In a world filled with constant stimuli and demands on our attention, the idea of decluttering has gained significant popularity. From minimalist living trends to the KonMari method, people are exploring ways to simplify their lives by decluttering their physical spaces. But beyond just creating a tidy environment, is decluttering good for you? Let’s delve into the surprising benefits that go beyond a clean home.
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 living room. If you prefer watching videos, check out my youtube channel here. Today, we’ll look at some tips for decluttering any unwanted pillows and blankets in your living room.
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 how to unclutter the Living Room. The daily task for today, Dec. 7, 2023, is to begin to declutter any unwanted pillows and blankets in your living room. Remember, we are focusing on just the living room area, so don’t declutter your whole house. We will cover each room separately.
Is Decluttering Good For You? 6 Surprising Benefits of Simplifying Your Space
- Reduced Stress and Anxiety:Clutter in our surroundings can contribute to feelings of stress and anxiety. A messy environment often translates to a chaotic mind. Research has shown that the visual stimuli associated with clutter can overwhelm the brain, leading to increased stress levels. Decluttering allows for a calmer, more organized space, providing a sense of control and reducing stress.
- Improved Focus and Productivity:A clutter-free space has the power to enhance focus and productivity. When your surroundings are organized, your mind can more easily concentrate on the task at hand. Removing distractions allows you to channel your energy into meaningful activities, whether it’s work, studying, or pursuing hobbies.
- Enhanced Creativity:Creativity often thrives in uncluttered spaces. A clean and organized environment can stimulate the mind and foster creativity. With fewer distractions, your brain is free to explore new ideas and think outside the box. Many creative individuals swear by the benefits of a clutter-free workspace for boosting their imaginative processes.
- Promotes Better Mental Health:The link between clutter and mental health is well-documented. Clutter can contribute to feelings of overwhelm and contribute to conditions like depression. On the flip side, decluttering can be a therapeutic process, providing a sense of accomplishment and control. A tidier space promotes a positive mindset and can contribute to overall mental well-being.
- Encourages Mindful Consumption:Decluttering isn’t just about getting rid of things; it’s also about reevaluating our relationship with material possessions. The process encourages mindful consumption, prompting us to think twice before acquiring new items. This shift towards intentional living can lead to more sustainable choices and a reduced environmental impact.
- Better Sleep Quality:A clutter-free bedroom can significantly impact the quality of your sleep. The calming effect of an organized space can contribute to a more restful night. By eliminating visual noise and creating a serene atmosphere, decluttering your bedroom sets the stage for better sleep hygiene.
The benefits of decluttering extend far beyond a neat and tidy home. From reducing stress and anxiety to fostering creativity and improving mental health, simplifying your space can have a profound impact on your overall well-being. Whether you embark on a minimalist lifestyle or simply adopt a more organized approach to your living spaces, the journey towards decluttering is undoubtedly a step towards a healthier and more balanced life. So, the next time you contemplate cleaning out that closet or reorganizing your workspace, remember that you’re not just tidying up; you’re investing in your own well-being.
Guide to 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.
Hacks for Decluttering
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.)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.
Steps for Decluttering
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.
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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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