I’ve been avoiding it for months now.
I’ve made excuses.
I’ve averted my eyes.
I’ve sighed about the state of things, and “shoulds” fill my mind, but my energy level just never matches the task.
But now, it’s time.
Time for what you ask?
Time to declutter the basement, what I’ve called our “area of shame” in the past.
When I started decluttering in 2015, the basement was overflowing. There was a small, clear pathway from the stairs to the washer and dryer but that was it. I only went down there when I had to do laundry and quickly came back up.
Do the Visible Spaces First
Our house was better…but also needed a ton of decluttering. Our basement was one of overwhelming spaces that needed decluttering.
Since I started this blog in 2015, our home is feeling much better with some basic systems and routines for decluttering and cleaning. Although we had some great momentum in the basement before, the momentum slowed down and eventually stopped altogether.
I didn’t have the right mindset to declutter in the basement.
My husband and I also stopped talking about the basement and working together.
My focus was on clearing clutter in our house.
Since that time, I’ve developed some helpful daily, weekly, and monthly routines in my life. I’ve also realized that decluttering my home is not a project that is ever complete. It requires our regular attention, or else the clutter creeps in again. Unless we hold our vision for the space, and keep to our systems of maintenance, the clutter will always return!
First Steps in Decluttering an Overwhelming Space
There are a few things I’ve learned since I’ve been decluttering our home which I’ve been implementing since we’ve been working on our basement:
- Focus on your own things if you’re working in a shared space.
- Declutter from a place of gratitude. Also, the importance of changing our negative thoughts into more helpful ones.
- Have a vision or a goal of what you want for your space.
- Pick one next action step that is simple.
- Find some form of accountability. Doing weekly FB Lives on my blog page Setting My Intention has been a huge source of motivation and accountability!
I talk about all these things in my FB Live series. I’m going live every Friday (usually around noon) – I invite you to follow along, and tackle YOUR area of shame.