Not that long ago, my house embarrassed me. Not the actual house rather all of the stuff we had inside of it. Three children and two adults = A LOT OF STUFF. Don’t get me wrong, we aren’t hoarders. It wasn’t that bad but it was stressful enough that I worried about people just stopping by. It freaked me out a little.
But then we started working with the fabulous Suzanne of Clutterninja and our lives were transformed. Seriously. Once the clutter and extra stuff started going away (about 90% to Goodwill), everything changed. I am happier. I walk through my house and smile. (If you need to declutter and you live in the Atlanta area, definitely call Suzanne.)
When we first started, I immediately felt the need to do everything at once. I mean I would have not slept if I could have just done everything right away but that honestly drove me a little crazy. I had to have more realistic expectations so instead I set goals and I made them achievable.
In fact, Christine Koh, co-author of Minimalist Parenting and author of 5 Ways to Declutter Your Life shared:
“Set reachable goals. A common decluttering trap that leads to overwhelm is setting goals that are too big. Instead of saying you’ll declutter the entire basement, start with a shelf. Or instead of emptying your entire closet onto your bedroom floor (hello, giant mess), start by editing down your pants collection, then shirts, dresses, etc.”
This is very true. Once I set realistic goals WITH my husband, we worked well together and are about at 90% of where we want our house to be. This is after 1 1/2 trucks filled from 1-800 Junk and another full truck going to Goodwill. We were/are serious. We now have a Goodwill bin in our house at all times to make it easy to declutter or get rid of items we no longer need.
I feel good about donating to Goodwill. Donation to places like Goodwill allows you to move items out quickly and easily (versus, say, coordinating a yard sale) plus our donations are helping to create jobs.
We now feel empowered! Just take a look at our closet AFTER:
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