So, you’re fed up with your cluttered house and have finally decided enough is enough. Do you wonder how to declutter your home in a week and if this is possible?
Decluttering your home goes far beyond having a sparkling streamlined home that’s easy to maintain and clean. It’s about making your life easier and more comfortable and ultimately, creating a warm and inviting zen haven for you and your family.
This is a reward that is well worth the effort.
In addition to the immediate benefit of having a tidier and nicer-looking home, decluttering has other powerful benefits, some of which go beyond the tangible.
It declutters the mind.
Our minds are constantly processing everything around us even if we aren’t aware of it.
Clutter and mess cause the brain to go into overdrive, processing all the forms, shapes, and colors in a space, often leaving us feeling drained and tense.
After you declutter, you will notice that you feel calmer and happier in your space because your mind is calmer.
Read my post here and learn more tips on how to declutter your mind.
Decluttering relieves stress
Naturally, a decluttered mind will mean lower stress levels. In fact, a study carried out at UCLA found that families who lived in cluttered homes had higher levels of stress and tended to have more confrontations. In other words, decluttering is a great stress-buster!
Decluttering saves money
Once you experience the peace of mind that comes with a neat, decluttered home, you will be inclined to make wiser buying decisions to avoid bringing new clutter into your space.
You will buy only what you really need – and plan beforehand where the item will go in your home and if you really have room for it.
You will actually be amazed at how much money you were spending on things you didn’t really need. Getting rid of duplicate gadgets and appliances that are just taking up space will also save money on maintenance and upkeep.
It makes cleaning easier
This is a no-brainer. Less stuff makes for easier cleaning and less time spent on cleaning. Your home will also stay cleaner longer because there’s less clutter to gather dust.
Decluttering frees uptime
Less cleaning and maintenance means you have more time to spend on things that bring you real value and enrichment, such as spending more time with family and friends, pursuing causes you are passionate about, or spending more time outdoors.
It transforms your mindset
When you step inside your door into your neat, sparkling home and experience the peace and tranquility it brings you, you will reflect on your lifestyle.
You will begin to realize that our crazy, consumer-driven culture does not bring us happiness after all. A simpler lifestyle with fewer possessions will allow you to focus on the truly valuable things in life like family, friendship, travel, and improving your mind. These are the things that bring happiness and contentment.
Click here and read my post to learn tips on how to declutter your mind.
The bottom line is that decluttering has a profound effect on your overall wellbeing.
Decluttering Key Rooms
The first four days of the challenge involve a major decluttering of the rooms that are used most often in the home. Once you have done this, you will have completed half the challenge.
Remember, the goal is to declutter and not to organize or rearrange. That will come later.
Day 1: Declutter Bedrooms
Head for the closets!
The rule here is that anything that hasn’t been worn in 6 – 12 months simply has to go. The same applies to things that don’t fit well and duplicate items of clothing.
Keep only the clothes that you currently wear, including shoes, handbags, belts, and other accessories.
Sort the clothes into three boxes: those that need to be thrown out altogether, those that can be donated and those that you absolutely want to keep but store away (these are things that have sentimental value like a wedding dress or a sweater your grandmother knitted for you years ago but of course, you never wore).
Do the same for all drawers and shelves in the bedrooms.
Get rid of books, gadgets, and knickknacks that are just sitting there gathering dust. Sort them in boxes to be donated or stored later.
Tackle the nightstands, which always tend to be cluttered with tissue boxes, phones, medicine, and other junk.
Declutter and place these things in the drawer, where they are still close at hand but out of sight.
Nightstands should be bare except for a bedside lamp!
If you have a vanity table, get rid of items like unused hairbrushes, perfume bottles, and accessories you never wear. Keep only the things you use on a daily or regular basis.
Sort toys in your kids’ bedrooms keeping only the ones your kids play with often.
Get rid of old stuffed toys unless they have a sentimental value, games your children have outgrown, broken toys like Barbie dolls without arms, deflated balls and that old Barney doll the dog chewed up.
A colorful touch is a great way to keep all your kids’ toys close at hand but out of sight when not used.
Another great way to declutter a child’s bedroom is to enlist the help of your kids in a fun game, where they choose four or five of their favorite toys to keep in their rooms and store everything else away in a hall closet.
These toys can later be replaced with five new ones from the storage closet when the kids get bored with the ones they have.
Tips For Day 1 Success!
Get the family involved
Involve your family in the day 1 part of the challenge, including your spouse or partner.
They should be responsible for deciding what items of clothing they want to keep (while applying the 6 – 12 months rule) and get rid of the rest.
That way, you will avoid the blame of throwing out a favorite sweater or shirt.
Be firm and don’t waver.
Get rid of everything you don’t need. Don’t argue with yourself that the green evening dress is still in fashion and may come in handy on a special occasion – just ditch it.
You can always buy a nicer one if that future special occasion does come up.
Again, toys and items of clothing with sentimental value that you absolutely can’t part with can be stored away, but should not be cluttering your closets and drawers.
When you are done, all closets drawers and shelves should contain at least half of what was in/on them before.
Well done, the day 1 mission has been accomplished!
If you had fun on day 1 of the challenge, join me here in the next post on how to declutter your home in a week, days 2 to 4.
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