Clutter Tips: How to Declutter your Home

This week is all about simplifying on the homefront and how to declutter your home little by little! We are helping you create a system for your clutter to simplify and transform your precious home! But first, let’s review 5 Powerful Truths about the Clutter standing in our way:

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  1. Clutter is the #1 catalyst for disorder
  2. Clutter is any item that is not loved, needed, or used
  3. We ALL experience physical and mental clutter at some point (Yep! Even us!)
  4. Decluttering is not a one time experience, it’s a regular practice
  5. One man’s trash is another man’s treasure

 

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Don’t worry! We won’t ask you to declutter your entire home in 1 week.
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While pausing the real world and doing a full-home declutter would be incredibly effective, it’s simply not possible for most of us! Jobs need to get done and kids need to be fed! So instead, we’re breaking it down into one achievable challenge.
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Here’s how to set up a system that will help you declutter your home one space at a time.

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So let’s jump into this week’s assignment: Create a foolproof ‘Decluttering System’ in your home

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Step 1. SET UP A DONATION BIN 

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Designate a basket, bin or box and label it “DONATE.” If you don’t have something laying around the house, here’s a tall and narrow one and short and wide one that we’re loving right now, but it’s up to you to choose. You can label it with something like this, but a post-it and binder clip will do. This is your permanent in-home donation bin. Introduce it to your entire family to get them on board with your decluttering desires. Give the bin a home somewhere out of sight but accessible like a closet. The purpose is to have a reliable landing spot for all things clutter, and the goal is to add to it frequently.
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Step 2. PICK YOUR DONATION CENTER 

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Connect with the joy of donating (read Monica’s experience here for some inspiration) by finding non-profits in your area that accept physical donations (clothes, toys, etc.). Do some research on local charities, ask about physical donation policies, and make the commitment to donate as much as possible throughout this 12-week challenge. We believe you will be more inspired to donate those items collecting dust when you know they won’t go to waste. If you’re struggling to find a non-profit nearby, Salvation Army or Goodwill are convenient options! The important thing is that those items are going somewhere they will be put to use!
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Step 3. AUTOMATE PICKUPS 


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Why go to them when they can come to you? If your non-profit of choice offers donation pick-up services, take advantage! If you’re not choosy on which organization, schedule a donation pick-up with Salvation Army now or do a quick search for other options in your area through DonationTown. Also, if you have Amazon boxes (or any cardboard boxes) laying around the house, GiveBackBox.com allows you to fill the boxes with donations and ship them to Goodwill for free! If you stick with us, you’ll have plenty to hand over.
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Step 4. GET CLEAR ON YOUR CLUTTER 

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We created our Decluttering Guide: 15 Things to Let Go of Now with you in mind! It’s all about the clutter you didn’t realize was clutter. The guide will help you recognize when something is clutter the moment you come across it. We’re giving you permission to let things go with our downloadable decluttering checklist in tow!
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Step 5. MAKE IT A DATE

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Using our 10 Steps to Declutter Any Room like a Pro guide, we want you to commit to your first decluttering session. We’re asking you to block out a minimum of 1-2 hours, any time this week to complete this step, following the guide. You’ll be fully decluttering one small area of your home. Whether it’s an evening this week or a monthly datFeel free
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Set a recurring date in your calendar and commit to one hour or one bin per week. If you can fill up one bin in one week, imagine what you can do in 12! Try making the decluttering date more fun by putting on some great music and pouring your favorite beverage. Bonus points:  e, decide on a time and plug it into your calendar. To boost accountability and follow-through, invite a friend or spouse to join in on the fun. tologon to the Facebook group or tag your picture #SimplySpacedChallenge on Instagram.  for some support, to share your aha moments and photos of your filled up bins! We’ll be sharing ours too, so stay tuned!

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