Inside: Here you’ll learn how to declutter your home fast. Home organization seems like a never ending and allusive process. Here you’ll a 7 step strategy to declutter quickly and effectively.
“Consistency is more important than intensity.” – Courtney Carver
Becoming a minimalist and getting rid of clutter are two totally different things. One happens internally and only takes a moment. The other requires you actually put legs to that internal transformation. I found the latter to be a bit more difficult.
In one ah-ha moment, I found relief from my chaos through the discipline of minimalism. That was it. I was in.
As I’m sure you know, anything worth having never comes easily. Next up, I had to implement my minimalism, and that required a little elbow grease.
Can you declutter Your Home in 10 minutes?
Not really. I don’t even believe it’s possible to declutter your whole home in 10 days, or even 30 for that matter. At least, not with the “storage unit” that was my life.
We were a family of 5, with 84 combined years of accumulation under our belts, living in an 1,800 square foot home, stuffed full of our own individual versions of treasure. There was just no way to get rid of clutter overnight.
Accomplishing this daunting task in just a handful of days would have required a significant leave of absence from my actual life.
I would have needed to ship my kids off to Grandma’s house for them to slowly outstay their welcome. My husband would have used up all of his vacation time in order to assist in this speed declutter. And it definitely would have required renting a driveway dumpster and keeping the thrift store pick-up guy on speed dial.
Not a realistic scenario.
We dove all in as a family, and spent many initial evenings and weekends tackling our accumulation. We moved through our home, category by category, room by room, and kept that pace for a couple of months until the big areas were done.
The Crawfords were on a mission!
Every space we decluttered offered the hope of greater peace. We wanted that peace to replace our possessions in every nook and cranny of our home.
It took us a full year to do that hard work.
How to Declutter Your Home Fast
So, how dare I lure you here under the false pretense of decluttering your life in 10 minutes?
Well, because through the power of habit, patience, consistency and grit, 10 minutes a day will change your life. It’s all the time you really need to alter course and move toward purpose.
An all in deep dive is not for everyone and there are a multitude of factors as to why.
Whether you’re looking to go minimalist or simply just see your bathroom counter for the first time in years, I believe there is a way to approach it gradually.
I’ve got a few bite sized, sustainable steps to get you started in the right direction without ripping your house apart.
With consistency, you will begin to slowly transition toward a life of less, finding a more abundant life outside of possessions.
1. Adopt a Minimalist State of Mind
Constantly edit what you own. It sounds like a lot of work, but it’s really not. The more you practice editing your possessions, the more naturally and quickly you will do it.
While putting away dishes, skim what you have in your drawers. What can go? As you get ready in the morning, consider items in your drawers. Which pieces do you never wear?
Maintaining a minimalist mindset helps me recognize problem areas more quickly and choose to eliminate rather than reorganize.
2. Choose a Drop Spot
Choose a convenient, easily accessible location where you can pile items you plan to eliminate.
I have designated a corner in my bedroom so my kids are less likely to come across the items and disperse them throughout my home again. If that’s not a concern of yours, consider having multiple drop spots. Maybe one in each of the main rooms of your home.
3. Leave a Box in Your Drop Spot
I use diaper boxes, because those come into my home frequently (though that season is approaching the end, high five).
The box helps keep the pile from looking like a pile. When the box is full, it’s ready to be donated.
4. Keep Your Hands Out of That Box
You will be faced with the temptation to dig through your donation items one last time and second guess what you’ve put in there. Don’t do it! You put it in there for a reason. Leave it alone! Your initial gut reaction to let it go was correct.
Picture me slapping your hand every time you reach for it.
5. Choose to Donate
I want to encourage you to donate rather than sell your items. Planning to sell it all can easily turn into another “someday” situation and become something we never actually get around to doing.
Choosing to donate turns your temporary discomfort into someone else’s blessing.
6. Choose Your Drop-Off Location
I chose my local city rescue mission thrift store. It is relatively close to my home and has a mission I love. The thrift store’s sales fund the Lansing City Rescue Mission and they share my donations with those in need of their services.
Having a drop-off plan backed by a purpose will help you gladly hand that donation box over.
7. Change the way you purchase
“Forget sale prices. Everything is 100% off when you don’t buy it.” -Joshua Fields Millburn
This is a big one! It doesn’t matter how much you get rid of, if you don’t stop the flow of material items into your home. It’s as simple as that.
Implement a “one in, one out rule” in order to prevent accumulation. Rethink the purchases you make simply out of habit or perhaps in response to a sale sign.
“I make myself rich by making my wants few.” – Henry David Thoreau
8. BONUS: Go Deeper!
Bonus step for when you have more than ten minutes!
I suggest you occasionally carve out time for a project that requires more than ten minutes. It doesn’t have to be your entire kitchen or garage, but choose a couple cabinets or kid’s dresser. This will help keep you motivated to stick with your ten minutes a day.
Decluttering can escalate rather quickly and we all love to see big progress. If you find yourself with some downtime and the desire to tackle a big project, do it. Dive in and keep going as long as you can.
Remember this, it usually gets worse before it gets better. Don’t panic half way through. Complete the project with the same ruthless intensity you begin with. Take the time to revel in your success. You’ve earned it!
If your big decluttering hurdle is either time or feeling overwhelmed by the process, take heart. Small steps will still get you there. Remember, it’s the tortoise who won the race!
“Little by little, one travels far.” -J.R.R.Tolkien
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