25 Item De-Clutter Challenge – Part Four

Walt DisneyIn the first part of my 4 part blog post series, I shared with you how a quick de-cluttering lesson transformed my mother in-law into a lean and mean de-cluttering machine.  Within an hour, she had eliminated 25 items from her home.

So far the four teachable moments I have shared with you from that amazing session are:

1. Just start somewhere.

2. Uncover the clutter bandits.

3. Unloved gifts should come with an expiration date.

4. Discover the true treasure hidden amongst your clutter.

The fifth and final lesson I would like to explain to you is how to discover your perfect de-cluttering style.  

At the end of my session with my mother-in-law, she honestly admitted that if she had known in advance that we were going to do this that she would have had a harder time making decisions on the items she eliminated from her home.

Instead, an impromptu de-cluttering session led her to power blast her way through a few areas of her home until she felt she had done enough.

The lesson here is that there is no right or wrong way to de-clutter and organize your home.  What worked best for her may not work for you.  Some people work better in the wee hours of night, while others may work best at the crack of dawn.

The bottom line is to choose a style that will resonate with you to achieve optimal results.

You may find, like in the case of my mother-in-law, that you hate the thought of trying to schedule time in your calendar to de-clutter.  Knowing that you have time scheduled might make you feel anxious about the task and prevent you from making decisive decisions.

Instead, become your own clutter busting machine by jumping into action whenever you feel you have some time available or when the time feel rights.  Simply grab a kitchen time, set it for 10 to 20 minutes, choose a room and begin to de-clutter one area, one cabinet, one shelf or one drawer.  These unplanned short  de-cluttering sessions will help you quickly eliminate items that you no longer feel attached to. You will be amazed at how much you can clean-out within a short amount of time.

The same principle applies if you decide to schedule time to de-clutter your home.  Simply set a timer and remain focused at the task until you hear the timer go off.

No matter which method you choose, be sure to take the time to acknowledge your accomplishments at the end of each session. You will find that as you begin to make progress, you will feel more confidence in your ability to eliminate items from your home.  That will build up your momentum and motivation to keep moving forward on your de-cluttering journey.

The end result is not about purging everything from your home.  You home should be a reflection of who you and your family are and surrounding yourself with the items that support that.    As Walt Disney once said, "If you can dream it, you can do it".  So stop dreaming and take that first step in obtaining the clutter-free and organized home of your dreams today.

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