Happy Wednesday! Is it as beautiful in your neck of the woods as it is in ours? It’s been gorgeous this week thus far, and definitely already feeling like summer. I’m loving getting a little sun on my arms throughout the day – perks of working from home! I feel like it rained here all spring, so a few days of sunshine has been uplifting and good for my soul. And my wannabe tan.
We’ve got some exciting things going on around here, which has led to some crazy cleaning! I thought I’d share my tips for decluttering, in case you’re also feeling the need to throw away all the things.
Here we go. Grab ya a cup of coffee, your to-do list, and put on those big girl panties.
10 Tips For Decluttering Like a Mom Boss
1. Be aggressive. B. E. Aggressive. Haven’t touched it in a year? Throw that crap away. This isn’t the time to play nice – if you really want to declutter you’ve got to stick to your guns and minimize the stuff. Try to channel your inner minimalist as much as possible. No junk pile shall go untouched!
2. Be strategic with childcare, nap time, and bedtime. Consider this your new role – trash ninja. You’ve got to take advantage of the times you have at the house alone, free of other hands and opinions. The last thing you need is a tiny tyrant coming behind you and undoing all your hard work. Or emptying that trash bag you just filled up with your goodwill gems.
3. Go with your gut. Has your spouse not moved that random junk box on his dresser in 3 years, let alone not know what’s actually in it? I’m giving you free reign to bypass the asking-of-permission and go ahead and assign that junk a new home: the trash. Basically, if you don’t think he’ll notice you even touched it, don’t waste time asking because you know that pack rat will think of a reason to keep it. (Maybe speaking from experience 😉 ) Just make a decision and move on! Same with your stuff – give yourself 30 seconds to decide yay or nay. If it takes you anymore time or energy to decide whether something is worth trashing/donating or keeping, you will never get anywhere.
4. Go room by room, don’t try to clean the whole house at the same time. Do one room. Then the next. You will overwhelm yourself if you hop around the whole house. Stay honed in on one space at a time. How do you eat an elephant? One bite at a time.
5. Don’t make the mistake of cleaning out the closet after you’ve already cleaned the room. As backwards as it feels, start with the closet first. That way you can free up some space for things in the room you actually want to keep, but maybe just want to put away for now. Plus, cleaning out a closet often results in a huge mess in the room anyways! Better to save yourself the trouble, and only make one mess!
6. Turn the TV off, but crank up the tunes. You’ll be a whole lot more productive if you’re not distracted by the tv.
7. Organization is the key. Utilize tubs and small containers for things you want to store and label everything diligently! I like using plastic tubs instead of cardboard boxes because I feel like my things are kept safer and cleaner. Plus it instantly makes you feel more organized.
8. Give yourself a timeframe and an end goal. Tell yourself you have till the end of the weekend to knock it out. Or pick a day and make it your mission to spend all day decluttering.
9. Think seriously about what is a NEED and what is just STUFF. You don’t need near as much stuff as you think! If you have no serious sentimental attachment to it, and aren’t going to actually USE it, get rid of it!
10. If all else fails, hire someone to declutter for you! Sometimes a fresh set of eyes is necessary! Plus if you really don’t have time, or it stresses you out too much, it’s not a bad thing to ask for help.
BONUS: Make a new rule for keeping your belongings at bay – anytime you buy something new, donate or get rid of something in its place.
Halfway through the week! You got this!
How do you declutter? What tip would you share? Do you prefer cleaning and decluttering yourself, or hiring someone?