The benefits of having a decluttered and organized home is that it will give your mind a well deserved rest after a long day at work. It gives a nice positive feeling because it looks and feels clean, visually pleasant and everything is nicely arranged and organized. The more stuff you have, the more you have to clean. Having a well organized and decluttered place will lower your stress levels and allow you to have more free time for yourself.
8 Reasons Why You Haven’t Decluttered
Here are 8 excuses or reasons many of us use for not getting rid of things we really don’t need.
- You Feel Guilty – The decision to keep an item should be based on the actual importance of an item.
- You Have A Sentimental Attachment – Only allow a limited amount of space for sentimental items.
- You “Might” Need It Someday – Assign a date or event to every item. If you do not at least have a date or event when you will use it, then it needs to go.
- You Spent Money On It – The only question should be how much an item is worth to you today. If you no longer need it, then it should go.
- You Consider it An Investment – Is the item worth something right now? If it is, then sell it. If it’s not, then give it away.
- You Want To Boost Your Image – If your self-esteem is tied up in objects, you need to work on yourself as much as you need to work on eliminating items from your life.
- You Are Saving Items For Family Members – Save only as many items as you can fit in one large box.
- You Find Comfort In Your Possessions – Be unemotional about the decluttering habit.
10 Questions To Hep You Declutter
- Is this item something I use regularly?
- If not is it something I love?
- Am I keeping this out of obligation or expectation?
- Am I holding onto this because I think I should love it?
- Am I saving this just in case?
- Do I have multiples of the same thing?
- Could something else I own do the same job?
- Am I holding onto a broken item to fix one day?
- Is this item worth the time I spend cleaning/storing it?
- Could I use this space for something else?
Reasons To Start Simplifying Now
- Simplifying your stuff is energizing – once you start you’ll want to keep going.
- Decluttering stuff you don’t care about will hep you have a more beautiful, peaceful home.
- Purging loosens your grip on material possessions.
- You discover what you own (and you may realize you need to buy less).
- A simple home is prepared for the future – an easier move, a better remodel.
- If you’re accustomed to simplicity, you can travel light.
- With less things clamoring for attention, you enjoy the things you do keep more.
- Less clutter means less to clean and organize.
- Items you don’t need may be items you can sell.
- Simplifying will help you define your style.
How To Keep A Clean Home
Now that your home is all decluttered and organized, here are some tips to keep your home nice and clean.
Wipe down the counter tops, wipe down the kitchen sink, sweep the floors, and take out the trash.
Once A Week
Wipe down appliances, scrub the toilets, tubs, showers and sinks, clean the mirrors, dust furniture and shelving, change the bed linens, do the laundry, vacuum carpets, rugs and upholstery and mop the floors.
Once A Month
Clean inside the microwave and oven, clean the kitchen and bathroom cabinets, wipe down doorknobs, switch plates and lamps, vacuum the baseboards and heating/cooling vents, and disinfect the garbage cans.
Once A Season
Clean and check the pantry for expired items, air out rooms and drapes, clean throw pillows and blankets, sort through closets to clean/donate/repair items, clean and check the fridge for expired items, wash comforters and duvets, wash windows, and clean the fireplace.
Things You Need To Throw Away
- Old Magazines – Get rid of old magazines you have lying around because chances are, you aren’t going to read them again.
- Receipts, Bills, And Documents – Throw away receipts for items that you aren’t planning on returning and ones that you won’t need to use come tax time.
- Clothes – Use the two year rule for clothes, get rid of apparel that you haven’t worn in two years.
- Books – Go through your bookshelf and gather together books you haven’t touched in months and ones that you aren’t planning on re-reading.
- Medicine and Vitamins – Take a look at your medicine closet and clear out drugs that have expired, medicine that has sat on your shelf for too long, or anything you no longer use.
- Makeup And Perfume – Go through your beauty cabinet and get rid of makeup that’s too old or that you don’t use.
- Jewelry – Go through your jewelry and dispose of the broken costume jewelry, and make plans to sell anything you don’t wear.
- Food – Go through your pantry and fridge and clear out items that need to be thrown out – the old, unused, and rotting.
- Some Memorabilia – Many organizing experts advise to be ruthless and throw away memorabilia like cards and gifts you don’t use.
- Notebooks – If you have a ton of notebooks lying around, take a look at them and throw out the ones you no longer need.
- Old Or Unused Electronics – Sell your electronics on craigslist or ebay, or donated them.
The 10 Commandments of a Tidy Home
- Let go of things (not just material things!).
- Visualize a life free of clutter.
- Keep only the things that spark joy.
- Get rid of the things you’ll use “someday”.
- Respect your home goods for the use they provide you.
- Don’t hold onto things for fear of the future.
- Don’t hold onto things to preserve the past.
- Make an epic clean sweep.
- Don’t store items according to the season.
- Don’t let your possessions control you.
8 Steps To Form The Declutter Habit
- Focus On The Decluttering Habit – Completely focus on the 10-minute declutter habit and avoid adding anything “new” to your schedule.
- Commit To Decluttering For 30 Days – Some habits are easy to build, while others require more effort. Commit to decluttering for the next 30 days (or a month to keep it simple).
- Anchor Decluttering To An Established Habit – Simply find a habit you already do consistently, and then anchor your new behavior to it.
- Pick A Time For Decluttering – The decluttering habit needs to happen immediately after your trigger so you’ll be reminded to follow through on a daily basis.
- Take Baby Steps – Start slow and focus on building the routine first. It’s more important to stay consistent and not miss a day than it is to do the whole 10 minutes.
- Plan For Your Obstacles – Use a concept called “If-Then Planning” where you create scripts to help you overcome these obstacles.
- Create Accountability For Decluttering – Track your decluttering efforts and make public declarations about your new routine. Never underestimate the power of social approval.
- Reward Important Milestones – Focus on building a reward system into the process so you can take time to celebrate the successful completion of your goals.
How To Be More Organized In Your Life
Now that you have your home under control, lets try to tackle and maintain a more organized life!
First things first – Write Things Down
You can use a paper, notebook, calendar, your phone or a computer. It helps you to focus better and declutter your mind. It prevents you from feeling overwhelmed, helps you plan ahead and coordinate with other activities.
Make Schedules & Set Deadlines
Break down goals into smaller steps and try to mark them down on the calendar. This will help you establish a time frame and focus on each goal individually. This will help you feel motivated by keeping track of completed steps.
Don’t Wait – Do It Now
Do things as soon as you can or while you are motivated & aware of the urgency. Studies show that motivation usually dies within 5 seconds of postponing. Putting things off can create additional stress and chaos you really ton’t need or want. It will kill your motivation and leaves you feeling overwhelmed and stuck.
Put Things in Their Place
This will save you time and energy, because you won’t constantly be searching for things. You will be able to easily differentiate between things you need and things that are just in the way. Keeps clutter to a minimum, so things don’t pile up.
Automate Everything You Can
- Clothing – Buy a few essential pieces that you can easily combine to make professional outfits.
- Bills – If you automate your payments, you won’t worry if you made them on time or if you have enough money left in your account.
- Meals – Prepare your meals on the weekend and store them in the freezer.
Time Management Tips
- Leave time in between tasks in case something unexpected happens, leave some buffer time.
- Do the most important things first, this way you can complete the high priority items first and then move onto other tasks.
- Recognize and eliminate time wasters.
- Delegate and have someone help you with the task or completely take it over so you can concentrate on more important tasks.
- List your priorities every day, list them by importance to stay focused.
- Make an action plan for each project, it gives you the perspective you need to stay motivated.
- Synchronize your calendars, keep them in one place to improve organization.
- Minimize interruptions, this will help you concentrate and get things done faster.
- Set realistic goals, it gives you more of a chance to accomplish them.
6 Habits of Highly Organized People
- Get up early – Use the quiet of the morning to focus and make preparations for the day.
- Meditate – It will help you concentrate, relieve stress and restart your mind.
- Eat healthy – A healthy diet gives you energy to actually do your daily tasks.
- Be honest – Be honest with yourself and others, when it comes to things you did, need to do, time, affinity or anything else. Making up schemes and white lies takes to much energy and blurs vision.
- Don’t Procrastinate – Efficiency includes things done today, rather than tomorrow. No postponing, no stalling.
- Take care of your body – Numerous studies confirm that exercise is beneficial to your brain, not just your body. Regular healthy sleep is essential for concentration, energy and efficiency.
Hopefully you walked away feeling a little more motivated to get organized with your home and life! Please feel free to share any comments you have 😉