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Decluttering. Who doesn’t LOVE the feeling of clearing our stuff out. We really underestimate how learning how to declutter your home fast can not only make your house look amazing, but how amazing it can make you feel. Think things neatly in rows, each with a home and colour coordinated. So much excitement!
In an effort to clear out what I no longer need and should be loving (and pass it on to someone MUCH more deserving of it) I decided to buy Marie Kondo’s Udemy course. The thought of trying to figure out how to fold by reading a book just wasn’t my jam.
And I’m so glad I did! I picked up some great decluttering tips from it.
Choose a date to get it done
One of the steps to declutter your home that is suggested by Marie Kondo is to choose a date to complete your decluttering. We all work better when we put an end in mind so grab out that big calendar (or use the sheet we’ve created for you) to choose a date to have your decluttering completed!
Finish it in a maximum of 6 months
Another one of the Marie’s decluttering tips is to try and get your organizing and cleaning done within 6 months. I thought this was a great and fair time frame especially for the busy moms and bossbabes! Especially if you want only get to it every weekend for example.
Do it by category NOT room
A must know trick for how to declutter your home fast is to sort by category not by room. I can’t tell you the countless times I’ve tried to declutter and instead found myself running in between piles to separate categories. This is one of the time saving steps to declutter your home. Instead of running around try to sort things out on the floor, the trick is to manage each category at once by pulling it all out on to the floor and organizing it in one go.
Focus on what you want to keep rather than what you want to throw away
This is decluttering tips for hoarders 101. When we’re clearing things out we stress about what we’re throwing away. So we end up in a hoarder mentality trying to hold to EVERYTHING we can because… we might need/use it one day. Yes. The story of my decluttering life.
But all it takes to fix it and figure out how to declutter your home fast without the constant mental debate of what to throw and what to keep, is to focus on what you want to keep. Not on what you’re losing/throwing away.
Out of all the decluttering tips, this one resonated with me the most. It’s a great way to think about decluttering and life in general. It’s about focusing on what we have and cherishing that. Rather than freaking out about all the things we’re throwing away.
When we focus on what we want to keep, we’re forced to look at all the amazing things we’re holding on it. So it’s easier to #boybye the rest.
Find a home for all your things
One of the most important steps to declutter your home is to find a HOME for the things you’re moving. It’s so easy for clutter to end up on desks or bathroom sinks because we don’t have a place for it. So if you want to learn how to declutter your home fast, find a place for your stuff and return it there!
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Don’t leave lots of space (because we will fill it!)
The final of the decluttering tips from Maries course was NOT to leave a lot of space lying around. It’s important to fill 95% of the space that we have otherwise we’ll find things to add to it.
Claps to Marie for this ingenious idea because we all know when we buy something and we know we have the space for it, it’s a guilt free, easy decision to make. But when most of our space is full, our life feels fuller. So we’re less inclined to buy more and feel like we need to fill up the space.