kitchen list can be found here.
Second, My How to Deep Clean Your Bathroom list can be found here.
Third, My How to Deep Clean Your Kids’ Rooms list can be found here.
Fourth, My How to Deep Clean Your Living Room list can be found here.
Fifth, My How to Deep Clean Your Bedroom list can be found here.
You can get your printable Daily Housekeeping Routine and Deep Cleaning Your House Schedule here. This 15 page printable kit is delivered digitally to your email for you to print and personalize. What Does a Deep Clean Include? It includes a daily schedule, calendar pages, and deep cleaning checklists for every room and area of your home. Check out the link above to see a sample page of what you’ll get in my printable set designed to help you create your personal Homemaking Checklist.
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. You can find that here.
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? How Do You Declutter Your Home?.…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.
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