Tackle your clutter and finally get organized with this step-by-step guide to decluttering.
I’ve been in a bit of a spring cleaning mode lately. Or more accurately, spring purging.
Yesterday, I dropped off two large trash bags and a gigantic box at the donation center. They were filled with old clothes and old toys and household items we don’t want, need or use any more. They were just taking up space and weighing us down.
The photo above isn’t my stuff, but trust me, there have been times my house has looked like some version of this.
Especially my office and craft room. The reality of that space is often closer to the photo above than the photo below.
That’s because this room is the place where I’m busiest, so sometimes supplies don’t get put away like they should. It’s also where I stash things until I can find time to put them away. “Just put it in my office,” I’ll often tell my husband if he asks where something should go.
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But perhaps the real reason that my office/craft room is my big problem area is because I’m really emotionally attached to all the stuff in it.
I’ve invested a lot, financially and creatively, in my craft supplies and half-done projects, and it’s hard to let them go. Even when I know I’m never going to finish that half-done painting or use those gazillion rolls of washi tape.
And here’s the thing, all that extra stuff really hampers my creativity. Sometimes I can’t create for all the distractions.
Sarah Mueller of Early Bird Mom gets that, and she helps you overcome the emotional attachment we all have to our stuff and walks you through the process of getting rid of a lot of it in in her new fabulous ebook, Step-by-Step Decluttering. I’m working my way through it as part of our spring purge.
“In doing the research and interviews for this book, I was reminded over and over again that decluttering is a very emotional process,” Sarah writes. “It’s not just about getting rid of a few things. It’s about making difficult decisions related to important things in our lives. If it were easy, you’d be done by now and you wouldn’t feel such angst over the whole process.”
This quote in the book, from Erin Doland, really stood out to me: “Clutter is any distraction that gets in the way of a remarkable life.”
That is so true. Clutter robs you of time. And joy. And focus. And money. It create stress and strife and embarrassment and extra work.
I know there are a lot of books about decluttering on the market, but what I like about Sarah’s is that is walks you step-by-step through the process and also teaches you how to declutter in manageable bites of time — 20 minutes here, 20 minutes there. But with a plan and a purpose. So it sticks.
The book includes a series of worksheets that helps you define your decluttering goals and create a vision for your home and how you want to live.
For a limited time, you can save $5 on Step-by-Step Decluttering. The price is just $12 for the standard version and $24 for the community edition, which includes an audiobook plus membership in Sarah’s private Facebook group where you can ask questions and get support in your own decluttering journey.
No matter which version of the book you choose, you’ll learn:
- How to get into the right mindset for decluttering
- How to evaluate how much clutter is truly costing you
- A decluttering framework you can use for any room of your home
- How to declutter in 20 minute sessions
- How to decide to sell, donate or trash something you don’t want
- What to declutter first
- Tips for dealing with sentimental items
- Tips for resolving the guilt that often prevents decluttering
Plus, you will get seven printable decluttering worksheets that help you track your progress, make decisions about what to keep and what to get rid of and also record your emotions and personal reflections on the process.
But you better hurry. The earlybird pricing ends at midnight March 14. After that date, the cost increases to $17 for the standard version and $29 for the community version.
Still aren’t sure this decluttering book is the right one for you? You can read an excerpt here.