Nine years ago, I snuck into my kids’ room and removed the majority of their toys while they were sleeping.
(You know you’re a parent when you find yourself decluttering a closet with a flashlight. 😂)
The next morning, I watched my toddler boys with trepidation, afraid of the meltdowns that might happen when they noticed that the majority of their toys had disappeared.
To my surprise, they didn’t freak out. In fact, they played that day better than they had in MONTHS.
After that, I tackled the kitchen… and then my side of the master closet…
Before long, our home had transformed, but funny thing—*I* had transformed too.
I no longer felt like I was drowning under all of our STUFF. I could breathe again. I could play with my kids and relax with my husband, talking and connecting instead of constantly moving and maintaining.
It feels good. Amazing, in fact.
Let’s get this for you, too.
I’d to invite you to grab my free PDF of 100 things you can get rid of—starting today! Room by room, I highlight 100 things that I’d bet 100 dollars you can live without. 😉
Grab it here! 👇👇
I’ve got the list! Now what?
Now that you have a better idea of what you can get rid of, I want to make sure you don’t leave without a clear picture of how to get started.
Thousands of families want to live with less stuff, but if it were as easy as it sounds to just “get rid of it,” we’d all be living in clutter-free homes—and that’s obviously not the case.
Try any of these strategies to get started on your decluttering journey.
3 Decluttering Strategies For When You’re Just Starting Out
1. Start with one small area—like the cabinet under your bathroom sink.
Get rid of everything you don’t regularly use, organize the things you do, and commit to keeping it that way. Going forward, notice and lean into the satisfaction you feel every time you open that cabinet. It’s empowering, right? Most people find that the new sense of wellness they feel every time they open that cabinet leads them to declutter another cabinet. And another. And another. 😉 But the key is to start small and to pay attention to how the new space makes you feel.
2. Try the trash-bag method.
Do a sweep of your house with a trash bag in hand, timing yourself to see how quickly you can fill the bag. You can choose where the bag is headed—trash, recycling, or a donation center. One reader said her record for filling a bag was 45 seconds! Think of this as power decluttering.
For insurance that this strategy helps you make real progress, plan to do it right before your trash gets picked up or right before you do a donations dropoff. That way you won’t be tempted to change your mind about the clutter you’ve cleared.
3. Set a timer for 10 minutes.
Clear clutter in one area for 10 minutes, and when the timer rings, you’re done—guilt free. If you happen to want to continue, set your timer for another 10. But keep in mind that every time that timer dings, you’re free to stop, without feeling bad about it for a second. Instead, look at what you got done in just 10 minutes, and allow yourself to feel that wave of accomplishment and growing confidence.
More strategies here: 10 Clutter-Clearing Strategies that Will Gradually Make Your Life 100 Times Easier
I hope these simple strategies and my list of 100 things to get rid of help you clear the clutter that’s holding you back—so you can devote more of your energy to the things you care about most. 💕
In the comments, I’d love to hear about where you’re at on your decluttering journey! What’s one thing that keeps you from really getting started?
You’ve got this, friend!
PS. Don’t forget to grab your free PDF! Print it and hang it somewhere you’ll see it often, and get decluttering! A calmer, lighter home is waiting. 🙂