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There’;s only one thing I hate more than cleaning…;decluttering. Let’;s be honest, it’;s a ton of work. But strangely I’;ve become addicted to decluttering every inch of my home. It’;s the after e

There’;s only one thing I hate more than cleaning…;decluttering. Let’;s be honest, it’;s a ton of work. But strangely I’;ve become addicted to decluttering every inch of my home.

It’;s the after effect I’;m hooked on. After a good purge, my home feels peaceful. Everything feels right—open, clean, spacious. I feel unburdened. It’;s like balance is restored. And I can’;t get enough of it.

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I’;ve already decluttered every closet in our home. I’;ve done about 75% of my kitchen cupboards. I already shared my?great pantry purge with you. We’;re working on our garage and storage (utility) rooms, and I have a little bit of work left to do in our laundry room (which was basically my Monica closet).

Now that I’;m on a roll, I can’;t stop, but it took me a while to find the motivation to get started. I’;ve read the books on decluttering and minimalism, but none of them sparked me to action. I understood what the benefits would be, but didn’;t really think they mattered until I experienced them firsthand.

Our pantry makeover was my awakening. Followed quickly by our front hall closet makeover. Now I’;m a regular in the Goodwill donation drop off line, and we just did our first furniture purge with Salvation Army’;s free pick up service.

So how did I?get started? And how do I keep going? Here’;s the three?essential rules I’;m using to declutter our entire home:

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Decluttering takes?an enormous amount of time and energy. For enough motivation to start and finish declutteringaccent pillow case baby canvas decorative, you need a bigger goal than getting rid of clutter. My husband and I have wanted to declutter for years. We’;re drawn to going minimal. But…;we didn’;t take any big steps toward those goals until we decided to sell our home in 2017. Then, decluttering became a necessity to get our house ready to sell and to reduce moving and storage expenses for the move.

My realtor’;s marketing assistant told me she has a friend who pretends to move every two years. It’;s her way of finding the motivation to get rid of accumulated clutter. She gets fed up and looks at her home with fresh eyes. If we were moving next month, what would we get rid of?

Moving or selling a home aren’;t the only goals that work. I’;ve had a lot of?success decluttering when I’;m driven to?improve our home in some way. Here?are a few examples:

Instead of picking a spot to declutter, I recommend thinking through some improvements you want to make in your home. Use those as the motivation to start the decluttering snowball. Once you get started in a few key areas, it gets easier to keep going.

You won’;t get anywhere with decluttering if you slowly consider each and every item to decide if it should stay or go. You need some filters so the hundreds of decisions you’;re about to make are easier, almost automatic.

I?like the premise of Life Changing Magic of Tidying Up, but the “;spark joy”; filter didn’;t really resonate with me. I think some people are more intuitive that way, but I tend to intellectualize everything. I needed some more concrete?guidance, not just a gut check.

It does make logical sense to declutter by category—rounding up all like items before deciding what to keep and what to purge. But that only seems like a practical approach in a small apartment or home. I?did not find that approach?practical for a large?home with kids. In the year after reading?Life Changing Magic of Tidying Up, I didn’;t even start on?my sock drawer, because the whole process seemed too daunting to even start.

Now that?I’;m in decluttering mode, my mind keeps coming back to my favorite decorating quote:

“;Have nothing in your house that you do not know to be useful, or believe to be beautiful.”; –; William Morris

The real keepers are the things that are beautiful and useful. Deciding whether or not something is useful, even if just for decorative purposes, is easier for me than deciding if it “;sparks joy.”;

Here are the filters I use?to decide what to get rid of:

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Unless it’;s something sentimental, nothing in your home that you know to be useful or believe to be beautiful should be coated in dust. If you have to use a damp cloth to dust it off, it must go. I found so many dusty things in closets that might have a useful purpose, but the dust that collected on them was evidence that I wasn’;t using them. I dusted them off and donated them to someone who might actually put them to good use.

Would I buy it again today?

Anything that isn’;t fitting with your lifestyle right now must go. This filter was especially helpful to me while I decluttered my closet. At first I planned to try everything on and keep only the items that currently fit me. But I had this section of my closet filled with black, brown, and gray dress clothes—the uniform of my days in the corporate world. I don’;t even buy that style of clothes anymore and there was no way, even if they fit, I would wear such drab outfits ever again. So, I skipped trying any of that garb on and put it straight into the donation pile.?Decluttering my closet went really fast after that. Now, my eyes light up every time I walk in to see my colorful wardrobe of only pieces I love.

This is also a helpful filter for those things you “;got such a great deal on.”; If you were faced with the decision to buy the item again today, at full price, would you? If you wouldn’;t pay full price for the item now, then it clearly?isn’;t valuable to you and shouldn’;t be clogging up your home. Just admit you were only attracted to the item because of the deal, then let it go.

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Anything unopened or with a price tag still attached?obviously never found a purpose in my home. I think we’;ve all brought home clothes, decor, and other knick knacks that we never ended up using or were too lazy to return to the store. I donated anything unopened or unused.

De-Duplicate

One thing I noticed when I started decluttering was all the duplicate items we had. Seriously, how many sets of sheets do we need for each bed?

I remember when we moved from our first home to our second, we went through all of our stuff and got rid of duplicates. Our kitchen cupboards were loaded with doubles of everything from our bachelor and bachelorette days. We didn’;t need two toasters, two blenders, and two mis-matched sets of dinnerware. We kept the ones that were in the best condition and got rid of the duplicates.

I think it’;s also important to notice when one new item can replace multiple old items. We used to make smoothies with a NutriBullet (which didn’;t last very long). A year and a half ago?we upgraded to the Ninja Kitchen System (which we love). At the time, I put the NutriBullet in the cupboard just in case. A few weeks ago, I was decluttering in the kitchen and realized not only could I finally get rid of the NutriBullet (which hasn’;t been touched since we got the Ninja), but I could also get rid of the blender and food processor. The Ninja system does it all better than our old individual appliances.

This year when we were trying to decide what to get my in-laws for Christmas, I noticed all the small appliances littering their countertop and it first thought, they don’;t need anything for the kitchen. But then we were trying to make green smoothies with my mother-in-laws NutriBullet and it was leaking all over the place. The smoothie came out chunky and it was no wonder she told us she stopped drinking green smoothies. We got them the Ninja so they could get rid of half their small appliances and make smoothies that taste good. It was the gift of health and decluttering all wrapped up in one small appliance.

Decluttering takes time and mental energy. To avoid being completely drained by the process, you have to remove as many obstacles as possible. You need to keep the process simple enough to do on autopilot. The filters above are a good place to start, but there’;s more you can do to streamline the whole operation.

One other thing I try to do as much as possible is make decluttering fun. On The Lively Show (one of my fave podcasts), Jess talks often about making everything as pleasurable as possible. She did a great two-part series with Alissa Vitti on embodying pleasure in our daily lives?(and no, it’;s not all about sex or food). I love keeping pleasure?in mind when I’;m doing chores. So when I set off on decluttering, I thought?how can I make this more pleasurable?

There are three main ways I make decluttering more enjoyable:

Have you started spring cleaning and decluttering? I’;d love to know your tips for making decluttering less of a drag. Please share in the comments below.

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