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So many of the things we read about when discussing decluttering tells us we need to dive in and meticulously go through individual items. Putting things in piles, bins, labeling them, etc. The thing is… that isn’t decluttering at all. That is organizing.
Now, that is one way to do things, of course. It’s the slow and steady way that takes time and dedication and ultimately gets you to an end goal: a clutter free home. But I have a different approach.
It’s called the 1-day dump.
This is the fastest and least stressful way to declutter your house ever. A bit unconventional… but totally works.
Here we go.
In each area of your home that needs decluttered (which might be every room and hallway in your entire house house) dump everything into a bin.
With the exception of the things you know you absolutely need on a daily basis (think, remotes in the living room, toothbrushes in the bathroom) get rid of everything.
You hanging in there with me?
Then, only take out the most necessary things you think you should put back. We’re talking BARE MINIMUM necessities.
Don’t worry – we aren’t throwing anything away.
Your things aren’t going anywhere. Well, at least not to the trash.
It’s going to storage.
Here’s why: For starters, we have a really hard time parting with things forever. So instead of having to go through our home for days having the stressful thought process of do I need this or do I not, we’re just going to table it. Just not deal with it for a moment.
Second, now we have all of these things in a contained space and not strewn all over our house. We can take all the bins, write where the stuff came from on top, and put them in the basement, attic, garage, or storage.
You may soon realize after you’ve cleaned out a room that you do desperately need that one thing you tossed in the bin. Great, you’ve still got it! Just go pull it from the box.
Or, you may realize you truly aren’t missing any of it. And you may find yourself soon ready to toss them to the curb or donate.
The most important thing is to declutter your house in the fastest and simplest way so you can remove the stress from your home. Clutter causes depression, weight gain and totally kills your focus. It’s important we get rid of it.
Here are a few tips.
First of all you can print out my Declutter Workbook to help you through. It’s super helpful and is only $4.
Second, use your best judgement and common sense. Obviously. For instance, the kitchen. It’s probably not feasible to put everything in your kitchen cabinets in a box. BUT, I do think you can easily look at a drawer and say, “On any given day I use the measuring cups and spoons, ice cream scooper and and two spatulas. For now, I will take the rest out and place it in a bin.”
But the smaller rooms and closets, you should pull EVERYTHING out and restart.
It’s super important to look at that room or closet like you are just moving in. If you just were looking at it for the first time, how would you set it up? I guarantee you that you wouldn’t just take all of your things and dump it in.
Decluttering a house that has been accumulating things for years isn’t so simple. But you can make a huge step forward with this system.
Liz is a just a mom trying to keep it real about how little she sleeps, how often she gets puked on and how much she loves them. You can find her here every day writing about real-mom moments.