In January, I went on a mission to get rid of 500 things from our house. I decided that this would be a twice-yearly thing for me, so I started again in July. In the months in between, I still got rid of children’s clothes and other items. And it still feels like I barely made a dent in our clutter.
What I Learned about Cutting The Clutter
I wrote about my motivation for decluttering earlier this summer. Less clutter means a less-stressful atmosphere for my children and for me. The problem isn’t the amount that I get rid of. The problem is the amount that comes into our home. It’s sounds so simple, but is anything really simple when you have kids?!
When people go on diets, one of the most helpful things to do is write down what they put into their bodies. This is the same with decluttering. I had no idea what I was putting into my house.
So, I made a decluttering worksheet to help me with this. It’s uncomplicated so it doesn’t become another piece of clutter. I made spaces for recording what comes into our house, and a larger section for what I get rid of. When I get a set of things, I don’t write down every piece of it.
This month, I’ve gotten rid of 46 things and have brought in 43 things. Yep. This is why we have so much clutter! Having some way to hold myself accountable definitely helps with my decluttering mission!
What I’ve Learned
- I think more about what comes into our house when I know I have to write it down.
- When little things come home, I often turn around and throw them out. It makes more sense to just not let them in at all!
- I’ve started asking: Is keeping this worth the hassle of picking it up over and over again?
Download your decluttering worksheet here.