Declutter Challenge Check In

I hope you’re doing as well as you can during this challenging time. I have definitely struggled with motivation when it feels like the days just blend into each other.

As we’re forced to stay home a lot more that we are used to, I know quite a few of you are using this time to sort through things and organise your space to work better for you. If you want a declutter checklist and template you can check out my last declutter blog post here.

I find that going through decluttering always triggers a few things for most people, such as:

  1. I don’t have time to finish a whole area in one go“. For some people this can cause them to beat themselves up for “not being organised enough”. This is not particularly helpful, so if this is how you feel right now, remember that getting started with something and taking your time to complete it fully (in steps if you need to) is not failure, but progress!
  2. I need to change the order of the declutter areas“. No sweat my friend, that’s why you have the checklist. Swap the order around however you like, but make sure you track your progress and tick things off that list!
  3. How much of my stuff should I declutter in the first round?” It’s totally up to you. I always recommend to start with what seems reasonable for you and then come back and declutter again in 3-6 months time. In this weeks video I share some of my most recent wardrobe declutter (just before Covid19 shutdown). It’s amazing to me that I still get rid of things every few months after actively decluttering regularly for a few years.
  4. How to dispose responsibly of things during Covid19 times? As I write this in early May 2020, it’s a bit difficult as charity shops are closed and selling/swapping/donating things to others is not encouraged. Of course there are still a lot of things you can get rid of that is either recycling or trash. For anything else, simply just box/bag it (make sure to label it!) and come back to sell/donate it once the current situation passes. It’s good to have a spot in your storage/garage or similar to gather these things so you know exactly where they are when you can get rid of them.

I know it’s not easy to spend this much time at home, but I’m choosing to see it as a valuable pause and chance to continue to make my home more welcoming and nurturing. Having space and harmony in your home is probably more valuable now than ever.

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