Decluttering Goals – How I plan to tame the chaos

One of my big goals this year is to declutter my house. I did an initial decluttering back in 2017. However, I was not very thorough with it. So this year, I am working towards doing a better job of it. I know that it will take quite some time to get it all done. It will be well worth the time and effort. While our house hasn’t fallen to the rank of a hoarder nightmare, it has been a bit of a disaster for some time. We have lived here for almost twelve years, and that means twelve years of stuff has accumulated. It is easy to just toss things in a box, place that in the closet and forget about it. However, that does not solve the clutter issue. That merely hides it. Breaking that habit will be hard, but it will be well worth it.

To help me keep my focus, I have made a list of decluttering goals. I don’t want to declutter just because I should. There needs to be a reason behind it. Without a good reason, I will likely fail or fall back into clutter collection soon after I am done.

Decluttering Goals

A look into my messy laundry room.
  1. Make the house more functional. When your house is full of clutter it is hard to get things done. Not only is stuff everywhere, but it’s also hard to remember what you own and where it is. I would love to be able to accomplish something without first scouring the house for that item I need.
  2. Make cleaning easier. The less stuff you have, the easier it is to clean. No one wants to spend an hour moving things out of a room just to vacuum it. Then you need to spend more time moving it all back. I have done this for too many years and it’s time to change. By decluttering my house, I will no longer have to slave all day just to clean a single room. Having less stuff will also mean less hidden dust and dirt that could very well affect our health.
  3. Make our house a home. I have never really felt that this house was a home. Most of that stems from the clutter. It’s hard to see something like a home when it feels like a storage container. With all the stuff removed, I am sure that I will start to love this house and in turn, it will feel like a home.
  4. Reclaim my laundry room. For years my laundry room has been a joke. I would describe it as a storage room that happens to have a washer and dryer in it. To make matter worse, I have often needed to move piles of stuff just to reach the laundry machines. This has made doing the laundry a complete hassle. Decluttering this room will make things so much easier for laundry days.
  5. No more storage in the bathroom. Much like the laundry room, our downstairs bathroom has been a storage area. It was a place to just throw stuff that didn’t really fit anywhere else. Since we rarely used this bathroom, it was easy to forget about all that stuff. Now is the time to change that. Perhaps with the stuff gone, we will use the bathroom as it was intended.
  6. Less stress. Clutter leads to stress. I have been dealing with stress, anxiety, and depression for years. Getting rid of all that stuff that causes my stress and anxiety to flare up will help me in the long run.

I think those are some pretty solid goals. Spring is a great time to declutter, as many people will be working through spring cleaning. Why not combine the two? Decluttering will certainly make spring cleaning smoother. So, over the next few months, I will be sharing my progress with these goals. I will work on one room at a time until it is done, otherwise, I will be stuck with partial decluttered rooms and nothing to show for it.

Clutter has become a problem in many house. These are the some of the steps I plan to take in order to tame the chaos of clutter in my home.

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    Half of my house can relate to this post haha. I probably need to take on some of these reasons myself.

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      It certainly can’t hurt to work on decluttering. A little bit at a time will make a huge difference in the end.

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    I did a lot of decluttering when we moved last year. But, we still have a ton of stuff we don’t need. It’s hard for me, because my husband hates to throw anything away. Hes constantly going through my piles and taking things out or second guessing me. It’s frustrating.

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      My husband is definitely my biggest obstacle when working on decluttering the house. The way I have found that works is do the decluttering while he is out of the house and either temporarily hide those piles until you have enough to make one big donation run or do multiple small donations just to avoid him pulling things out of the pile.

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    We have gone thru several relocations and acquired so much stuff along the way that we no longer need. Some have been in storage boxes/bins and I can’t recall the last time I have ever thought to use them, so really they can go.

    But I get you. A lot of my lingering stress is seeing how cluttered my house is. It’s not optimized and organized as I would like. Kudos to your goals. This is something I should have done years ago….I know the feeling.

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      It’s so easy to accumulate stuff these days. Getting rid of it can be challenging, depending on what you are trying to part with, but it can also be an easy process. It’s never too late to start removing that clutter and getting things organized the way that you want them to be.

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    Goodluck on this! I love the “make your house a home” 🙂 I guees even if it’s just this single reason, I would force myself to declutter our house in no time! Haha! Great read 🙂

    Ellaine | In Betweens

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      It’s definitely a great reason to get the decluttering done.

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    All the goals you have listed here are exactly why I need to start a major decluttering undertaking. Our problems are closets and drawers. Also, half of our basement is a crawl space, and we just shove stuff in there with the intention of dealing with it another day – it’s filled with clothes the kids have outgrown, sports and camping equipment that needs to be at least organized, random house stuff, and even unopened wedding gifts and things left behind by the last owners! Every time I go in there it causes me stress, I just need to deal with it.

    What do you do with the things you get rid of? Have you had any luck selling any of it? I think I will try (maybe the prospect of money will get me motivated) and then donate the rest.

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      It will definitely be worth investing the time in getting it decluttered. I can understand getting overwhelmed by it, especially when there is a ton of stuff crammed into one space, but just remember, it will only get worse unless you tackle the problem. Our own crawl space is fairly small but it’s amazing how much stuff we can shove in there. It filled the entire floor of one room and then the hall as well.

      I have donated most of it, sold a few things and a bit went to the dump. Selling things is very hit or miss. It all depends on where you live, what price you ask and what people are looking for. I used to hold onto things for months, if not years, in hopes of selling them. Now, I basically take 99% of it to the dump or donation place right away and only try to sell thing things I feel will actually sell. However, if they don’t sell within a two week period, then I donate them. The clutter is really only gone once it’s out of your house.

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    Great tips! I love being clutter free. I also dislike dusting. ?

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      Being clutter free is such a great feeling. I don’t know a lot of people who actually like dusting, haha.

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    Yep, I always stick to one room at a time (and when it’s really bad one area of the room at a time) so that I can see the progress. Otherwise it’s too overwhelming. Excited for your progress!

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      I agree, trying to tackle it as a whole can be very overwhelming, but tackling an area at a time is the perfect way to do it.

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