Decluttering on a consistent basis is not easy – especially when starting. I know that when I started decluttering in 2015 I had a new resolve that wasn’t there before. Yet with 3 boys and husband who didn’t necessarily share the same enthusiasm, it’s a slow process. And like any new habit, it takes a while to build up one’s “decluttering muscle”.
I hope that the before and after photos of my decluttering projects will encourage those of you who are seeking to simplify your spaces. Before I started decluttering, I was reading a lot of blogs about simplicity and minimalism. As I was reading, I really wished I could see what their lives were like “before” they had reached their “after”. It would have encouraged me to know that I could get there too.
I am far from done with my decluttering, but there has been progress through the year. My mantra has been and will continue to be – Progress, not Perfection. Striving for perfection can be discouraging, but striving for progress is attainable for everyone. Progress may be decluttering one drawer from start to finish, or it may be decluttering a whole room. Whatever progress looks like for you, I hope that you will take a small step towards achieving it today.
I have tackled decluttering in a few different ways this year.
1. Decluttering by Area:
2. Decluttering through Mini Projects
3. Decluttering:the 30 day Minimalism Game
4. Our Basement
And finally, our basement. Our basement is a space that I’ve dubbed our “area of shame”. Do you have one of those? We have worked on it in spurts and made a large dent in getting the stuff out of the basement, but it’s far from done. Here are posts related to the Basement Declutter:
- Area of Shame
- Basement Clutter Reveal
- Basement Update
- Basement Declutter: One Corner at a Time
- Decluttering with a Spouse
I hope you’ll stick around and share your own progress towards simplifying your space and your life.
Here are some great books that I recommend to keep you motivated in decluttering, minimalism, and simplifying! Click the links to find out more information on the books. I have book reviews on the blog for most of these books.
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