In the hustle and bustle of modern life, it’s easy to find ourselves surrounded by excess belongings that contribute to stress and overwhelm. The solution? Decluttering. However, the thought of decluttering often brings about its own sense of stress. The good news is that decluttering can be a transformative and positive experience when approached with the right mindset and strategies. In this blog post, we’ll explore practical tips for decluttering without stress, helping you create a more organized and serene living space.

Decluttering Without Stress

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 lamps you never use 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.

If you are new to the blog, welcome! I blog about cleaning, decluttering, and organizing. You can find my free printables to help you get organized in the drop down menu under the Printables category.

Currently we are working on how to unclutter the Living Room. The daily task for today, Dec. 27, 2023, is to begin to declutter any lamps you never use 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.

Decluttering Without Stress

Decluttering Without Stress: A Simple Guide to Streamlining Your Life

  1. Set Clear Goals: Before diving into decluttering, define your goals. Are you looking to create more space, enhance functionality, or simply reduce the visual noise in your living environment? Clearly outlining your objectives will guide your decluttering process and prevent you from feeling overwhelmed. You can use my free plan here when you subscribe.
  2. Start Small: Tackling an entire house or apartment at once can be intimidating. Instead, start with a small, manageable area like a single room or even a specific corner. Breaking down the task into smaller, more achievable steps will make the process feel less daunting.
  3. The 4-Box Method: Get four boxes and label them: Keep, Donate, Trash, and Unsure. As you go through your belongings, place each item into one of these boxes. This method helps you make quick decisions and prevents overthinking. The “Unsure” box can be revisited later with a fresh perspective.
  4. One In, One Out Rule: Adopt the habit of replacing items as you acquire new ones. For every new item that enters your space, commit to donating, selling, or discarding an old one. This rule helps maintain a balanced and clutter-free environment over time.
  5. Declutter Digitally: In the digital age, clutter extends beyond physical spaces. Take some time to declutter your digital life by organizing files, deleting unnecessary emails, and unsubscribing from newsletters. A streamlined digital environment can contribute to a clearer and more focused mindset.
  6. Sentimental Items: Sentimental items can be the most challenging to declutter. Instead of holding onto every memento, select a few that hold the most significant meaning. Consider taking photos of items you find hard to part with to preserve the memories without the physical clutter.
  7. Create Designated Spaces: Designate specific areas for different categories of items to maintain order. Whether it’s a drawer for stationery, a shelf for books, or hooks for keys, having designated spaces for everything ensures that items are easy to find and put away.
  8. Practice Mindfulness: Decluttering is not just about the physical act of removing items; it’s also an opportunity to declutter the mind. Approach the process with mindfulness, focusing on the present moment and the positive impact decluttering will have on your life.
Decluttering Without Stress

Decluttering without stress is not only achievable but also empowering. By taking a systematic and mindful approach, you can transform your living space into a more organized and serene haven. Remember, the goal is not perfection but progress. Embrace the process, and enjoy the benefits of a clutter-free life. Your space will thank you, and so will your peace of mind.

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

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.)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

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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.

Decluttering Without Stress

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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