When You are Decluttering

Decluttering is not a once and done process.

I have been decluttering since the 1970’s! Why? Because stuff keeps coming into my home. Medications and foods go out of date. Things that were once used regularly are no longer used. Things get worn out and damaged.

I am now in the middle of a major declutter. It is a major challenge clearing out rooms, closets, drawers, and shelves of things we no longer need or use. Decluttering a little each day is different than a major declutter because during a major declutter daily tasks are put aside and the focus is on the area you are decluttering. The way I stay on top of everything is during my walk through each evening or morning. I make sure that everything is in order, that dishes are done, that the laundry keeps being run, folded and put away, and if the floors need spot cleaning or vacuuming (I love my new Shark Rocket) I take care of it quickly. We are keeping meals simple.

Today is trash pickup. The amount of trash leaving the house has increased astronomically. Many times I have to close my eyes and pitch things that maybe, just maybe, I could get a little more use out of.

I am making a point of not buying anything that I still have some in my closets. If I have shampoo I am unwilling to get rid of, I am making myself use it. My freezer is full. I will use the food in my freezer and pantry before I buy more of what I have in stock. The other option is to throw out opened product that I will not use or to donate. I purely hate to waste stuff!!

The points to take away are:

·         Maintain what you have already decluttered, organized and cleaned.

·         Keep your minimum maintenance—the most needed tasks—laundry, dishes, bills paid, home in good general order, trash taken out—kitchen and bathrooms sanitary.

·         Keep your meals simple.

·         Keep focused and work consistently and persistently on getting rid of clutter, putting your rooms, closets, shelves, and drawers in order.

Even if you are not up for a major whole house declutter, take a few minutes each day to get and keep your home free of clutter.

When you are decluttering, often things get worse before they get better.

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