Welcome to the first Tuesday Top Ten of 2020!
I really enjoy coming up with my Tuesday Top Ten and I really do hope that you sometimes complete your own to break the mid-week monotony.
This week however I have a guest blogger, Coach Karen Brown. She has written many successful journals, planners and habit trackers including a Decluttering Journal and Planner. And now in 2020, she is developing decluttering course called Declutter Magic, based on her own Clutter Coaching Process – ooh fancy!
Karen has kindly offered us her top ten tips on decluttering, which you will find below.
If you would be interested in having a guest spot on the Tuesday Top ten then please drop me a line, you don’t need to be a blogger – I operate an all-inclusive blog 😉
Karen’s Top Ten Decluttering Tips
- Before you start, be clear on why you are decluttering your home. What do you want to get out of it? If you aren’t clear on why you’re doing it, and then benefits of decluttering, then you’ll soon get overwhelmed and give up.
- Take before and after photos. You know how some people become nose-blind when it comes to smells in their home? Well, you can be clutter blind too. When you take a before photo, it’s a reality check of where you are now, and you can spot your clutter hotspots. For us, our coffee table and kitchen tables can become a dumping ground if not monitored.
- Start with the end in mind. As a Life Coach, I’m all about setting goals, and this applies to decluttering too. When you start with the end in mind, you have an idea of what you want your home to look, smell and feel like.
- Have a plan. Decluttering your home takes time, so it’s essential to take time to plan what you’re going to do, and then work the plan. For example, if you want to go room by room, then maybe allocate one week for each room and stick to it.
- Have a system. There are many different methodologies for decluttering your home: room by room, by type of stuff (The KonMarie method), by number (decluttering a certain number of items per day). The Clutter Coaching method focuses on a room, looking at what the room is used for, what should be in it and what you want it to look like afterwards.
- Everything has its own space. One of the reasons some people accumulate clutter is that they can’t find what they want, so buy another. If everything has its own home, then when those in your home are tidying up, things go back to where they belong.
- Set clear boundaries on what you keep. The one thing I took away from Marie Kindo’s book was that you should hold onto what is functional and what you love. This is a great guideline to go by, but it does raise issues around keeping stuff because someone gave it to you and your own purchasing mistakes. By setting clear boundaries around what you own and what you keep, then you can start to clear the stuff outside those boundaries without feeling guilty.
- If you can’t decide them keep it, for now. There are some things that you’re not sure about letting go of. When this happens, box it up and put it out of the way. If you don’t use it by this time next year, then it’s unlikely that you’re going to need it, and if you do, then if it’s something that you’ll need but use rarely, then get a more up to date version.
- Recycle as much as you can. There are only 3 thing that you can do with your unwanted stuff: sell it, bin it or give it away. Unless something is damaged beyond use, then try and give it to someone who’ll make use of it. There are free-cycling sites that will gladly take your stuff and make it into something more useful, as well as charities that can sell your low value stuff and make a difference in someone else’s life.
- Have clear boundaries on what comes into your home in the future. Once you’ve decluttered your home, you have loads of empty space which may call out to be filled again. Set some clear ground rules around what comes into your home in future and maybe have a swinging door system or one item in, one item out.
Number 10 will be the hardest one for me! Good luck with your own decluttering. You can get more help with her Decluttering Journal on Amazon and keep an eye out for her course……………………..