How To Declutter Without Feeling Overwhelmed

When I started this journey of adopting the “minimalist” mindset, the first thing that came to mind was to clean out my house and throw away all the stuff that I don’t really need. That way I can start out fresh with a clean slate – right? But here’s the thing — I felt so overwhelmed!! Where do I begin? I don’t live in a huge house but I still need to go through 3 bedrooms, 2.5 bathrooms, kitchen cabinets, the pantry, and what about the piles of boxes hanging out in the garage…

If you ever went on a diet, I think you will understand what I mean. You are motivated to lose weight and, in fact, you are so motivated your goal is to lose 10lbs in one week. You follow a rigorous diet plan and, next thing you know, you’ve given up in couple of days because the plan was just not feasible. The better way, probably, is to slowly adopt a healthy lifestyle by making small changes — start taking short walks, cut down one dessert per day, and try to eat more fruits and vegetables.

My point is maybe the answer to living the minimalist lifestyle is not about how fast or how much you can get rid of things. Instead, it is about having a clear goal in mind (ultimately, we want to live in a house with more space) and embracing the lifestyle on your own pace. However, I do believe it is important to have some sort of a “game plan” or strategy on how to reach your goal (even though your goal is to lose 10lbs, without a good meal and exercise plan, it will be difficult to get there). So, here I wanted to share my “game plan” and hope it can help someone else who is facing the same dilemma as me 🙂

Tip #1 Tackle one at a time

Instead of trying to clean out your kitchen in one day, try to section it into smaller areas (e.g. kitchen cabinets, pantry, kitchen drawers, etc.). If you are a working parent like me and don’t think you have much time to spare, you can break it down even further (e.g. 2 kitchen drawers at a time). Or you can set your cleaning time on the weekends. However way it works for you.

TIP #2 Be Very Clear Of Your Timeline

I think it is important to come up with a timeline by when you want to clean out your clutter by. Although you shouldn’t rush yourself, you should at least set a “deadline.” I’m sure there was a very good reason why you started this journey in the first place, so let’s try our best to reach our goal. For me, I would give myself about a year.

TIP #3 Be Conscious Of What You Are Buying

As much important as cleaning is to be mindful of what you are buying. Your cleaning process may take a while, so you definitely don’t want to fill up that space you worked so hard for to make.

Let’s start small – one thing at a time. I was only able to clean out one kitchen drawer last night, but, hey, at least I’m moving forward and that’s all that matters. Happy cleaning! 🙂

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