How are you supposed to find time to declutter when you're already at max capacity?
This is a trouble shooting episode and blog for you to help you figure out how to declutter as a mom. If you have tried to declutter before without success you need to where the holes in your decluttering plan and efforts are and then fill them up. In less metaphor-y words… what are the problems you are having while decluttering and how to solve them.
If you feel like you have been decluttering for a long time, doing a lot of work, and still not making progress this is for you. Let's brainstorm together. It could be one or many of these.
- You are unclear on what decluttering is. Let's give some definitions real quick… decluttering is the act of getting things out of your possession for good. Organizing is putting together what is left in a cohesive way. Cleaning is removing dirt and grime. These definitions matter so that you can use your time and energy in the most efficient way.
- You are not following through with the final step of letting it go means you haven't actually been decluttering. You've been clutter shifting, and that means your work is happening, and then it's coming undone or feeling incomplete as you stare at the piles you created. So, of course it feels like you aren't making progress. You are doing a whole lot of work, but not actually reducing your workload by decluttering.
Organization is needed, but only when you have an amount of stuff that can be managed.
- You are re-accumulating. REcluttering. This happens when you don't have a clear vision of why you are decluttering and how you want your new way of living to be. I know it can be hard for some people to visualize this, and stick to consuming less. It helps to create boundaries for your new incoming things. Some ways you can do this is to create a budget, or create a temporary hold on new things coming in so you can live in your newly decluttered space for a bit. Only allow things to fit into the space you have available.
- You aren't being efficient with your time or efforts. You spend a lot of time trying to figure out what to do. Researching, listening to podcasts are something you do, but no action is taken on what you learn. You need a clear start to finish path. having that allows for flexibility in the time it takes to complete it.
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