Four Smart Ways to Declutter When You’re Overwhelmed 

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 Don’t know where to start when decluttering your home? Here are Four Smart Ways to Declutter When You’re Overwhelmed.
 Feeling swamped by the clutter in your home? You’re not alone.
Many of us find ourselves hindered by the sheer volume of things we accumulate, often feeling like it’s holding us back from reaching our true potential. But fear not! I’m here to share my top four tips for decluttering your home. These small, actionable steps will not only transform your space but also shift your mindset, helping you understand and prevent clutter in the future.
Remember, a happy home isn’t a cluttered one. It should serve you, not clog up your creative spirit. Ready to find peace and clarity?

Let’s dive in!

 Four Smart Ways to Declutter When You’re Overwhelmed

These will all work for you to some extend, so please give them a try.

1. Don’t Use Your Home as a Storage Unit

It’s easy to fall into the trap of keeping items ‘just in case.’ I get it – I love a good thrift shop find myself! But storing items you don’t currently need or use can lead to unnecessary clutter.
My rule of thumb? If it hasn’t been used in the last three months and isn’t of great sentimental or monetary value, it’s time to let it go.
This can be liberating and even beneficial – sometimes, giving away items can be a tax write-off or, at the very least, a psychological boost.

2. Discover What Truly Brings You Joy

The key to effective decluttering is understanding what you truly need and love. Start by identifying 20 items you can’t live without. These are your joy-bringers. Everything else? Consider if they add value to your life or if they’re just taking up space.
This approach helps you focus on what’s essential, making decluttering less overwhelming and more purposeful.
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3. Set a Timer for Short, Focused Bursts

Overwhelm can paralyze, but setting a timer for a short period, like five minutes, can kickstart your decluttering efforts.
This trick, passed down from my mom, tricks your brain into starting the task because it knows there’s an end in sight. Often, you’ll find yourself willing to continue past the timer, making significant progress in manageable chunks. Growing up, we called this the ‘white tornado’ method – a quick, focused burst of cleaning that can yield surprisingly satisfying results.

4. Maintain a Designated Clutter-Free Zone

In a bustling household, it’s unrealistic to expect the entire home to be clutter-free at all times. That’s why I focus on keeping specific areas – like my bedroom, bathroom, and foyer – tidy and organized. These clutter-free zones offer a sense of peace and order, essential for maintaining focus and motivation. Identify which areas in your home you need to keep organized for your mental well-being and prioritize them.
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Final Thoughts on Decluttering When Overwhelmed

Remember to give yourself grace. Clutter is a challenge for almost everyone I know, including myself.

Your environment is a reflection of your inner state. By tackling external clutter, you’ll often find clarity and peace internally. Remember, decluttering isn’t just about tidying up; it’s about creating a space that serves and uplifts you.
So, take a deep breath, choose one of these strategies, and start your journey to a happier, clutter-free home today!
xo maria
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2 Comments

  1. Kathy Callan

    I’ll read this again in a few months. I recently lost my Dad. My brothers and I are emptying out the house. I’m bringing boxes of items home fir my kids as well as myself.
    I’ve certainly learned not to leave a house full of stuff for my kids to have to go through.

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    • Maria Kamara

      So glad you brothers are working on the house with you, that’s a really emotional thing to go through. I pray for peace and comfort for you Kathy.

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