There is certainly no shortage of declutter tips and tricks out there. You could spend all day on Pinterest pinning posts dedicated to decluttering tips. But what if you felt overwhelmed and only wanted to focus on one declutter tip to start? What tip would you choose? You are in luck because we have discovered the #1 declutter tip of all time!
Drum Roll Please….
Stop bringing new clutter into your life!
This tip is so simple yet not easy. We choose to bring new clutter into our lives for so many reasons:
- We reward ourselves with a shopping trip after a tough day.
- It is hard to resist a good buy one get one sale.
- Our children want another toy and we buy it because we feel guilty for not spending enough quality time with them.
- We easily fall for the promise of:
- a new miracle face cream that will make us look 10 years younger.
- the perfect pair of jeans that will instantly flatten our stomach.
- an exercise machine that we swear this time will not become a clothes rack.
So how do you “stop bringing new clutter into your life”?
- Don’t Buy Something Unless You Need It
It doesn't matter if it is on sale. If you have 15 sweatshirts…do you really need #16? If your TV works, why buy a bigger one just because it has all of the latest bells and whistles?
- Use Up What You Have
It is kind of fun to commit to using up what you have. Cook something with the existing food in your freezer, use up one of your many bottles of shampoo lying around, gather up all of your house cleaning supplies and actually use them. I bet you didn't even know that you had all of this stuff.
- Don’t Automatically Say “Yes” to Requests
Just because someone asks…doesn't mean you have to say “Yes”. It is important to remember that for every “Yes” you commit to… you have to say “No” to something else. Time and your health are your most precious gifts. Protect these gifts with everything you got.
- Create a “Don’t Do” List
Do you have at least 10 things on your “To Do” list at all times? Can you give one of your “To Dos” to your husband and maybe one to each of your children? What do you think about putting at least one task on your “Don’t Do” list? Yes, it is time to make a “Don’t Do” list. They are one of the best tools you need in your life. If you dust every week, could you start dusting every other week instead? I bet your family would not even realize that the house is now only getting dusted every other week. And best of all… you gain some valuable time to do more of what you love.
Do you think “Stop bringing new clutter into your life” is one of the best decluttering tips?
I hope this #1 decluttering tip “Stop bringing new clutter into your life” motivates you to stop the “bringing in new clutter” cycle and finally start to clear out your existing clutter for good.
Do you think “Stop bringing new clutter into your life” is the #1 decluttering tip of all time? If yes, why? If no, what is your favorite decluttering tip? Please respond in the Comments Section below.
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