If you want to move forward and live the life of your dreams you must get rid of the clutter. I’m sure that you love your “stuff” but when was the last time you really combed through it all and parted with stuff you don’t need?
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Get Rid of the Clutter
Before you begin to think about the clutter in your home, let me tell you what clutter is.
According to the dictionary, clutter is “a collection of things lying about in an untidy mass.” Do you have things lying around in an untidy mass? I sure do. If I’m being honest, I have four closets that need to be cleaned out, a pantry, and the entire garage. There are hoodies that I don’t wear, games we don’t play, and linens that we never put on the beds. I can find broken dog toys, worn out shoes, and socks whose mates ran away years ago. Don’t get me started on the old computers that we’ve replaced but for some reason couldn’t part with the old ones. How many computers does one family need? And why do I have so many school supplies? Seriously I have one kid left at home and she goes to school online!
This type of stuff is not the only clutter that floods our lives.
Get rid of the clutter that crowds your mind.
Do you have clutter in your mind? What does that look like? Mind clutter can be many things:
- Past hang-ups
- Past hurts
- Past failures
- Broken relationships
- Task lists
- The unknown future
- Overscheduled calendars
- And so many more…
There is a common theme among a few of the items that clutter the mind. Get rid of the clutter in your mind that keeps bringing up the past. I know, easier said than done, right? How do I get rid of the memories that clutter my mind with negativity? Here is a small task that you can do to help remove the clutter that clogs your thought process.
Take a deep breath.
Acknowledge that “it” happened. Speak to it as though “it” was a person. “I acknowledge that you happened. I’m sorry for the situation but I am no longer going to give you room in my mind.” Cast that thought out and release it from your mind. You may need to do this every time that thought begins to haunt you. Extend forgiveness where it is needed even if it is to yourself.
Remember, it is the past and it cannot be changed. Do not allow mind clutter to keep you from living the life of your dreams. I choose to pray and give the past to God. I ask him to take the bad and turn it to good. I select a scripture to read and to think about rather than the “it” that wants to creep back in and clutter my mind. I tell Alexa to play worship music so that my mind stops thinking about the negative past and begins to dream about the positive future.
There is nothing you can do about the past but you have the choice to move into the future with a fresh start or to drag that clutter right along with you. Make the choice today to get rid of the clutter in your mind and in your house.
How do you get rid of the clutter in your home?
I think it depends on how much clutter there is, how big is your home, and whether you are moving out any time soon.
How to declutter large homes: One room at a time. I believe that if you live in a larger home, I guess more than 1500 sq. ft. then you should begin with one room a day. Take, for example, the bathroom. Go in with a trash bag and dispose of anything that is unusable, broken, or outdated. Be sure to dispose of medications properly. Then, look at what is left. Is there something that has been sitting on the shelf for a year and never gets touched? Get rid of it. Finally, clean the bathroom.
This task should take no more than 20 minutes depending on the size of the bathroom. You can look at it with joy and feel like you accomplished something because you did! It will give you the motivation to keep moving forward. Tomorrow, take on another room or even just a closet.
Give yourself time to get rid of the clutter
How to declutter smaller homes.
If your home is under 1500 sq. ft. You should be able to declutter in a matter of only a few days. Of course, this depends on how much clutter has been building up and for how long. You may have inherited a home full of collectibles, generations of clothing, and more stuff than you can imagine. Still, use the same tactic and tackle that clutter one room at a time.
Unless you are pressed for time and must vacate your property in a week or two, I suggest you declutter your home in stages. Remember that small things add up to big things. If you accomplish one closet it will motivate you to do another one.
It is up to you what you do with the clutter. I suggest that you throw away or recycle broken items, donate what you can, and sell what you can get a few bucks for. Recognize that this is a time-consuming process and that without help, you will not get it all done in one day. Give yourself a break, a pat on the back, and a smile because in time, with baby steps, it will all get done.
Get rid of the clutter in your home and in your mind so that you can move forward and live the life of your dreams.
Tips and tricks:
- Hire help
- Bribe volunteer help with pizza
- Play motivational music while you work
- Give yourself a timeline
- Schedule dates and times when you will begin and end the work
- Find places to donate items
- Recycle as much as you can to keep trash out of the landfills