There’s a load of declutter experts out there with checklists of declutter rules that we are all meant to follow.
But you know what?
Most of these experts – Marie Kondo especially – never had a huge clutter problem. So to be honest, they really don’t get it.
They don’t know for themselves, how truly miserable clutter makes us. Or how hard it is, emotionally and practically, to let stuff go.
And so the declutter rules they tell us to follow fail us in real life. Except they say it’s our fault because we didn’t follow their rules properly!!
So what on earth should we do to declutter our homes successfully?
What declutter rules should we follow?
Well, I’ve been there and I’ve got the t-shirt. I was buried miserable under a mountain of clutter and I cleared it successfully and reclaimed our home.
But it all boiled down to 10 simple declutter rules : 5 golden rules of what we should do and 5 rules of what not to do when decluttering.
10 Simple Declutter Rules
These 10 declutter rules – learned the hard way – are what took me from the very depths of despair about crazy clutter to a simpler, happier home I can enjoy clutter free.
So do give them a go this year and let me know how you get on. I love to hear your stories.
5 Rules Of What Not To Do When Decluttering
- Put if off : waiting till we’re “ready” turns decluttering into a big complicated project rather than a simple doable daily habit.
- Try & blitz it : you can shift 10 bags of clutter in a day but you can’t shift 200. This stuff has taken a lifetime to accumulate, it will not be gone in a week. Be patient.
- Yank stuff out : yanking everything out Marie Kondo style creates a huge unholy mess that leaves most of us feeling even more like a complete failure. Don’t do it.
- Start with clothes : our own clothes aren’t actually what tips us over the edge daily. It’s our kitchen surfaces, living room floors and hallways. Followed by kids rooms, partner’s hobbies and scary paper clutter. So focus your big effort on these.
- Try to be brutal : most of us aren’t ready to make instant on the spot decisions about everything we own. There’s big complicated emotions bound up in all our stuff, so decluttering is a journey of discovery about what truly matters in our lives. In a month or 6 we will happily pass on stuff we couldn’t possibly be parted from on day one.
5 Golden Declutter Rules
- Start today : set a timer for 15 minutes and find a few quick things to chuck out. Get them out of your home. It’s an instant no mess win that motivates you to do more.
- Do a little everyday : letting go of just 10 things everyday will clear over 3,500 in a year!!! And very quickly decluttering will become an easy daily habit you can win at as easily as cleaning your teeth.
- Keep to a time box : your timer is your secret weapon. It keeps you focused, stops you from yanking stuff out into a huge pile of mess and makes every day a success. Do 5-10 minutes daily plus half hour bursts.
- Do easy stuff first : start with anything you are ready to let go so you get into the flow of feeling good about passing stuff on. Don’t worry about other things. You will be ready to be radical later on in your journey.
- Focus on one small area : every day focus on one small area and ignore the rest. This protects us from feeling overwhelmed.
If you stick to these declutter rules – steady as it goes – you truly can shift huge volumes of clutter easily without getting overwhelmed.
It’s worth it I promise you.
I am so much happier without a home full of stuff we never use and it feels like we have space to live again.
I really hope these simple declutter rules help you to declutter successfully. For more support read these decluttering tips:
- Step By Step Declutter Guide
- Simple Declutter Method : Just 10 Things
- 10 Ways To Keep Clutter Out
- Top Declutter Motivation Tips
- 3 Must Ask Declutter Questions
Original image source : Maria Eklind