The De-Clutter Process

De-cluttering can be such a freeing process.  For many people, though, it feels like it is an overwhelming, unattainable goal.  I believe that de-cluttering is essential for living the best life you can live.  

                                           (photo courtesy of Bill Longshaw/freedigitalphotos.net)

Take this room, for example.  This is not any one of my client’s rooms as I don’t take photos of any of my client’s rooms.  This was a stock photo off the Internet but I am using it to prove a point.  How can someone live their best life in the midst of chaos?  How can a child enjoy all they have been given if they can’t even get to half of it?  How can you feel like your world is not closing in on you every time you step into that room?  

So, how would I attack a room like this?  A little bit at a time.  I would first go through and see if there is any trash………..yes, trash……..you’d be surprised.  Then I would begin to take one thing at a time and decide what to do with it OR I would begin to divide the items into categories.  You could have a category of cars, games, blocks, clothes, art supplies, etc.  Then once it is divided into categories, I would only put a small fraction of the stuff back in the room limiting  the number of items in the child’s room. 

The same goes for any adult room.  Take one thing at a time, whether it be a shelf, a drawer, a corner, or the top of the dresser. Divide the items you find into categories and then make good, sound, sometimes hard decisions about whether it is adding value to your life and just like the child, limit how many items you get to “play” with or surround yourself with. 

There are two main things that are hard about the de-clutter process – letting go and pressing on, even when you don’t feel like it.  Getting through those two things will open a world of possibilities, allowing you to think about life instead of stuff!  

A Tanzanian Proverb says it best – Little by little a little becomes a lot.  Now go get going, little by little.  


0 thoughts on “The De-Clutter Process”

  1. I love to de-clutter! Actually, I don't even accumulate clutter anymore and am ruthless about what gets to stay in the house. If it's not needed then it's recycled, given away or thrown away. I think this probably comes from having moved house 3 times in 3 years, there's only so many times you're willing to pack things in boxes you know you're never going to use. I travel light now!

  2. Now I think about it, I have a few areas that I need to declutter and hopefully it will help with the energy flow of the house and the health of all who dwell within. Thank you. As always, your posts are well written and beautifully presented and are a delight to read. Amanda HelmiBM

  3. Letting go is the hardest part. When I declutter, I just do it in small bits. Focus on ONE corner or ONE space, work for 15-20 minutes max. Then if I'm feeling overwhelmed, I take a break. Little by little, it gets done.

  4. Way to go Measi, you have a great system and it will get done. Decluttering can be an emotional process so taking it in small chunks of time allows you to not get on complete overload and shut down totally. Good luck on your continued success!

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