How to Handle Decluttering Overwhelm

The philosophy of minimalism is being embraced by people everywhere. It’s appealing to consider simplifying your life by getting rid of unnecessary physical possessions and concentrating instead on the experiences that bring fulfillment.

Except, for many, the actual process of lessening their load can be daunting, especially if you’ve accumulated years of stuff all in one place. For me, as someone who came from a long line of people who loved to keep things, it's a challenge even knowing where to begin.

Let’s make things more manageable and take a look at some specific ways that you can handle decluttering overwhelm. 

Know Your Why For Decluttering

In this world of chaos and unpredictability, it's easy to get lost in everything. Many people use the phrase, “Know your why,”  and it's used as a motivator to remind yourself of the reasons why you're doing anything. 

This same concept is essential for keeping you on-task when the decluttering process becomes difficult. Understanding your reasons for wanting to live without so much clutter is crucial to success. 

Set Aside Time To Declutter

The first step to getting a handle on your feelings about decluttering is to understand that nothing needs to be accomplished overnight.

Set aside a general amount of time for the project, knowing that your timeline can be extended slightly, if necessary. Having a time frame provides structure, but allowing wiggle room takes away the pressure.

Make a Plan For Decluttering

Having a plan is essential to the smooth completion of any goal you hope to accomplish. It only makes sense that mapping out your steps to decluttering would also be beneficial.

Write down things like the order you wish to tackle your clutter, how many rooms or areas you would like to complete each week, the manner in which you want to sell valuable items, and where you will donate the rest. This proactive step can go a long way toward making it all seem more manageable.

Visualize Your Ideal Space

One more thing to do before actually getting down to the business of decluttering is to form an idea in your head of how you’d like your finished space to look. It may even help to jot down some drawings and notes.

Doing so will help you decide what to keep and what to discard because you will have a better idea of whether a particular item will complement your vision. 

Free Declutter Challenge

It’s true that the hardest part is often actually getting started. So don't you know, clutter continues to pile up unless you begin. 

I'm making decluttering easy and stress-free for you with my FREE 5 Day declutter challenge. We take just 10 minutes a day to start freeing yourself up and getting an immediate sense that you can conquer your clutter. Go here to save your place. 

Join the challenge, and you'll receive a $30 discount for my upcoming Declutter Your Life bootcamp as well. It's a limited-time offer though so act fast! 

Over to you: 

What areas of your life do you need to declutter? What will make it easier? What is your why? Let me know. I'd love to support you.

Share this blog post with someone you really care about who may be buried in clutter. 

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