How to Effectively Keep Your House Decluttered
In this article, we’ll learn how to effectively keep your house decluttered and what you can do to maintain your home’s balance. These decluttering tips will help keep you organized as well as to maintain your home’s functionality. These easy tips will help to keep your home decluttered for long-lasting organization.
All of the struggles we face when decluttering are different and unique, but everyone on this journey has experienced at least one or more them. You’re in good company, and we’re going to go through how you can make your decluttering session last a whole-lot-longer so you don’t have to tear your house up over, and over, and over again.
If you’re just starting your decluttering journey, take a peek at How to Start Decluttering & Live Minimally. This easy how-to will start you off on the right foot on how to start your journey or regain your focus. Easy to implement mindsets and motivation will have you decluttered in no time!
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The Constant Clutter and Decluttered Battle
Whether you’re a decluttering pro or a beginner, clutter will continually creep in if your habits remain the same as they did before you decluttered.
Everyone battles the constant feeling of moremoremore and newnewnew where we just end up accumulating things rather than upgrading/recycling.
Think of it this way:
You wouldn’t buy three television sets in one shopping round, so why are you collecting kitchen utensils like this?
I am all for free-passes when it comes to decluttering. I am sentimental about decluttering sentimental items and I admit, some get a free pass. Some.
But think of these free passes with intention. Are you really going to use those three televisions or are two just going to sit there because what if? Will you wear all four of those leggings or are you just bulk-buying for that what-if?
Don’t let yourself fall into this future-buying. You will always be able to get something in case something goes awry. You will never be stuck without an item for long!
Now that we got that off our chests, let’s talk about what we can do now that everything is decluttered and how we can effectively keep your house decluttered!
Finding your Intention
Every item in your home has a purpose, especially after you declutter. Not only does everything have a place, but everything has a purpose.
If you’ve followed the A Completely Organized Living Space Series, you’re already ahead of the decluttering game. Don’t worry, this series can be done at any time and at any pace, if you’re looking for a thorough decluttering method.
With all of the articles here, you’ll hear me talk about intention a lot. What does that mean to you? Finding your intention can be a scary phrase, but it’s so simple it seems complicated. Let me rephrase:
“When you’re decluttering your house, why are you doing it?”
Are you decluttering because you’re running out of space? Do you have too much of one thing? Or maybe you’re just looking to uncomplicate your daily life? Whatever your answer is, that’s your intention and it’s important if you’re looking to stay decluttered.
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Setting Boundaries and Expectations
After decluttering and knowing your intention, it’s important to have a game plan for how you’ll acquire things and what’s “allowed” in your living space.
Make yourself a list of what is okay to take up residence in your home. Clothes, books, movies, so on and so forth. Being mindful of what you’re okay with acquiring more of makes:
Future decluttering easier
When you know what’s coming through the doors, it’s easy to stop yourself before you’re looking at too much of one thing. The same is true for knee-jerk purchases, since you’ve taken away the “I need this NOW” thoughts with this list.
Don’t be too hard on yourself if you have some items that are there for nostalgia or sentimental reasons. Again, free pass for some stuff, but be mindful of how many passes you’re giving things.
Setting realistic goals for your Home
This can be easily overlooked when you’re elbow-deep in clutter, but again this goes back to your intention.
Why are you decluttering your home? What brought you to the clutter in the first place? Was it too many what-ifs or was it impulse?
With the answers to these questions, you can begin to set out goals for your home that fit your lifestyle. When you’re looking at goals, think of the long-term and the short-term. Is your decluttering apart of a bigger lifestyle shift of simplifying or are you down-sizing for a smaller living space?
When you acknowledge your goal, it’s easier to stay on track with what comes into your living space.
Impulses happen to even the most goal-driven declutterers, but dusting yourself off and sitting back down with what you envision for your home is important.
Tracking Your Struggles
When you’re starting a new lifestyle, tracking your struggles are a huge step in bettering yourself and preparing for those short-comings if they arise again. When you find yourself struggling, write down why you’re struggling and be honest with yourself.
If you’re struggling with buying another pair of pants, is it because you’re looking for something new or you just want it out of impulse?
Identifying impulse versus want/need is important after you’ve decluttered because you can begin to track your habits.
Keep a journal or a note in your phone, where you track your habits. Even if you’re on the go, jot down the situation in your phone so you can revisit it later.
Giving yourself time to let your decisions cook is crucial. When you step back from that impulsive situation, you can look at the big picture and make a mindful decision rather than working off of impulse!
THE COMPLETELY ORGANIZED AND CLUTTER FREE SERIES
If you’re looking for real solutions to clutter and organization, be sure to check out the Completely Organized & Clutter Free Series!
Each room is a deep dive to get you at a solid foundation for starting a new routine to stop those bad habits from keeping you from being clutter free.
Along with a free printable workbook, each post goes into detail of how to effectively organize your home to start working with you and not against you.
The schedule of this series is completely up to you. You can start with one room and move through every day for a week, or you can go through at your own crossing one item off your list at your own pace. It’s completely up to you.
The Completely Organized & Clutter Free Series is all about finding the right balance for you, your family, and your schedule.
So many times, I spent following tutorials and finding out they just didn’t work for my own schedule. In this series, I wanted something to be diverse and inclusive enough to help others who didn’t have an entire day to declutter and organize.
Each room breaks down bit by bit what it takes to starts a new routine and builds on sustainable habits for maintaining an organized and clutter free home.
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