With Spring fast approaching I am taking some much needed time to clear out our storage room clutter…and so the purging begins! For many this can be a very emotional process. However, once you’ve actually taken the time to reflect and ask yourself why have I kept this? Does it really spark joy for me?  Am I just afraid that I might need it one day? When was the last time I used this? this process becomes a little less daunting.

“Out of clutter, find simplicity.” ― Albert Einstein

When you have accumulated a lot of stuff, decluttering your home can feel overwhelming. But decluttering is just about putting new systems into place in your life. Getting rid of things gives you time to look after yourself.
Don’t expect to declutter everything overnight.

It has taken you a long time to amass everything, and you won’t be able to get rid of it all straight away.

There are many techniques for decluttering and google and Pinterest have a vast selection on declutter calendars, printouts and challenges. In my search of how to proceed I have chosen the following steps:

Determine where important things go (i.e., keys, new mail and bills, wallet, phone, legal documents, groceries into the refrigerator or pantry/cabinets, etc.). You might even draw a map of your home and work spaces to label where these important items live. Then, take a few minutes every day to put those important things where they belong.

One of the biggest hurdles we face when decluttering isn’t necessarily deciding what needs to go — it’s getting the stuff out of the house. Big piles of unwanted stuff are disheartening to look at: The longer they sit there, the more likely you are to give up on the whole project.  But do not despair!  There are people for this exact kind of thing, and we have a few really good local businesses that will come to your home and remove items you no longer need…call me for details!

Another good idea is to plan an exit strategy for your stuff before you start clearing clutter. Keep it simple: Find one or two places in your town where you can donate or sell used items. Write down the address/hours of operation and give each business a call to double-check the sorts of items they accept.

For everything that is left, take another five minutes to process a few items that are laying around. Use the reflection questions – Why? How? When? And then proceed.

A simple life is not seeing how little we can get by with—that’s poverty—but how efficiently we can put first things first…. When you’re clear about your purpose and your priorities, you can painlessly discard whatever does not support these, whether it’s clutter in your cabinets or commitments on your calendar. – Victoria Moran, author of Lit From Within: Tending Your Soul for Lifelong Beauty