Overwhelmed By Clutter? Here's Your Action Plan
Leigh Weingus •
What to Do When You're Overwhelmed By Clutter
1. Stop buying new stuff
2. Break the project into tiny pieces
Donate the items you don't want anymore.
3. Give yourself grace
4. Find a decluttering buddy
6. Get rid of broken toys (and other broken items)
You may be tempted to save broken things or clothing with holes in them because they hold sentimental value, because you think you'll fix them someday, or because you think you still use or wear them in their broken or tattered state. But trust on this one: You probably won't. So unless you're planning to get a toy repaired or a hole in a blouse sewn up, it's probably time to get rid of it. If you feel really strongly about a certain object or clothing item, you can save it in a box somewhere—but please, only do this with a few select pieces!
5. Donate your items mindfully
Decluttering doesn't mean you're throwing everything away. While some things will inevitably end up in the trash or recycling bin, your decluttering efforts will likely feel a lot more purposeful if you research places to donate and feel like your items are getting a great second home. Goodwill and The Salvation Army are reliable organizations for donations, but you can always research the best places to donate in your area.
6. Don't get discouraged
Let's face it: Decluttering can get discouraging, especially when it feels like you're barely making a dent. But trust us, if you keep a slow and steady pace, you will end up with the minimalist, non-overwhelming, completely decluttered home of your dreams—and you'll be so happy you made the effort.
7. Pretend you're moving
This concept is a little abstract, but hear us out. When you're moving, you clear clutter without thinking about it. This happens because you come across things you didn't realize you had. Most people then realize they have no interest in taking them to their new home. And guess what? They usually don't end up missing them. If you get yourself into an "I'm moving" mentality as you start your clutter-clearing journey, you'll probably find that clearing clutter is significantly easier.
8. Put like with like
This is a well-known organization tip: If you're organizing a room in your home, whether it's your kitchen or bedroom, you'll want to put similar objects together. So all the Tupperware should go in the same place, drinking glasses, silverware, the list goes on. This tip will stop you from accumulating more clutter, because you'll have a better idea of what you have. Plus, your home will feel more organized and clutter-free!
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