Tips To Help You Declutter Without Stress

Simply + Fiercely

Stress is “the feeling of being overwhelmed or unable to cope with mental or emotional pressure.”

In other words, having a lot to declutter can feel stressful, but the cause of stress is less about how much you have to do and more about how equipped you feel to handle it.

If your expectations are unrealistic decluttering without a clear strategy, then stress and overwhelm are inevitable. Once we understand why decluttering is stressful, we have the keys to transforming the experience.

First and foremost, let go of the idea that you have to declutter quickly. Yes, some people will tackle their entire home in one wild weekend. But this is the exception, not the rule.

Embrace slow decluttering

In this light, decluttering becomes soul work. We have to face our fears, grieve our losses, and challenge long held beliefs. It feels hard because it IS hard, and that’s OK.

Acknowledge the emotional side of letting go

If you’re decluttering a dress that you’ve never worn—ask yourself, “Why don’t I ever wear this?” Use what you learn to make a decision about the future. For example, I don’t buy anything yellow, polyester, or dry clean only.

Create systems that break the clutter cycle

I had to realise that I’m a real person and I don’t live inside an IKEA catalogue. I was clearing the clutter, but not the life from my home (and real life will always be imperfect).

Beware of perfectionism

It doesn’t have to be complicated. Just spend a few minutes thinking about what you’re trying to achieve and how you’ll do it before you begin.

Write a plan

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