Regular decluttering is an effective way to purge the old and make way for the new. I find the change of seasons to be an opportune time, so September is my favourite as the kids are back in school and I have a little more free time to get things done.
Seasonal decluttering is a great way to keep the flow going through the home. Let’s not stop there though, there is daily and weekly decluttering, there’s decluttering your home, your office, your mind, your social media, wherever the shoe fits. All areas provide a certain sense of confidence and empowerment. Having a regular routine to “clean house” is healthy and beneficial in many ways. Out with the old and make room for New!
I know for myself where there is less chaos there is more harmony. When the house is tidy and everything in its place then the family functions more smoothly on a whole. Being tidy and organized has never come naturally for me and has been an area that I am always working to improve and is still definitely not my forte. However, as I have matured and have a home and family of my own I have learned that creating order and structure in my life allows me to feel competent, energized and reduces my stress and anxiety, therefore reduces that of my family and my home. Win, win, win!
I think what is key to remember when trying to tackle the areas of your life that need a little cleaning up is to chip away at it one room, one drawer, one cupboard at a time. Go for small wins and successes. Find a system that works for you and your family. A few tips to follow when trying to declutter:
- Sort through possessions one category at a time.
- Discard things right away that you no longer need or have attachment to. Don’t hold onto them!
- If you don’t love it or haven’t worn or used it in at least 3 years, get rid of it.
- Use bins or containers to label and organize items for storage.
- Give away unneeded items to second hand or charity shops.
“Clutter is not just physical stuff. It’s old ideas, toxic relationships and bad habits. Clutter is anything that does not support your better self.” – Eleanor Brownn