Decluttering Tips That Will Help When Nothing Else Works

Simply + Fiercely

As a former shopaholic turned minimalist, I know that decluttering can feel overwhelming.

It’s easy to start motivated, but when you have a LOT of stuff to deal with, it wears you down, and before you know it, you’re stuck.

If this sounds familiar, then rest assured you’re not alone. I’ve been there too, and I promise these decluttering tips will help.

Before you start decluttering, spend some time getting in the right mindset. Remember, decluttering is physical and emotional work. Getting your head in the game is half the work.

Work on your mindset first

Before you start decluttering, take a few minutes to think about the result you want to achieve. This vision will help you make decisions about what to keep, and it will also help you stay motivated.

Begin with the end in mind

Reduce decision fatigue by thinking about what you’re going to do with your things before you begin.

Decide ahead of time what to do with your unwanted stuff

If you struggle with similar fears, tackle them head-on. Be as specific as possible—the details will help you feel less afraid and empower you to make confident decisions.

Clarify your fears around letting go

Think about how much time you realistically have available for decluttering and set small goals. Then when you achieve them, you’ll feel good about the progress you’ve made instead of feeling like you’re falling behind.

Set reasonable expectations

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