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One of the most popular resolutions for the new year is to be more organized. As the past year is ending, many of us hurry to declutter our home, change the sheets, curtains, throw the things that we don’t feel necessary as we embark on a new year. We all aim to welcome the new year with a lighter and brighter aura/vibes/or whatever we call it.
However, decluttering your home is easier said than done. On the downside of things, letting go of old habits is not easy. Believe me, I know too well how easy it is to fill a house with items that you think that you are going to need at one point, only to have them lying around the living room for nothing.
If you are struggling to declutter your home, then I have the perfect solution for you! Make this task a challenge. Set some rules and goals so that you feel better every time that you get rid of an unnecessary item.
The Goals and Rules of the Challenge
The first thing you need to do is to set a goal. I set mine to get rid of 2,020 items this year because the number seems fitting. (Note that, I’ve included everything down to the smallest items and even decluttering my voicemails, apps, and subscriptions because they’re part of my home anyway!) You can do the same or pick a different number. Now, for the rules. Print out a chart and stick it on your refrigerator so that you are reminded of your goals every single day.
If your kids are old enough, you can even get them involved in the game. Give them a sharpie and tell them to mark a box on the printed chart every time that they rid the house of items. Setting short-term goals will make decluttering your home feel amazing. You can celebrate after each 100, 500 or 1,000 goals are reached. Now, let’s go over some tips that will help you out.
Tips and Tricks
Join a “Buy Nothing” group
The best thing that you can do when decluttering your home and not knowing what to do with all the items is to join a Buy Nothing group on Facebook. These groups are filled with people who are giving away stuff to those who need it and you can do the same. Just think about it, it’s a win-win scenario. You are getting rid of stuff while a person is getting something that they really need.
Focus on what really matters
The difficult part about decluttering your home is giving up stuff. This is why you need to focus on what really matters and be prepared to say goodbye to all the other items. Minimizing physical possessions will set you free!
Don’t be afraid to remove the decoration
If your home decorations don’t inspire you anymore, then you shouldn’t be afraid to remove them. Doing this is an important step in tidying up your home and proving to yourself that you are ready to make a big change. Only keep the items that make you happy such as family photos for example.
Well, to be honest, I did not even hit my 2,020 items. I realized later on that the number I picked was harder than I intended to. Some items that I let go, left with a heavy heart. It was hard. But believe me, it feels lighter living with less clutter, (and easier to clean too!) my dogs and the kiddos around the house have more “play space”. and we’ve also come to a realization that there’s so much stuff in our home that we don’t actually need!
If you haven’t done your decluttering yet, do it now! Who says it should be a new year for you to declutter?