Overwhelmed. I know that feeling well. I used to look around my house and feel hopeless that change was possible. We are a family of five with three sons. Children come with a lot of *stuff* and if you’re not vigilant, clutter can slowly accumulate to the point of overwhelm. How do we become vigilant though, if being vigilant is not exactly “in our nature?” After more than a year of working on it, today I’m sharing the secret to decluttering.
I’m not a naturally organized or clean person. I’m what I like to call “relaxed.” I used to have a serious clutter blindness problem. You know how you pass piles and you don’t even see them because they’ve been there so long? That is clutter blindness.
For me, clutter blindness was a necessity as a mom of three young children. My energy was spent on making sure the children were fed, in relatively clean clothes, making it to school and back, and spending some quality time with them. Editing clothes, toys, and papers was last on the list and rarely performed.
However, clutter blindness, can be overcome. Decluttering can be a natural part of your day and doesn’t have to take hours of time. What is the secret? The secret is making it a habit.What's the secret of #decluttering? Find out here! #startwhenstuck Click To Tweet
The Secret to Decluttering
A what? A habit? Yes! Making it a natural part of your day instead of viewing it as a chore that needs to be taken care of when you have the energy (also known as never).
When I started decluttering I did it out of sheer will. The toys in my children’s rooms were getting out of hand. The closets were getting too full to stuff before guests were scheduled to arrive. The basement had a small path for us to walk to the washer and dryer – the surrounding areas were full of stuff. It was suffocating. Momentum carried me through some long, frantic decluttering sessions. The thing is though, momentum doesn’t last. In order to have lasting change in our lives, decluttering needs to become a habit.
Little did I know, but when I started blogging about decluttering, I was forming a habit. I chose an area to work on one week and took photos of the “before.” Then the following week I wrote about the process and shared my “after” photos. It created a rhythm and a schedule. It provided accountability. It became a weekly habit.
Help for Making it a Habit
If you are looking to declutter and simplify, the secret is to make it a habit. If you need help in establishing the habit, my eBook will walk you step by step through the process. Here’s what Heather said after going through the eBook:
“This book opened my eyes to the fact that I didn’t need more stuff to make me happy and have a beautiful home….quite the opposite. I needed less stuff. Sounds logical, but I didn’t really get it until I emptied out a room and only brought back in things I loved. It looked better and felt more peaceful than it ever had. Angela’s tips for incorporating new daily habits helped me make changes in my life quicker than I had been able to before. What a gift!”
The eBook launched on November 26, 2016 on Small Business Saturday. Click here to find out more information and buy now! If you want a free chapter of the book before committing to buy, sign up below.
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