In my post 18 Practical Ways to Downsize and Simplify in 2018 I suggested slowly working your way through big changes one week at a time. Well, if downsizing or decluttering is one of your big changes then I have laid out a super simple day by day way to get some major decluttering done in only one week. A lot of stuff can accumulate over a lifetime…or even just a single year. Sometimes we take a moment to look back at all the stuff we have to get rid of and it’s easy to feel crazy overwhelmed. That’s why I think it’s best to just declutter one room one week at a time. Doing it this way takes a lot of stress off and has a powerful way to make you feel super accomplished. So let’s get to it.
Get 4 boxes ready. KEEP, SELL, DONATE, TOSS — Start working your way through your belongings and sorting items into their appropriate boxes. Not only will you have a full box to toss at the end of the day, this will also help clear your space so you can see exactly what you’ve got to work with.
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Deep clean. Now that your space is hopefully cleared out pretty nicely, take the time to wash any sheets or bedding, pillows or cushions. Give the floor a vacuum or scrub down. Clean off any windows and dust away any cobwebs. A lot of time clutter stands in the way of a really good, deep cleaning. You have now given yourself the chance to get to those untidy places and get a totally fresh start on your room.
Fixer upper. Today look around for any places in your room that need a little TLC. Holes in the wall, minor repairs or even add a quick face lift with a new coat of paint!
Your space is clutter-free, cleaned up, touched up and ready for you to add your personal touches. Now that your room is fresh and ready, you can start putting back your KEEP items. You’ve given this space all your attention and as you go through your box, you may start to find some of your KEEP items are less appealing. If that’s the case, take a second to toss them in the DONATE box instead. This is your chance to create an intention for this space with the things you put into it. If you no longer see value in an item, it’s time to say “toodle-oo.”
Donate! Ok, you know what you want in your room, you’ve got the space perfect, and you can officially get rid of another box! You’ve worked your way through 3 of them! Whoop whoop! For any items you didn’t think you would be able to sell, just let them go and drop them by the nearest donation location.
Make some cold hard cash! I’m getting excited just typing this! It’s time to make some money off those things you were hanging onto for too long. There are places like Facebook Market that you are now able to sell easily online, however, I personally don’t like having to meet up or make arrangements with people in order to exchange. It can be a long process and wind up taking up a ton of your time for an item that may not really be worth it…but yet, you want the cash! I personally do one trip with any movies or books to our local Half Priced Books. You get money back for your stuff and even if they choose not to buy something, they still offer to take it off your hands for you. The other best option is going through Decluttr. Decluttr makes selling online super simple. Plus, shipping is always free!
Shipment day! Take today to ship off all your SELL items if you are going through Decluttr. Now you have OFFICIALLY cleared through 4 boxes of stuff and gotten one room back in shape! Hooray!
Now is the best day of them all…the day you get to sit back and breathe in all of your hard work. Even when I was a kid I loved this time. There is something so soul calming about a clean room. This one clean room has the power to totally amp you up to continue on your decluttering journey and inspire you to keep on going!
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