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The Magic of Letting Go: 3 Mindset Shifts for Clutter-Free Living

The Magic of Letting Go: 3 Mindset Shifts for Clutter-Free Living

When working towards clutter-free living, it’s easy to find yourself believing some misconceptions of what decluttering truly entails. But what if I told you decluttering isn’t just about removing items from your home; it actually involves a profound shift in your mindset too? And changing your mindset about decluttering can ultimately make all the difference in how you clear the clutter.

Today, I want to share 3 key mindset shifts that have the power to redefine your relationship with decluttering. These 3 shifts about decluttering are things that can change everything on your decluttering journey.

Let’s dive into the transformative power of these 3 secrets to clutter-free living. Learning these 3 things makes it so much easier to clear the clutter with more focus and ease. Helping you reach your decluttering goals faster, easier and with less stress!

The Magic of Letting Go: 3 Mindset Shifts for Clutter-Free Living

3 mindset shifts for clutter-free living

1. Decluttering and organizing aren’t the same thing

Sometimes people think of decluttering and organizing as the same thing. But in reality, they are two very different activities, each leading to different results.

Organizing your home refers to systematically arranging items in a logical and accessible way to optimize accessibility and functionality in your home.

Decluttering your home refers to actions taken to remove unused, unneeded or unloved items from your home. Only keeping the things you use and need regularly or love.

You can’t organize effectively if you have too much clutter. Organizing clutter will only be a temporary solution to help your home function well. You’ll use time, space and energy to organize things you don’t use, need or love. And those things will end up getting in the way, causing mess and making your home more difficult to use.

Instead, the key is decluttering first, before you even think about organizing. If you want your home to function well, stay tidy and have your things accessible, you can’t organize clutter. Clear the clutter first, then focus on how to organize what’s left in a way that makes sense for you.

The best part is, the less stuff you have, the faster and easier it is to get organized. You don’t need elaborate organizational systems to fit as much stuff as possible in a space. You’ve reduced the amount of stuff you need to organize, making the job of organizing a lot easier.

Realizing that decluttering and organizing are two different actions you can take to help your home function better is a key to clutter-free living. Each plays a key role in helping your home function well, but they aren’t the same thing. Remember to declutter first, then organize what’s left.

2. Decluttering helps reclaim your space and your time

A lot of times you start decluttering because you’re running out of space in your home. Your closets might be stuffed full, your cupboards overflowing and it just feels like there’s too much stuff. The goal often starts focused on reclaiming space in your home.

But what many people don’t realize is decluttering not only frees up your space, it also frees up your time.

Managing and taking care of the stuff you own takes a lot of time. And when a significant portion of the stuff you’re managing is clutter (meaning you don’t use, need or love it), you’re spending a lot of time managing clutter.

When you declutter your home, you have less stuff to manage and taking care of your home takes less time. Decluttering not only helps you reclaim space in your home but also time in your days.

Time is arguably our most valuable asset. It’s something you can’t save or get back after it’s gone. Doing what you can to reclaim your time can be a wonderful way to live more intentionally, focusing on using your time for what matters most to you. Instead of spending time managing clutter!

3. Small decluttering projects add up over time

Realizing the power of small decluttering projects and the way they add up over time was key in my decluttering journey.

You don’t need to spend hours decluttering to see results. Small bits of decluttering and small decluttering projects, repeated often, add up over time and give you results too.

And for most people, it’s easier to find 5 or 10 minutes to declutter than to find 2 hours anyway. Meaning decluttering is more likely to happen when you do it a little bit at a time.

For most people, simplifying is a gradual process and takes time. With full schedules and busy lives, it’s hard to find time or energy to declutter your entire house all at once. And I’d argue you learn more about yourself, your habits and how you ended up needing to declutter when you go slow anyway!

It’s ok to start decluttering by tackling one small area or project at a time. Start by decluttering one drawer, one shelf, one pile, one cupboard at a time. Celebrate each small victory as every piece of clutter you remove from your home is taking you one step closer to your clutter-free living goals.

The goal when you’re decluttering should be about making progress, not aiming for perfection. Decluttering doesn’t have to be all or nothing. If you can spend some time, clearing some clutter, that’s great! Small decluttering actions, repeated often and with consistency, will add up and help you achieve your decluttering goals.

Clutter-free living: change your mindset, change your life

I hope these 3 mindset shifts will help you on your decluttering journey. These are 3 things that once I understood and embraced them, really helped me focus, stay on track and make progress in clearing the clutter from our home.

Did any of these mindset shifts resonate with you? I’d love to hear about it! Leave a comment below and let me know which of these three mindset shifts were “a-ha” moments for you!

The Magic of Letting Go: 3 Mindset Shifts for Clutter-Free Living

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