Recently I decluttered my home. I was ready to release and I went full force for a couple of days.
After that week I made sure I donated and tossed what I no longer wanted so it wouldn’t find it’s way back into our lives.
Which has been a downfall for me in the past. I’d gather up everything I knew we could get rid of and somehow it wouldn’t make it out of the trunk and it would sneak back into our home.
I did fizzle out a bit and haven’t completed my decluttering but I know its a process and I’m ready to get back at it again. I have a few items like our unused homeschooling books and a box full of pictures that I need to go through and either release or organize. These two things have been the Achilles heal of my decluttering journey so I know I need to get down to it and tackle the hard stuff this time around.
Spring is here and I know a lot of us are really itching to get our homes aired out and dust free.
So I thought I’d share my April Decluttering and Spring Refresh with all of you.
We can keep each other going and I’ll share some fun checklists along the way.
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Personally I like to just tackle what’s calling to me but I also like to have a rough idea of what I want to accomplish as well. So here is the outline for the next four weeks:
April Declutter & Refresh
Week 1 Master Bedroom & Master Closet
Week 2 Kitchen & Laundry Room
Week 3 Kids Rooms & Kids Closets
Week 4 Bathrooms & Living Room
Week 5 Books & Seasonal Clothes
We will start on April 1st, I know that a lot of us won’t want to do the major decluttering on a holiday but that’s the good thing about taking the whole week for certain areas. You can create the schedule that works for you. I’m giving the overview and encouragement and you make it what you need it to be for you.
While you’re waiting for us to get started you can get yourself ready by making sure you have a few things in place.
You will want to have plenty of trash bags: For trash obviously but also your donatable items like clothes and toys.
Trying to declutter and get things done around the house is never the time to be uncomfortable and restricted. So give yourself permission to put on those comfy clothes and get at it.
I love to have a basket for sorting or just holding onto some gathered items until I get to them. Also boxes for putting those larger items you want to donate in.
The right mindset is critical for going into this so if you’re not quite sure how to do this then you can start by simple jotting down why you’d love a clutter free home. How this Refresh will make you feel when you’re done. Keeping this in a place you can see easily during the next four weeks will help keep you committed and on course.
Call in the support from your family. If your kids are old enough they can pitch in with what needs to stay and go. If you won’t get tons of help physically from your spouse or significant other you can let them know what you’re planning and that support is needed.
If it’s important to you it should be important to them as well.
They can cheer you on, help with the heavy lifting, maybe grab the piles and drive them to donation. Every little thing helps and is great support to have.
We’ve Got This Mama!