A FEW DECLUTTERING MANTRAS TO GET YOU STARTED ON YOUR JOURNEY
Like goes with like.
Your house should be a home, not a store or a storage. You should use the store as your storage.
Keep it neat.
Keep, discard, donate.
Clear space, clear mind.
Be able to find what you want when you want it.
Done is better than perfect.
Everything should have a home.
Get rid of the easy stuff first (trash, donations, etc.).
If you were looking for an item, where would you look for it?
A place for everything and everything in its place.
Would the future you
wear or use this item?
Is it working for you or are you working for it?
Progress, not perfection.
If you must shove it, you won’t love it. If you find yourself avoiding it or shoving it in a closet, then it’s time for it to go.
Use it, love it, or let it go.
The use by date doesn’t matter if you don’t use it.
Would you buy this item again?
Be the best you’ve ever been and the worse you’ll ever be.
You lose money when you buy an item, not when you get rid of it.
If you want to get more done, have less to do.
Don’t put it down, put it away.
One in, one out...or better yet, one in, two out.
Try not to say, "I’ll leave this here for now".
Keep it simple.
While decluttering, it will look worse before it looks better, don’t give up.
All of your stuff didn’t accumulate overnight, so it won’t get organized overnight. Hang in there!
Keep the momentum going as if it’s your first day of decluttering.
Kelly Ghavidel with Decluttered Life is a professional organizer in Katy, Texas.