So many of us are desperate to declutter.
All the stuff cluttering our homes is overwhelming, isn’t it?
But the problem is, so is decluttering!
After years of binge decluttering –
– only to find myself 6 months later with a house full of clutter –
I’m trying to take a different – hopefully more sustainable – approach.
I’m focusing on buying much less.
And letting stuff go little by little.
But I do think there are some simple declutter tips that really can help.
The first is getting over that sense of being so overwhelmed you can’t even get started.
This post from Jen at Clean and Scentsible is really helping for tackling the “decluttering paralysis”
Now, I’m sure you’ve heard of the KonMari method to decluttering.
Even if you haven’t read the book.
My problem with it – OK one of my problems with it – is it’s just too brutal.
We do have emotional attachments to stuff.
Particularly our kids stuff.
It may be plastic. It may be tat. But it’s full of memories.
So I love this post from Tico and Tina which really acknowledges those memories.
But has simple tips on how to hold onto those memories whilst actually getting rid of stuff.
As I said at the beginning, I’m less and less convinced by binge decluttering.
It it JUST like binge dieting.
Unless we change more fundamentally the way we live, the clutter – like the weight – comes back!
BUT I do think there are times when a short blast of decluttering helps.
And getting rid of five bags of stuff really quickly can help us start to live more sustainably.
For some really simple declutter tips to help you chuck out no regret stuff check out these lists.
I love the first one from Clutterless because it just focuses initially on the amount of pure rubbish and recycling we have around our homes.
The second list from Redefined Mom has more very quick suggestions for no regret throw outs.
A final simple declutter tip I really hold onto is this one from the very funny Dana at A Slob Comes Clean about how to declutter without making an even bigger mess …
I really hope these simple declutter tips help you get started.
And create that little bit of space you need to begin living with less.
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