3 Actionable Declutter Hacks You Can Take Today

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Could you use some declutter hacks to help you declutter your home?

Look no further! In this post we will go over some actionable declutter hacks you can take today. Yes! Today.

Decluttering isn’t always easy. For me it it just seems to come natural but I have learned that isn’t the case for everyone.

Some really struggle with clutter. And for many clutter is the accomplice that is holding them back in life.

Clutter has so many affects on our lives. In fact there is Psychology to Clutter.

Clutter Affects Our Lives in so many ways. Such as our mental health, our past and future, and so much more that you probably aren’t even aware of.

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How Can I Declutter My House Easily?

Unfortunately, there is no real easy way to declutter your house. Not unless you are a “throw away queen” like myself. However, with a little help you can definitely minimize with these declutter hacks I put together.

Actionable Declutter Hacks

  • Use a Planner – Planners are a great way to guide you and keep you on track.
  • Join a Newsletter – Newsletters such as Minimizing to Maximizes newsletter is a unique way to get tips every week to help guide you in the right direction.
  • Take a Declutter Course – Courses are another great way help you stay on track with some guidance but more importantly, courses help you understand why it is so hard to throw ‘stuff’ away or why you can’t let go of it but need to.

Although none of the above are a CURE ALL for your clutter habits they will help put you in the right mindset. If everyone truly understood the affects clutter has on our lives they would spontaneously throw everything out!

Seriously, clutter is bad for your health, your Self Care, your mindset, and more.

Think about it… do you ever misplace something only to spend much unneeded time searching for it? Imagine what you could have accomplished in that 20 minutes you spent searching for your car keys or your cell phone.

Time is precious and God gave us plenty of it. We just happen to be the ones that are not using it right. And clutter is a huge time stealer!

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Why Can’t I Throw Stuff Away?

Often times we become attached to things and it is hard to let them go. You may think:

  • I can fix it (but never do)
  • I can sell it (but you never follow through)
  • I need it (lets be honest… when is the last time you used it?)
  • It was a gift (ever wonder if the gifts you give are being used, given away, or thrown out?)
  • But it has Sentimental Value (take pictures of the items no one can take your memories away)

What Is Clutter A Sign Of?

“Clutter is an overabundance of possessions that collectively create chaotic and disorderly living spaces,”

said Joseph Ferrari, a professor of psychology at DePaul University in Chicago

Clutter is simply a sign of distraction. Simply put.

The clutter is ruining your focus. It can very easily become hard to concentrate due to having to deal with the mess and thoughts that are continually popping up interrupting your focus.

Most people don’t even realize the physical clutter is on their mind. But it is and it’s just hanging around in your subconscious distracting you from time to time.

Think about it…. your mind begins to wonder and you are thinking about the laundry that needs to be done, the icebox needs to be cleaned out, the car needs to be washed, and so on.

Next thing you know you just spent 20 minutes scrolling on Facebook because you got side tracked and quickly became overwhelmed and didn’t know where to start or what to do next.

This happens a lot to work at home moms. As a Blogger myself I have experienced this many times over.

I used to stay with my parents who just happen to be clutter bugs. It was so hard for me to focus long enough to make twenty calls to set appointments for my then insurance job.

Clutter is a focus and time stealer!

How Do You Declutter When Overwhelmed?

As mentioned above there actionable declutter hacks you can take to help guide you such as:

  • Use a Planner – Planners are a great way to guide you and keep you on track.
  • Join a Newsletter – Newsletters such as Minimizing to Maximizes newsletter is a unique way to get tips every week to help guide you in the right direction.
  • Take a Declutter Course – Courses are another great way help you stay on track with some guidance but more importantly, courses help you understand why it is so hard to throw ‘stuff’ away or why you can’t let go of it but need to.

However it is also important to ask your self some questions. And answer them honestly.

It is super important that you are honest and not make excuses. The number one factor of decluttering is “you have to want to.”

No one can force you to do something you don’t want to do. Its like losing weight or quit smoking.

You have to want to do it. No one can make you do it. Just like no one can make you unclutter. They can try and may succeed but the clutter will find its way right back into your life over time.

It is imperative that you understand this. A great example of this is myself years ago. I started smoking at a young age and I wanted to quit for years but never did. I made excuse after excuse why I couldn’t quit.

“It’s too hard.”

“I’ll gain weight if I quit.”

“Smoking keeps my nerves under control.”

Seriously the excuses just kept going like The Song That Never Ends. (Great now I have The Song That Never Ends stuck in my head )

Seriously though you have to want to declutter for any kind of declutter hacks to work.

Start by finding a couple things in your house and ask yourself these questions and be honest:

  • Has it passed it’s expiration date?

Keep in mind expiration dates don’t apply to only food. They also apply to Make-Up and other things such as sun screen, tanning lotion, lotion, toothpaste, mouth wash, shampoo, medications, and much more.

  • Is this something you truly need and will use?

In my house we use the One-Year Rule. If it hasn’t been used in the past year (cough 6 months or sometimes a week) it gets tossed.

  • Do you love this item?

I say as long as it doesn’t turn into “sentimental clutter” keep it. As long as you truly love it. However, it is important to acknowledge if you are a materialist.

Of course that is an entire other subject of it own. But it is important that you understand the dangers of having a love for things.

  • Do I have duplicates of this item?

More times than not we tend to run out and buy another one of the thing we misplaced. Only to end up with duplicates.

Think about it, how many unused razors do you have? Or what about seasonings? Do you have seasonings in your cabinet that have never been opened?

And what about books or other hobbies? Even though I am the throw away queen as my mom and husband call me, I still tend to hoard books. Some I have read more than once and some I have not read at all.

I even ended up with two of the same books at one point. Of course I gave one away.

My Final Thoughts on Clutter

You see it so easy to accumulate clutter if we aren’t aware of our own habits. This is why it is so important to use actionable declutter hacks to help guide us and keep us on track.

Hiring a professional declutterer and organizer is an option but I just don’t see the since in it. The only way that could help is if you are very much aware of why you are holding onto clutter.

The only time you should ever hire a professional is when you are truly ready to declutter your home and life. And you understand why you need to let go of things.

Otherwise the clutter will find it’s way back into your home over time and before you know it you will have a mess once again.

Life is too short to worry about the laundry or spending time in the morning searching for something to wear. Minimizing and decluttering your home can and will forever change your life! You just have to want it.

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