Lose 200 pounds in 1 weekend!

HAHA YEAH, I WISH.

Well, sorry to disappoint but this 200 lbs won’t come from your stomach, butt, or thighs, it will come from none other than……

YOUR HOUSE.

With this warmer weather slowly creeping in, it’s about time for what we all love/hate: Spring Cleaning. Whether you’re getting ready to sell your home or not, everyone needs a nice declutter/cleaning session. I took some time to read/skim “Lose 200 lbs this weekend, it’s time to declutter your life” by Don Aslett. Let me tell you, I’m a combination of a vacuum maniac, organization queen, and cloroxing freak, but even I have a hard time parting with some of my “junk.”

One tactic that has helped me with my clothes/knick-knack/ furniture/book/movie/home decor purging is this phrase:
“If you do not love, use, or need it, GET RID OF IT.” You will feel so much better once you do…That old phrase really is true: “One man’s junk is another man’s treasure.” So, go ahead, make someone’s day.

According to the author, there are associated mental benefits from de-cluttering. He says De-junk=de-stress! Makes sense to me….We are all SO over-booked, over-worked, and over-tired. Every single minute of our day is necessary. So why are we keeping things around that are unnecessary?

Look at some of these words that describe “excess” in the home:

piles

bulging

stacks

overflow

burdened

disorganized

chaos

loaded

Did you feel good after reading those? I know I sure didn’t.  All of those words instantly made me cringe. Is it possible that our subconscious is thinking that every time we are in our own home? EXCESS=STRESS.

Do yourself a favor and don’t be afraid to get rid of what you do not need! Lack of time is not an excuse. Even if you only have 5 minutes a day to devote to decluttering, DO IT 🙂

Here are some tips to avoid future clutter/excess:

1. Do not just weed it out, get rid of it. (moving it to the upstairs closet does not count as de-cluttering)

2. Don’t let the piling creep up- only keep the stuff you use every day easily accessible.

3. Actively avoid and dodge clutter ( recognize it before it gets too big)

4. THINK before you buy or charge…New may be better, but is it necessary?

5. Just because it is “FREE” or “ON SALE” does not mean you have to have it

Last, but certainly not least (I am SO guilty of this)…….

6. REMEMBER THE DIFFERENCE BETWEEN WANTS AND NEEDS

Check out some of these photos of cluttered homes transformed:

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(Every type-A clean freak like me just got an enormous amount of joy from those photos)

Happy Hump Day!

Morgan

(main photo credit: J. Arnold & CELF)

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