Day 1 of help declutter my home – When clutter is weighing you down.

Do you ever feel like clutter is weighing you down?  It can be any kind of clutter: physical or emotional.  I found help decluttering my home in the tips that I am going to share with you over the next few days, in the hopes that you can find the help that you need, as well.

how to de-clutter your home

Simplifying your life can take the weight off.   If you feel like you are being pulled in so many directions and barely keeping your head above water, this post is for you.   (I should say these posts, since there will be many posts in this series).
If you are thinking about how your house is cluttered or a mess or how you can’t seem to keep up, this is time that you aren’t spending LIVING YOUR LIFE.  Free yourself from the physical things that we have that tie us down.   Let it go and watch your time grow and watch yourself feel BETTER & HAPPIER! 

help declutter my home - breaking free from clutter series

I am going to walk you through the steps to DE-CLUTTER YOUR HOME!   Your home is your haven.  You should feel RELAXED the minute that you walk through your door.  If you aren’t feeling that, you need to make changes and I am going to help you over the next few days (follow me by email or Facebook to stay current with the posts).

I would consider myself to be an organized person.   After all, I’ve written tons of Organizing Posts.

YOU CAN NOT ORGANIZE CLUTTER – YOU HAVE TO GET RID OF IT.

When we start to have too much stuff, it can really put a weight on us.  An emotional weight, but still a weight.  It makes us feel like we have a never-ending list of things to do.   It makes us feel frazzled and in disarray.  It makes our tempers high and our patience low.   Do you find yourself reprimanding your kids for not cleaning up?   Maybe they have too much stuff and it is overwhelming, even to them.  Do you know who feels our stress the most?  Our kids.  Read this study about what kids think about seeing their parents under stress.

My problem isn’t that it is a mess.  No, I have systems for that (haha!).   I have storage bins, shoe bins, storage benches, toy boxes, coat closets, filing cabinets.  Yep- I am organized.

My problem is that I had too much of everything!   You can’t organize clutter!

That brings us to why we have so much stuff.   That is the first thing that we need to identify.   I, personally, keep things because I either don’t want to hurt someone’s feelings by getting rid of it (if it was a gift, which most of the toys in our house are… gifts from friends, grandparents, etc… for holidays and birthdays) or I don’t want to risk not having it when I need it.    What if I need these 5 cookie sheets?     (I’m not exaggerating here).

Tomorrow (click here for Day two of Help declutter my home )  I am going to tell you about why we need to get rid of things, but before you move to day 2, I want you to make yourself another list (yes, you are adding to your clutter with this list!) and write down the reason that you keep things.  Honestly.

Example:  I keep these 10 packs of return address stamps because I like to have some for each holiday.  No, I don’t really mail letters much anymore.  No, I don’t use even 2% of the ones that I have.  And yet- I keep them.

ps- Don’t let that thought come in that says… “Oh- maybe the kids would like them?  Maybe I should save them.  I could even put them in an envelope just for return address stamps.  Now they will be organized.”  This is what you are trying to get rid of, remember?  We are FREEING ourselves from clutter, not organizing it, not moving it around, not finding a place for it… we are freeing ourselves from it!

Click here when you are ready for Day 2 of our Decluttering series: Clutter is weighing me down

 

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Comments

  1. Susan says

    Yes, yes, yes! This makes so much sense. You cannot organise clutter, you have to get rid of it. Thank you, I’m with you on this one. I will be waiting for tomorrow’s post and will be acting on it. I’m tired of my clutter.

  2. says

    I am an organizing blogger too, but right now I’d be terribly embarrassed for someone to see my home and how cluttered it is. When you get busy, it is easy for the clutter to just keep up on you. I was packing for a camping trip this weekend and while I was digging around to find our sleeping bags and other items, it was surprising how much clutter I was tripping over. Time to set up a Saturday and have a big “attack the clutter” party. I’m sure I can get at least 5 or 6 bags of stuff out of my house! #SITSSharefest

  3. says

    God made decluttering easy for us: we moved twice, had two floods, and are moving to Nepal. :-) I cannot tell you how much I wish I had gone through this process five years ago. The freedom of less stuff is so, so worth the effort.

  4. says

    I randomly clicked on two images that “spoke to me” at the http://proverbs14verse1.blogspot.com/ link party and both times I landed at your blog!!

    Wow, God does speak in amazing ways. Rirst it was at your post of teaching children to stop looking everywhere and look up and that was a direct message to me.

    Secondly, of late He has been speaking to me about clutter and I must now schedule time not to try and organize clutter but to get rid of it.

    Thank you for being faithful to your calling.

  5. says

    Love your line, “YOU CAN NOT ORGANIZE CLUTTER – YOU HAVE TO GET RID OF IT.” Amen, sister! I recently “switched gears” (not opening a retail store I had hoped to), so I have a lot of extra stuff I won’t be needing. Sure, I love all of it…but wanting to keep it and having the space to keep it are two very different things. Time to do some sorting and selling. I’ll be watching your series with great interest. :)

  6. says

    Love this! Thanks for posting! I’m about to undergo a September purge – I want to get rid of 50 things!

    Stopping by from army wife to suburban life linkup!

  7. says

    Great point – you can’t organize clutter!! We bought a new house recently. As I have been unpacking I’m realizing that some of the stuff I was saving for “someday” I probably won’t ever really use. Clutter is stressful, and trying to organize it is overwhelming. Thank you, the timing of this is perfect :)

  8. says

    Might not be the newest post but totally worth showing on the sayg’day link party. Reminded me of the need to dump not just move around. Fran @ travelgenee

  9. says

    My husband and I just went through some major decluttering as we just moved overseas with only a few suitcases to our name–and yes, it’s very freeing indeed to not have so much stuff!

  10. says

    I struggle so hard with this and have been slowly working on it. It has to get to a really bad point before it start to really weigh me down! Thanks for a great post and linking up with Family Fun Friday!

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