You NEED to declutter your life. Here are all the reasons why!
Are you tired of wasting precious time shuffling papers and looking for your missing shoe, or your vanishing purse? You dream of doing what it takes to declutter your life, but never take action because you are too busy and too tired? After all, between work and taking care of your kids or family, you barely have enough time to sleep?!
You’ve got great reasons for wanting to be more organized. You want the best for your family. You want to teach your kids to live in calmness, not chaos. You want to be patient without losing your ever-lovin’ mind in the insanity of so much stuff. And you just want to savor the time you have, instead of running around chasing clutter. But sometimes it just feels so hard.
Trust me. You are NOT alone. Let's talk about WHY you really NEED to declutter your life and how to get started!
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Why you need to declutter your life and home:
Clutter affects your stress
It's a fact that clutter increases your stress levels. According to UCLA's Center of Everyday Lives and Families, there is a link between the stress hormone cortisol in women with cluttered homes. Not only that, but A Princeton University Neuroscience Institute study found that people cluttered homes experience greater exhaustion. Why? Because clutter requires you to expend more mental energy. Quite simply, clutter makes it harder to focus and process information, so it requires more energy to complete ordinary, everyday tasks.
Clutter hurts your wallet
Clutter results in you wasting money. When you have piles of unopened mail there is a good chance that you are going to pay some late fees on bills that could have been avoided. And if you have a cluttered pantry where you can't see everything, a closet that's so full you can't remember what's in it, you are almost certainly going to purchase duplicates, which is a total waste of money (AND it makes your clutter problem even worse).
Clutter wastes your time
Clutter and disorganization wastes time. How many minutes/hours have you wasted looking for your phone, or your shoe, or you kid's soccer cleats??? How many times have you been late for a meeting or dinner with friends because you couldn't find something to wear in your messy closet?
Steps you can take to declutter your life:
Now that I have (hopefully) convinced you that decluttering truly will improve your life, let's talk about how to get started with decluttering without feeling totally overwhelmed and/or burning out.
Focus on one room or area at a time.
When you think about the process of organizing your entire house, it's totally overwhelming. Instead, declutter your life and home one room or space at a time. Declutter your car today, your pile of mail tomorrow, and one bathroom the next day. Just take it one space at a time to avoid burnout and overwhelm.
Make time in your schedule to declutter your life.
It takes time to accumulate clutter and it will take time to declutter it. That's why you MUST make time in your schedule to dedicate to decluttering. If you don't deliberately set aside time, chances are you will never completely declutter you life. It doesn't have to be a ton of time. Starting with as little as 10 minutes per day or 1 hour every weekend can make a HUGE difference over the course of a few weeks!
Invest in resources to help you declutter you life.
Believe me, I know what it’s like to feel a bit overwhelmed when you start to declutter your life, and the answer definitely isn’t to keep wasting money on more storage containers, either! But you should invest in some organizing resources that will help guide you. It's inexpensive and when you have the right info and tools at your fingertips, it’s so much easier. You know which papers to keep (and which should immediately be thrown away). You’re more confident in saying no to the things on your calendar that don’t matter (and yes to the things that do). You start learning the difference between what you really need and what will just add to the clutter to your home. You feel less stressed (and you’ll probably enjoy life more, too).
I recommend the Conquer Your Clutter Bundle. I purchased it for myself and I've already started checking out a few of the resources that are included and I'm so, so grateful to have the help!
The Conquer Your Clutter Bundle is a curated collection of 38 eBooks, eCourses, and printable planners to help you declutter your life and organize your home, created by people who’ve learned how to conquer all the different types of clutter (physical, mental, digital) in their life – and win! The combined value of the resources in the toolkit is over $650, but you get EVERYTHING for 95% off! Check it out here by clicking here.
If you’ve struggled to find systems to help you streamline your life and inject some much-needed peace into your home, the Conquer Your Clutter Bundle will remove that barrier for you.
Worried you won’t know where to start with all the resources in the bundle? I mean seriously, who has time to read all of that (that's what I thought when I first saw it)?! But trust me, you don't need to be worried! Inside the bundle you’ll find a handy Getting Started Guide so you can take action right away.
Second, do some research and find an organizational resource that will help you declutter and organize. I've done some research for you and found some great options for you. See that? I just saved you some research time because I want you to follow-through with getting organized!!!!