10 Easy Decluttering tips everyone should know

As daunting as the word decluttering can be, the benefits one can get once they’ve been able to accomplish doing it in their lives is ineffable. Let’s not make this article full of flowery words and simply dive in to the tips you’ve came here for. It’s all about decluttering anyways😉.

1. Give yourself 5 minutes at a time. Decluttering isn’t as easy as you think it is. Saying goodbye to things important to you previously or at present can make you feel emotional at some point. Slowly build momentum with just five minutes a day.

2. Do it one at a time. One item a day is a great initiative. You won’t even realise you’ve given 365 items by year end. It is important to do this slowly but surely. You can slowly increase to 2 items per day if it gets too easy. You can increase the number as you please along the way.

3. Donate clothes. You might not notice but your once favorite shirt have gone forgotten at the bottom of your cabinet. Give a chance for items like this to be of value for the others by donating them. Discard the clothes you never touched after a few months. Put on a trash bag/ box to donate. Here in Singapore, we have Salvation Army. Try finding out where you can donate in your place.

4. Create a checklist. It would be lot easier to declutter when you have clearer vision of where your efforts are direction is going to. You can use our decluttering checklist.

5. Take part of the 12-12-12 challenge. This challenge means locating 12 items to throw away, 12 to donate, and 12 to be returned to their proper home. This is a big step forward from the Tip#2 where you only do 1 item per day. But it’s a challenge, so are you in?

6. Pretend you’ll have your in-laws coming. Doesn’t your home suddenly transform whenever that happens? It’s like you’re suddenly in robot mode trying to clean up your mess before this important person visits. With the Covid still luring around though, don’t expect we won’t be expecting those visits soon but why not just play with your mind and do it for yourself? If there’s anyone you should impress with an organised home, that should be you who lives there, isn’t it?

7. Use social media. You won’t need to deny how much time you spend on social media than you need to and that’s okay. But why not use it for the good so you get some benefit from doing it too, right? Post some before and after photos of an area you’ve been decluttering. It may seemed boastful, but never mind the people around you. Use it as a motivation to see for yourself how you’ve been progressing, you won’t know, maybe you could inspire others to do so too!

8. Get your household involved. Most of us live in a home with someone, mostly are family members. It only makes sense that everyone helps in this process. You won’t want to be liable of dumping stuff that may not seem important to you but to others, it is.

9. Create a system. You can use one system which with a help with four boxes makes your decluttering much more easier to manage. You’ll need to label them: trash, give away, keep, or re-locate. How? You’ll start with one room, make sure to be able to place each item in the room into one of the following boxes. Make sure not to skip any of it no matter how unimportant it seems. This may the most tedious work of all decluttering tips but know that it’s totally worth it.

10. Enjoy the process. There’s nothing more rewarding than being happy everyday doing the things that you love. Unfortunately, life doesn’t work that way, the only way we can eliminate feeling low is by changing our mindset and thinking of a way to see things differently. By always trying to see the good things in everything, you’ll be able to enjoy your life much more, and that includes giving away or selling stuff that you once loved.

I hope you enjoy and slowly apply these useful tips in your life.

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5 Ways to Free your life through decluttering

Have you ever been to Japan or Singapore? I guess most of us would agree that these two countries are leading when it comes to cleanliness. While residents who live there might not agree that much as they’ve also seen the dirty side of town (nothing is perfect), let’s just agree that majority of its places are pleasing to the eyes.

Not only does the air smells fresher but also your mind seems to be at peace. It feels like all your troubles and worries are set aside. No wonder these two countries also top as tourist destinations. Why not?! That’s what you exactly want when you go on vacation right? Relax!

What if I tell you that you don’t need to go on vacation to feel relaxed or even just lessen the stress in your life. You can do that by slowly decluttering your life. By habitually exercising decluttering in this particular points in your life, you’ll be able to live stress-free.

Declutter your Mind

Let’s get real, our brains aren’t as good as we think it is.

As a mom, we often blame our forgetfulness to having a mom-brain. While it has been backed-up with science, its also important to be true to ourselves that at times, we just don’t want to accept that our brain could also use some help pen and paper(or Notes on your smartphone).

By writing down into a list things that we need to remember, we declutter our mind. The lesser things you worry about, the clearer you focus and think of the things you want to do. That’s my mantra to convince myself that I need to sit and write down for 5 minutes or so my to-do list for the day.

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Declutter Spiritually

I may be Catholic but know that I’ve got my utmost respect for other religions. Not sure if that’s one of Singapore’s great influence to who I am today but having lived for a decade in one of the most multi-racial countries, it made me realise that there’s no inequality between races or religion, what’s missing our respect for other’s beliefs. I’ll dig more into that next time but for now, what I want to point out is how our religious belief can help declutter our lives.

Most people live their lives with believing that someone up above, greater that the greatest is watching us and the source of everything we have in our lives. With the help of prayer, letting go of our worries, and surrendering our problems to the most high, then we free ourselves from stress and able to enjoy what life has to offer.

Having this belief and not losing hope helps us realise of the good things in life and set a better mindset for us to live in peace.

Declutter your Social life

We all know how the people around us affect us in ways we can’t control. By understanding that you have control over your life, no matter what circumstances you’re in, you’ll have the ability to use your freedom of choice to choose what kind of life / environment you want to live in.

There’s tons of inspirational and famous people you can look up to in the Internet who you wouldn’t believe have been in a different path in life that what we know and see now.

With the help of being mindful of the people you want to surround yourself with and give influence to your life, you’ll have an insight of what path of life you’re leading to.

Declutter your Space

Fun fact: Not all of us have that affinity to being minimalism.

Not to worry though, you’re human and it’s part of being human to like owning material things. There’s no shame being that kind of person as long as you can afford it.

Another Fun fact: You can still buy things, as much as you want, as long as you know how to store them properly.

The effects of owning too much material things can be daunting if you don’t know how to take care of them. Come to think of this — you work so hard to buy things you like/ love then afterwards never take care of if (store it properly) then it’s as if you work for nothing. All your precious stuff would soon look like disorganised junk.

You might just not acknowledge the fact but seeing this mess everyday in your house is affecting your life. Imagine waking up everyday with all your stuff all over your home. Don’t wonder why why people love going to home furnishing retailers like IKEA. They sure design the showrooms as neatly as possible so you’ll feel relaxed imagining living in a place like that. If you’re still a fan of IKEA though, you might want to check-out my blog post about the absolutely important things you can buy from IKEA and not feel guilty adding to your already cluttered home as you really need those items anyway.

Declutter your Finances

This may be one of the reasons why adulting can be stressful. The moment you’ve got financial responsibilities over your shoulder, it’s the real deal. Unbeknownst to many, your financial stress not only affects you financial problems (duh!) but your whole life, so by making sure you keep your finances under cover, you’re partly making your life better as well. Good thing there’s easy ways though to lessen that stress and can be done no matter what financial level you’re in.

Here are simple things you can do to lessen that financial clutter in your mind:

  1. Have a loving relationship paying your bills – this may seem stupid to hear but when you have a great mindset in doing things, doing it makes it easier to do and all things related to it flows naturally. This means, the money you need to pay your bills comes naturally as well. Talk about Law of Attraction! This would cross out one of the things you worry every month!
  2. To make sure do #1 in a smooth manner, making a list of due dates of all your payables (utilities, rent, tuition fees, etc). By making sure you pay them on time, you don’t only give yourself a pat in the back for making sure all your financial responsibilities are kept in good shape but you’ve also made sure not to pay interest. Those small amounts for paying late adds up especially when your pocket is on the tight end.
  3. No matter who’s in charge in your family to do the grocery, make sure to make a grocery list. This would not only help you not to go over-budget but you’ll also eliminate buying food that you don’t actually need and eventually put to waste. Food wasted also means money wasted.

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Till my next blog,

TheMommyWithAGoal