In the first part of my 4 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. I didn't know she had it in her. What about you. I hope you have made a decision to join us in this challenge and have begun to fill a box with 25 items that you would like to eliminate from your home.
In this post, I will share 2 of the 5 important takeaways from that session that I promised I would expand upon.
#1 - Just start somewhere:
Don't let the sense of overwhelm prevent you from obtaining an organized home. I usually suggest to begin your organizing journey by de-cluttering one drawer, one cabinet, or one area of a room at a time.
Since we were already in her living room, I choose to challenge her attachment to a simple decoration on her mantle. That led her to quickly scan the rest of her living room and choose even more items that she wished to eliminate.
I have made this challenge so painlessly easy for you that you will have a hard time participating in it. Begin de-cluttering by taking small steps. Here's a cheat sheet of six items that you can easily eliminate from your bathroom. In fact, you might be able to fulfill your 25-item challenge in this room alone.
- Rusty Nail Clippers
- Rusty Tweezers
- Rusty or worn out nail emery boards
- Old Toothbrushes
- Expired Medications
- Old Make-up
*Extra Tip: Once you've weeded your nail clippers and tweezers down to a manageable size, keep them neat and contained in a small container for easy access.
#2 - Clutter Bandit:
Overtime, any sort of collection can easily grow out of control. For my mother-in-law, what was once a clutter-free cabinet, quickly turned into a collection of angels that she would have to unexpectedly care for. Over the years, they become a burden to her. To ease that burden she quickly weeded out the ones that were not her favorites.
Do you suffer from collection overkill? Take a small step and eliminate just one item from your overflowing collection. For example, maybe you have 25 ceramic birds on a shelf. I'm sure you can choose one that really isn't your favorite in this collection. Taking the courage to choose just one will help make the process easier as you continue to de-clutter.
If you have a hard eliminating items from your home, I hope you found these 2 takeaway to be helpful and insightful. In fact, I believe that I have given you an unfair advantage over my- mother- in- law quest to downsize her home. Please, let's keep that our secret.
Now that I've made it easier on you, can I count you in? Continue to fill a box with 25 items that you can eliminate or donate from your home by the end of this week. Can you do it?
If you agree to this challenge and send a photo of your accomplishment, you will be entered to win a copy of my soon to be released e-book "An Organized World". So what are you waiting for, I double-dare you to start de-cluttering today.
Part 3 of my 4 part de-clutter challenge blog post series will reveal 2 more important teachable moments as well as another cheat sheet list of items that you can easily eliminate from your home.